Wake County Register of Deeds | Tammy Brunner

Apply for a Marriage License

The Wake County Register of Deeds issues Marriage Licenses by appointment.

Submit your Marriage License application and schedule your appointment online.

Before you fill out the application

Requirements to be Married in North Carolina

  • ​Applicants do NOT need to be residents of North Carolina to marry in Wake County or North Carolina.
  • A premarital medical examination is NOT required.
  • All of North Carolina's 100 Register of Deeds offices issue marriage licenses that can be used anywhere in the state. The original license must be returned to the county where it was issued.
  • Marriages may be performed by an ordained minister of any religious denomination, a minister authorized by a church, a magistrate, or a federally or state-recognized Indian Nation or tribe.
  • Getting married at a ceremony without a license may cause legal problems for a couple in the future. Without a recorded license, no one can determine whether they are in fact married until a court has determined it.

Failure to follow the instructions below can significantly delay the process!

Marriage License Application Checklist - In-person Appointment

Please follow the steps below to schedule an appointment:

  1. Click the ‘APPLY FOR A MARRIAGE LICENSE’ below and complete the online application.
  2. At the end of the application, you will be provided a link to schedule your appointment.
  3. Bring the following items to your appointment:
    • Valid ID
    • Certified birth record - for applicants ages 16-20.
    • Proof of social security or ITIN number.
    • Payment - cash or credit cards accepted.
  4. If you have questions, email [email protected]

Wake County Civil Marriages - Information and Location

Wake County Magistrates perform Civil Marriages at the

Wake County Justice Center
Ceremony: 9th Floor-Room 901
Monday – Friday
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
1:30 PM – 4:00 PM

  • Weddings will be conducted by appointment only in 30-minute intervals. Couples may apply for an appointment by emailing [email protected], but must first obtain a valid marriage license issued by a North Carolina Register of Deeds Office before an appointment will be granted.
  • Wedding parties will be limited to a total of 6 people (couple getting married, two witnesses at least 18 years old, and up to two additional witnesses).
  • The $50.00 marriage fee will be paid in the Clerk of Court’s Cashier Office in room 2500 of the Wake County Justice Center on the same day of appointment prior to the ceremony taking place.
  • All individuals in attendance must wear a face-covering in accordance with Emergency Directive #21 issued by the Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court.
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Are you getting married in North Carolina?

Getting married at a ceremony without a license may cause legal problems for a couple in the future. Without a recorded license, no one can determine whether they are in fact married until a court has determined it.

Failure to follow the instructions below can significantly delay the process!

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Are you getting married in the next 60 days?

Marriage licenses can be used immediately upon issuance and are good for 60 days.

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Do you meet the age and identification requirements?*

* Please click to review age and identification requirements.
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Do you have valid proof of you Social Security Number?*

* Please click to review forms of valid proof of Social Security Number.
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The cost for a marriage license is $60 (credit or debit card).