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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 elsewhere)
  • A marriage license from any NC county is good in all other NC counties too. IF you already live inside NC, you can get your license at your local NC courthouse, and bring it with you to an NC beach to use. 
  • Within 60 days prior to your wedding date, you both need to be over age 18 years, both 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. Once you marry and file it with courthouse, the license is valid for life. 
  • You need 2 adult WITNESSES at ceremony (we supply free witnesses if needed, even last-minute!),
  • 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 Officiant).

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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 elsewhere)
  • No witnesses needed, no blood test, no medical exam, and no SC residency needed.
  • A marriage license from any SC county is good in all other SC counties; PLUS it never expires.
  • IF you already live inside SC, you may get your license at your local SC Probate Office, and bring it with you to any SC beach to use. 
  • You both need to: be at least 18 years of age, appear in person at an SC 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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