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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 NC MARRIAGE LICENSE MUST BE PHYSICALLY PRESENT AT THE CEREMONY SITE–not in the car, or purse, or hotel or back home.
  • To marry within North Carolina, the couple MUST have an NC marriage license. (NOT from your home state)
  • A marriage license from any NC county is good in all other NC counties too.
  • You both need to: be over age 18 years, appear in-person at the Register of Deeds office, Mon-Fri only, show 2 legal IDs each, pay $60, swear-in, fill out their paperwork, but within 60 days prior to your wedding date. Once you marry, it is valid for life. 
  • You need 2 adult WITNESSES at ceremony (we supply free witnesses as you wish, easy peasy!),
  • Register of Deeds office hours are Mon-Fri 8am-4pm, closed holidays, so call your intended Register of Deeds Office for hours and which IDs they want from you. 
  • No blood test, no medical exam, no waiting period, no NC residency or US citizenship needed.
  • 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 the 2 license papers & envelope to Officiant BEFORE ceremony starts.
  • Your Minister/Officiant mails (files) your completed marriage license back to the issuing Registrar within 10 days after ceremony. IF you want to file it yourselves, ask us first–there is a $200 penalty on us if you miss 10-days deadline. 
  • Afterward, you order an official, certified copy of your license from the issuing Registrar’s office 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 SC MARRIAGE LICENSE MUST BE PHYSICALLY PRESENT AT THE CEREMONY SITE–not in the car, or purse, or hotel or back home.
  • To marry within South Carolina, the couple MUST have a SC marriage license. (NOT from your home state)
  • No witnesses needed, no blood test, no medical exam, and no SC residency needed.
  • A marriage license from any SC county is both good in all other SC counties and can use anytime for life, no expiration.
  • You both need to: be at least 18 years of age, appear in person at an SC county Probate Office, show your ORIGINAL Social Security Card or a Green Card, plus legal proof of your age, pay a fee, swear in, fill out paperwork, then you MUST wait…
  • a REQUIRED minimum of 24-hours wait-period (you both make 2 trips, on Mon-Fri only, to that Probate office, so plan your time accordingly). No exceptions. For example for a weekend wedding, you both arrive inside a Probate office no later than Thursday by 4pm and returning to them on Friday afternoon at 4pm
  • Probate Office hours are Mondays-Fridays 8am – 4:30m, closed holidays, so call your intended Probate Office now, to check their hours and which IDs they specifically want from you!
  • If divorced within last 60 days, that office may request to see a copy of divorce decree, call ahead to find out.
  • People under age 18 years, see SC county Probate office website for how-to info.
  • 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. 
  • Then give 3 license papers and envelope to Officiant before ceremony starts.
  • Then the Officiant will hand you 1 signed copy right after ceremony, plus Minister/Officiant mails (files) the other 2 pages back to the issuing Probate Office within 20 days after ceremony. 
  • AFTERWARD, you order an official, certified copy of your license from the issuing Probate office for $5/copy (not from Officiant)

Nearby South Carolina offices: 

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