Requirements for Obtaining a Marriage License
Both Applicants must be present when applying for the marriage license. The marriage may be performed anywhere within NC. You may download the work sheet by clicking here.
A premarital physical is not required.
Applicants need not be residents of North Carolina to marry in Wayne County.
Both Applicants must present identification.
Applicants 20 years of age or younger must have a certified copy of their birth certificate.
Applicants 16 or 17 years of age must have written parental consent and certified copies of their birth certificate in order to obtain a license.
Parents need to come with the Applicant in order to sign the consent form
Applicants 14 or 15 years of age must present a certified court order signed by a District Court Judge that authorizes the marriage.
Divorced applicants must provide the month and year of their last divorce. If the divorce was finalized within 30 days of applying for the license, the Applicant must provide an original or certified copy of the divorce decree as well. There is no waiting period between the divorce and applying for the new license.
The license is good immediately upon issuance and is valid for 60 days.
The fee for the license is $60.00 Cash, check or credit card accepted.
Marriage licenses are issued between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
Marriages may be performed by an ordained minister of any religious denomination, a minister authorized by a church, a magistrate, federally or state recognized Indian nation or tribe or any other person authorized to solemnize a marriage under the laws of this State.
How to Obtain a Copy of a Certified Marriage Record by Mail:
Certified copies of the marriage license are also available from this office after it has been returned to us. To process the request, we need the names of both Applicants and the date of the marriage. A certified copy of a marriage license is $10. Cash, check or credit card accepted when requesting in person.
The Wayne County Register of Deeds can only provide copies of marriage licenses that were issued by this office.