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HOW TO GET NC or SC MARRIAGE LICENSE:
 
(scroll down for SC)

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For N.C. Marriage License

BY LAW, YOUR N.C. MARRIAGE LICENSE MUST BE PHYSICALLY PRESENT AT THE CEREMONY SITE–not in the car, or purse, or hotel or back home.

To marry within NC, an NC marriage license must be issued to the couple from any North Carolina county, Register of Deeds (NOT from your home state). You both need to appear in person, show 2 legal IDs each, pay a fee, fill out paperwork, and 2 witnesses at ceremony (FYI we can supply free witnesses as needed), within 60 days prior to your wedding date, Mondays-Fridays only, and it is valid to use anywhere through out NC, for the next 60 days. Once you marry, it is valid for life. The following is required info:

  • Register of Deeds office hours are Mondays-Fridays 8am-4pm, closed holidays, so call your intended Register of Deeds Office for open hours. (Below)
  • No blood test, no medical exam, no waiting period, no residency or US citizenship needed.
  • Both of you must appear in person at that office.
  • People over age 18 years, both must show 2 forms of ID–please call the intended office, and ask what forms of ID they accept.
  • If divorced within last 60 days, registrar might request to see a copy of divorce decree.
  • FEE is $60 cash in all NC counties.
  • Give all license papers to Minister/Officiant before ceremony starts.
  • WITNESSES: After the ceremony, NC requires ANY 2 witnesses over age 18 years, to sign the marriage license too. (FYI we can easily get you 2 witnesses for free if you need that)
  • Your Minister/Officiant mails (files) your completed marriage license back to the issuing Registrar within 10 days after ceremony. (We do it the next business day)
  • Lastly, you order an official, certified copy of your license from the issuing Registrar for $10/each copy (not from minister).

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Nearby North Carolina offices:

 Brunswick County Register of Deeds (near Sunset, Ocean Isle, Shallotte, Calabash, Holden, Oak Island, Southport, Supply, St James)
75 Courthouse Dr
Bolivia NC 28422
910-253-2690
Click here for this application & instructions.

 New Hanover County Register of Deeds (near Wilmington, Wrightsville, Carolina, Kure, Ft Fisher, Figure 8, Leland)
216 N 2nd St
Wilmington NC 28401
910-798-7758
Click here and scroll down to ‘Marriage Application’ box.

•  Onslow County Register of Deeds (near Jacksonville, North Topsail, Sneads Ferry)
109 Old Bridge St
Jacksonville NC 28540
PH: 910-347-3451
FX: 910-347-3340
Click here for online instructions & application.

•  Pender County Register of Deeds (near Topsail, Surf City)
Howard Holly Building
300 E. Fremont St
Burgaw NC 28425
PH: 910-259-1225
FX: 910-259-1299

Click here for online instructions & application.

•  Carteret County Register of Deeds (near Atlantic, Bogue, Emerald Isle, Indian, Morehead, Salter Path, Pine Knoll, Beaufort)
302 Courthouse Sq
Beaufort NC 28516
PH: 252-728-8474
Click here for detailed online instructions.

 

For S.C. Marriage License

BY LAW, YOUR S.C. MARRIAGE LICENSE MUST BE PHYSICALLY PRESENT AT THE CEREMONY SITE–not in the car or hotel or back home.

To marry within SC, an SC marriage license must be issued to the couple from any South Carolina county’s Probate Office (NOT from your home state). You both need to appear in person, BEFORE A MANDATORY 24-hour wait-period (you both make 2 trips to that office) and MANDATORY show your Social Security Card or a Green Card, plus legal proof of your age, pay a fee, fill out paperwork, but no witnesses needed. You must do so AT LEAST BEFORE the required 24-hour-wait-period (for weekend weddings, this means arriving inside a Probate office no later than Thursday by 4pm and returning to them on Friday afternoon by 4pm). Once you get it, the license is valid to use throughout SC, for life, no expiration. The following is required info:

  • Probate Office hours are Mondays-Fridays 8am – 5pm, closed holidays, so call your intended Probate Office for open hours. (Below)
  • No blood test; no medical exam; issued license never expires.
  • You both must appear in person in that office.
  • Waiting period minimum 24-hours required: your application must be on file at least 24 hours before a license is issued. That means SC law requires you both MUST appear at the Probate Office in person (with IDs) to apply, and then return there no sooner than 24 hours later, to pick it up. No exceptions. Addresses below.
  • People over age 18 years must show 2 forms of government-issued IDs–please first call the intended office, and ask what forms of ID they accept. SC does require your Social Security card or Green Card.
  • If divorced within last 60 days, that office might request to see a copy of divorce decree, call ahead to find out.
  • FEES Horry County: County residents = $50, other SC residents = $75, out-of-state = $100. Cash or money order only. No plastic.
  • FEE Georgetown County: Everyone = $40. Cash or money order. No plastic.
  • FEE other SC Counties: prices vary a lot and are usually lower, please call them ahead. 
  • No witnesses needed.
  • Give all license papers to Minister/Officiant before ceremony starts.
  • Then the Minister/Officiant will give you a signed copy right after ceremony, plus Minister/Officiant mails (files) your completed marriage license back to the issuing Probate Office within 20 days after ceremony. (we do it the next business day)
  • Lastly, you order an official, certified copy of your license from the issuing Probate office for $5/copy (not from minister).

Nearby South Carolina offices: 

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