Marriage licenses are issued between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday with the exception of holidays. The bride and groom must appear together, in person, between those hours.
If both parties are age 21 or over, they each must have a valid (not expired) government issued ID (driver's license, or military ID), and their social security cards. If the original social security cards are not available, an official document such as a W-2 or other type of tax form or banking form may be presented.
If either party is between the ages of 18 - 21, they must also present a certified copy of their birth certificate, unless they were born in Craven County.
If either party is under the age of 18, they should call our office (252-636-6617) for more details.
If either party has been divorced or widowed within the 6 months preceding the date of application, they must present a filed copy of their final divorce decree or a copy of the death certificate of their deceased spouse.
Prior to completing the marriage license application, parties will need to know their parents' full names including mother's maiden name; state of birth, and current address (if possible).
Marriage licenses are good for 60 days and there is no waiting period after issuance.
Fee is $50 cash. ($60.00 as Sept 1, 2009)
For further information on marriage in North Carolina, please refer to the following General Statutes: http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/Statutes/StatutesTOC.pl?Chapter=0051