Your big day is almost here! Everything is coming together, and now all you have to worry about is actually getting through the day. You finally get to wear that beautiful dress, see all of your family and friends, eat that amazing cake, and walk down the aisle as husband and wife.

Ablissfully-engaged couple

Our blissful Fusion couple is preparing for their big day.

 

 

 

There’s still one more thing you have to take care of before you get to be officially “Mr. & Mrs.”

The Marriage License!

Here are all the requirements, make sure you go to the county registrar prepared, so the process doesn’t get delayed or drawn out needlessly.

 

 

 

 

 

Have all of your documentation ready 

If both parties are 21 or older, they must each have a valid government-issued ID card, and their social security cards. If social security cards are not available, an official document, such as a W-2, tax form, or bank document may be used.

If either party is between the ages of 18-21, they must present a certified copy of their birth certificate.

Prior to completing the application, both parties need to know their parents’ information, including mother’s maiden name, state of birth, and current address.

If either party has been previously married, proof of divorce is required.

 

Give yourself enough time 

Marriage licenses usually take 2 days and are issued Monday-Friday between 8 AM and 4 PM. The bride and groom must appear in person between those times. The marriage license is required to be signed by two witnesses at the ceremony and your officiant has 10 business days to send it off after the wedding. Do not wait until Friday at 4 PM, especially the week of your wedding! Marriage licenses are good for 60 days and there is no waiting period after issuance

For further information on marriage in North Carolina, please refer to the General Statutes