Marriage License Information

Both parties must personally appear at the Register of Deeds Office. Both parties must present a valid government picture ID card (driver’s license, passport, etc.) that includes date of birth information. You must bring a Social Security card or something valid with your number on it or an affidavit which indicates that you are not eligible for a Social Security number.

If you are divorced: If the divorce was finalized within 1 year of applying for a marriage license, the party must present a copy of the divorce decree signed by the judge. There is no waiting period between the divorce and applying for the marriage license.

The license is good immediately upon issuance and is valid for 60 days. You can get your license in any county in the State of North Carolina and get married anywhere in the state of North Carolina, but it is very important to return the marriage license to the issuing county within 10 days after the marriage ceremony.

The fee for the marriage license is $60.00. Accepted payment includes cash, checks, or money orders, made payable to the Dare County Register of Deeds. Return of the completed license after the marriage ceremony is the responsibility of the Officiant.

The Register of Deeds Office is open from 8:30AM until 5:00PM but ask that marriage applicants be in the office no later than 4:30PM, if possible. Address is: Dare County Justice Center, 962 Marshall C. Collins Drive, Manteo, North Carolina 27954. (252) 475-5970.

If you need a certified copy of your marriage license, you may acquire it in person or you may request it by mail at: P.O. Box 70, Manteo, North Carolina 27954. The fee is $10.00. A self-addressed stamped envelope is appreciated.


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