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Requirements for Obtaining a Marriage License    
Both parties 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.

need not be residents of North Carolina to marry in Wayne County.

Both bride and groom must present identification.

Applicants 21 years of age or above may use one of the following forms of identification:

Driver's license (not expired)
State-issued ID Card (not expired)
Passport (not expired)
Military ID (not expired)

If one of the above-referenced IDs does not provide your full name and
   gender, then a certified birth certificate is recommended.
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  acquire a license.  Parents need to come with the couple in order to sign the  consent form.   .

Applicants 14 and 15 years of age must present certified court order signed by a District Court Judge that authorizes the marriage.


In Addition to Identification, Both Bride and Groom must present their original Social Security card or must provide verification of the number by presenting a W-2 form or pay stub which must contain the entire social security number.

Applicants who are not eligible for a Social Security number may obtain a marriage license by signing an affidavit attesting to this fact.  You may download the affidavit by clicking here

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.

he 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. 

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:
  1. If you are unable to come in person to get a copy of your marriage certificate, you may send in a written request. Please include the following information on your request: Groom and Bride Name, and date of marriage. You may download the request form by clicking here.
  2. Sign your request form and enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope, along with a copy of your current driver's license, and a current phone number.
  3. Certified copies are $10.00 each. We accept check or money order through the mail.
  4. Mail your request to: Wayne County Register of Deeds, 224-226 East Walnut Street, Goldsboro, NC 27533.
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 name of the groom and bride 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.

Last Modified on September 17, 2014