How to Get Married in North Carolina

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You must show proof of age in North Carolina. This can be accomplished by providing your driver's license, Military or State ID, passport or certified birth certificate.

You will also need to show proof of your Social Security number. This can be by a W-2 form, payroll stub, or any official document with your Social Security number on it.

Residency Requirement

You do not have to be a resident of North Carolina.

Previous Marriages

If previously married, the date of divorce or date of spouse's death must be supplied. If the divorce was within 60 days, a signed copy of the divorce decree will need to be shown.

Covenant Marriage Option


Waiting Period

North Carolina does not have a waiting period.


Fees can and do change, so make sure to check with the County Clerk's office. Also, ask about what types of payment they accept as some only accept cash.

Other Tests

North Carolina does not require you to have any blood tests or physical exams.

Proxy Marriages

No. However, only one of you can apply for the marriage license if a sworn and notarized affidavit from your absent partner is presented.

Cousin Marriages 

Yes, but if you two have a closer relationship than being first cousins, you may not marry in North Carolina.

Common Law Marriages 


Same-Sex Marriages


Under 18

Anyone under 20 years of age will need to show a certified copy of their birth certificate. If you are between 16 and 17 years old, you will have to show parental consent. Those who are 14 to 15 years old, you can't get a marriage license without a court order. Anyone under 14 years of age cannot get married.


Any ordained or licensed clergymen, and magistrates.


Two witnesses are required.


License is valid for sixty (60) days.