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Marriage in North Carolina: The requirements

If you're considering getting married, you're probably wondering where to begin. Here is a short breakdown of the marriage process in North Carolina.

What do you have to do to get a license to marry?

To get a marriage license in North Carolina, you need to go to County Register of Deeds Office. This office will provide you with an application for a license. You'll need to pay around $60 for the licensing fee, and you can get your marriage license immediately. Both you and your spouse will need to go to the office when you obtain the license.

If you were married in the past, then you only need to know the date of your divorce or the date when your spouse passed away. As long as your divorce was over 60 days ago, you need no other documentation. However, if you recently divorced, you may need to have your divorce decree ready for the clerk to review.

Can people under the age of 18 get married in North Carolina?

If you're not yet 18 and wish to get married, it's possible if you are 16 or 17 and have your parent's consent. Younger teens, ages 14 and 15, may also marry if the court approves their request. In all cases, both people will need to come to the court or county office to request a license. They will need photo identifications and social security numbers. An attorney can help if your situation is one that may not be recognized by law or if you need help approaching the courts for your underage marriage.

Once you receive your marriage license, it's good for 60 days. If you don't get married within that time, you'll need to get a new license. When you get married, two witnesses are necessary to confirm the union.

Source: FindLaw, "North Carolina Marriage License Requirements," accessed Sep. 02, 2016

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