Bring your marriage license to the rehearsal or the ceremony. Two witnesses will sign the marriage license immediately after the ceremony. I will mail the signed originals to the appropriate office within 10 days.
Since my ordination is through the International Council of Community Churches, I am authorized to perform ceremonies throughout the United States and Internationally.
North Carolina Marriage License Requirements Apply for your marriage license at the NC Register of Deeds office in the county where you will be married. The license will be issued immediately and will be valid for up to 60 days. There is no state residency requirement and no blood tests are needed. Both applicants should appear at the Register of Deeds office and must be at least 18 years old to be legally married.
Details may vary by county, so check with your local office before visiting. See list below. Plan to arrive well before closing to allow enough time for marriage license processing, which might be 1-2 hours. In Mecklenberg County, you can apply online, see web address below.
Items you will need to bring
Social Security number (provide proof with a W-2 form, payroll stub or statement from the Social Security office)
Photo ID showing date of birth such as: drivers license, state ID card, passport or military ID.
If age 18-21, also bring your Certified Birth Certificate
$60 license fee, depends on the county
If you’ve been previously married… If you’ve been previously married, you’ll need to provide the date of the divorce and possibly a certified copy of the divorce decree. Check with your local office.
You are responsible for delivering the license to your officiant. She/ he will complete the bottom portion of both copies and return it to the Register of Deeds within 10 days. To get a copy of your marriage license, complete a copy request form, which will cost $10. This form will come with your marriage license packet or you may find it on your local Register of Deeds website.
Register of Deeds Offices in the Charlotte area
Anson County Register Of Deeds
P.O. Box 352 Wadesboro, NC 28170 704-694-3212
Cabarrus County Clerk, Register Of Deeds
P.O. Box 707 Concord, NC 28026 704-788-8112
Cleveland County Register Of Deeds
P.O. Box 1210 Shelby, NC 28150 704-484-4834
Gaston County Register Of Deeds
P.O. Box 1578 Gastonia, NC 28053 704-866-3181
Lincoln County Register Of Deeds , County Court House
Lincolnton, NC 28092 704-736-8530
Mecklenburg County Registrar of Deeds-
Marriage Dept 720 East Fourth St Room 103 Charlotte, NC 28202 704-336-2845 Marriage License Recorded Information Line: 704-336-6090 http://meckrod.manatron.com
Union County Register Of Deeds
P.O. Box 248 Monroe, NC 28110 704-283-3843
How to Obtain a Marriage License in South Carolina Bride and groom must appear together and file a written application. (The Application can not be picked up) This application contains the following information: Both persons seeking the contract of matrimony are legally entitled to marry together with the full name of the persons, their ages and places of residence. This is a sworn statement that must be signed by both contracting parties and notarized in the office of the Probate Judge in which the license is to be issued.
There is a twenty-four (24) hour waiting period after the application is made before the license can be picked up and the parties can be married.
Applicants eighteen (18) years old or older DO NOT NEED PARENTAL CONSENT. Applicants 18 years or older must present one piece of identification. Identification may be one of the following:
--A valid Driver's License --Original birth certificate or certified copy of the birth certificate --A valid SC Identification Card issued by the SC Highway Department --Current Military Identification Card --A current passport A Social Security card is required for EACH applicant.
WITH PARENTAL CONSENT, applicants must be at least sixteen (16) years old to be eligible to receive a marriage license. Any applicant under the age of eighteen (18) years old must file an original birth certificate or a certified copy of the long form thereof, which becomes part of the permanent record of the application.
The parent or legal guardian of the minor applicant must appear at the same time as the minor to present identification and sign a form consenting to the marriage.
NO BLOOD TEST IS REQUIRED
NO RESIDENCY IS REQUIRED
The filing cost for the marriage license varies in each county. Most accept cash only. No checks. Call and ask before going.
Only ministers of the Gospel or accepted Jewish rabbis and officers authorized to administer oaths in the State of South Carolina are authorized to administer a marriage ceremony in South Carolina.
A South Carolina marriage license is valid ONLY for marriages performed in South Carolina.
Expiration Dates on a SC Marriage License varies in each county.
Business Hours of each Probate Court-Marriage License Division varies in each county.
CLICK HERE for Contact Addresses & Phone Numbers of South Carolina Probate Offices.
ABOUT CERTIFIED COPIES:
If the bride is going to change her last name, she will need one of the certified copies of your completed marriage license. If she has a passport she will need to change, I suggest you get 2 certified copies. They are $10 each. (counties may vary)
Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed. If you need to change your last name, you can use an online marriage name change kit. (NC marriage license page has a link for this kit)
After the Register of Deeds has recorded your marriage they will mail your certified copies to you. You will need to take one certified copy to the Social Security office to change your name. They will scan it in and give it back to you.
Then take it to the DMV to change your name on your drivers’ license. They will scan in your certified copy and give it back to you. Social Security and DMV will not accept photocopies.
If you have a passport, you will need to mail in your certified copy to get your name changed for that.
I suggest you keep the other original certified copy at home in your files to photocopy for those wanting proof of marriage but don’t require an original.
Also remember that if either of you is going on the others health insurance, you have only 30 days from your wedding date to notify the health insurance carrier of your change in dependents.
Marriage is a “qualifying event” that will allow you to make this change mid-period. If you miss this time frame, you will have to wait until the next enrollment period to add a dependent.