Everything You Need to Know About Your Marriage License

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As a Wedding Officiant , I receive many inquires about the marriage license.  It can be confusing when you have so many things to do for your upcoming wedding. After the ceremony and honeymoon, you start thinking about your new life and how to change your name legally for various documents.  In NC, you do not receive a registered copy of the marriage license unless you request it along with a $10 payment online, in person or by mail.

If you would like any more information you may contact me here: https://www.annmckenzie.net/contact/


Q: Where and when do I obtain a marriage license?

A: All of North Carolina’s 100 Register of Deeds offices issue marriage licenses that can be used anywhere in the state. The license can be used immediately upon issuance and is good for 60 days. You must go in person to obtain your marriage license and the cost is $60. Both completed original licenses must be returned to the county where it was issued. http://www.wakegov.com/rod/help/vital/marriage/Pages/application.aspx


Q. Who files the marriage certificate after all the signatures are obtained (the two witnesses and the minister’s signatures)?

A. Usually, the minister will mail the copies to the Register of Deeds. If you are leaving on a trip very soon or need the marriage license for insurance, etc. , you can take it to the Register of Deeds yourself and obtain a certified copy immediately.


Q: How do I obtain a certified copy of my marriage license?

A:  You may obtain a certified copy of your marriage license after it has been filed with the Register of Deeds. This can be obtained online at  https://wakerod.permitium.com/rod ,  in person or by US mail: send  a completed request from, $10 check or money order, and photo copy of a government issued ID , print out request form to mail from http://www.wakegov.com/rod


Q. How do I change my name?

A. Present a certified copy of the marriage certificate to the Social Security Office, wait 24 hours , then present a certified copy to the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles)

For more questions about your wedding: https://www.annmckenzie.net/wedding-qas/

4 thoughts on “Everything You Need to Know About Your Marriage License

  1. Tammie Houston Reply

    Thanks for letting me know that I can have a representative file a marriage license on our behalf. The process seems really complicated and I fear that my cousin won’t be able to understand the process. He and his spouse are planning on getting married at court and were coming to me for help. I’ll be sure to find someone I can refer them to that’ll help them out with the process.

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