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North Carolina Marriage Laws

Congratulations! If you've found yourself at this page it is likely that you are either planning to be married or have been asked to perform a wedding ceremony in North Carolina. Ordained ministers of the Universal Life Church have successfully performed thousands of legal marriages in North Carolina. The information provided below will walk you through the steps one must follow to become a minister and perform a valid wedding ceremony in the state of North Carolina.

Quick Facts
  • ULC Ordination Accepted: Yes
  • Minister Registration Required: Sometimes
  • Minister's Residency: Irrelevant
  • Minister's Minimum Age: 18
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  • Marriage License Waiting Period: 0 Days
  • Marriage License Valid For: 60 Days
  • Marriage License Return Within: By Expiration

1 How to Become an Ordained Minister in North Carolina

If you haven't already, you should get ordained online with the Universal Life Church. Ordination is free and can be completed in just a matter of minutes. Thousands of legally valid marriages are performed by ULC ministers around the world every year. Begin the process by clicking the big blue button below!

2 How to Officiate a Marriage in North Carolina

Next, you should contact the office of your local marriage authority (typically your county clerk). Let them know that you are a minister of the Universal Life Church in Seattle, and ask what they will require of you to officiate a legal marriage.

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3 License to Marry in North Carolina

After you've contacted your marriage authority, you should visit our online store to purchase whatever documentation will be required. We typically advise ministers in North Carolina to get an Ordination Package. Although minister registration is not required in North Carolina we have been informed by ULC ministers in the area that county clerks will frequently ask to see proof of ordination before they will accept a marriage as having been legally solemnized. Additionally, please attempt to leave at least 3 weeks between the date of the wedding ceremony and your order, to ensure that you receive all of your materials in advance.

4 How to Perform a Wedding in North Carolina

Now that you've done all of the above, you are ready to perform the wedding! Be sure that the couple has picked up their North Carolina marriage license from the appropriate office. This license will expire 60 days after it is issued, and there is a 1-day waiting period between when the couple picks up the marriage license in North Carolina and when the ceremony may legally be conducted. The signed license must be returned to the issuing office before its date of expiry. At the Universal Life Church we receive several calls from wedding officiants in North Carolina, after they've received their license to marry by getting ordained online, asking for guidance on how to perform a wedding ceremony. Once the legal matters have been taken care of, officiating a wedding (while a sometimes-daunting task) can be a great deal of fun. We would suggest that new North Carolina wedding ministers concerned about the ceremony peruse one of our helpful wedding guides. The minister training section of our website should offer a helpful refresher for more experienced ministers.


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North Carolina Marriage Code

Marriage laws in North Carolina are primarily directed by Article 1 of Chapter 51 of North Carolina's general statutes, which defines the persons authorized to perform a marriage in the State of North Carolina. This includes ordained ministers of the Universal Life Church, among other individuals. We've reproduced a portion of this code below.
§ 51-1. Requisites of marriage; solemnization.

A valid and sufficient marriage is created by the consent of a male and female person who may lawfully marry, presently to take each other as husband and wife, freely, seriously and plainly expressed by each in the presence of the other, either:

(1) a. In the presence of an ordained minister of any religious denomination, a minister authorized by a church, or a magistrate; and

b. With the consequent declaration by the minister or magistrate that the persons are husband and wife; or

(2) In accordance with any mode of solemnization recognized by any religious denomination, or federally or State recognized Indian Nation or Tribe.

Marriages solemnized before March 9, 1909, by ministers of the gospel licensed, but not ordained, are validated from their consummation.

View the North Carolina Statutes on the official state site
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Alamance County

118 West Harden St
Graham, North Carolina
27253

Alamance County website »

Alexander County

75 1st Street SW, STE 1
P.O. Box 1
Taylorsville, North Carolina
28681

Phone: (828) 632-3152
Fax: (828) 632-1119
Alexander County website »

Alleghany County Register of Deeds

348 South Main St.
PO Box 366
Sparta, North Carolina
28675

Phone: 336-372-4342
Fax: 336-372-2061
Alleghany County Register of Deeds website »

Anson County

101 S. Greene St.
Wadesboro, North Carolina
28170

Phone: (704) 994-3208
Fax: (704) 994-3238
Anson County website »

Ashe County

150 Government Circle
Jefferson, North Carolina
28640

Phone: (336) 846-5580
Fax: (336) 846-5516
Ashe County website »

Avery County

PO Box 87
Newland, North Carolina
28657

Phone: (828) 733-8260
Fax: (828) 733-8209
Avery County website »

Beaufort County

121 W. 3rd St.
Washington, North Carolina
27889

Phone: (252) 946-0079
Fax: (252) 946-7722
Beaufort County website »

Bertie County

108 Dundee St.
PO Box 530
Windsor, North Carolina
27983

Phone: (252) 794-5309
Fax: (252) 794-5374
Bertie County website »

Bladen County

106 East Broad St.
PO Box 247
Elizabethtown, North Carolina
28337

Phone: (910) 862-6710
Fax: (910) 862-6767
Bladen County website »

Brunswick County

75 Courthouse Drive
PO Box 87
Bolivia, North Carolina
28422

Phone: (910) 253-2690
Fax: (910) 253-2703
Brunswick County website »

Buncombe County Register of Deeds

35 Woodfin Street
Asheville, North Carolina
28801

Phone: (828) 250-4303
Fax: (828) 250-4339
Buncombe County Register of Deeds website »

Burke County

201 South Green Street
PO Box 936
Morganton, North Carolina
28680

Phone: (828) 438-5450
Fax: (828) 438-5463
Burke County website »

Cabarrus County

65 Church St. SE
PO Box 707
Concord, North Carolina
28026

Phone: (704) 920-2112
Fax: (704) 920-2898
Cabarrus County website »

Caldwell County

905 West Avenue NW
PO Box 2200
Lenoir, North Carolina
28645

Phone: (828) 757-1310
Fax: (828) 757-1294
Caldwell County website »

Camden County

117 North NC 343
PO Box 190
Camden, North Carolina
27921

Phone: (252) 338-1919
Fax: (252) 333-1603
Camden County website »

Carteret County

302 Courthouse Square
Beaufort, North Carolina
28516

Phone: (252) 728-8474
Fax: (252) 728-7693
Carteret County website »

Caswell County

PO Box 98
Yanceyville, North Carolina
27379

Phone: (336) 694-4197
Fax: (336) 694-7848
Caswell County website »

Catawba County

100-A South West Blvd.
PO Box 756
Newton, North Carolina
28658

Phone: (919) 542-8235
Fax: (919) 542-8272
Catawba County website »

Chatham County

PO Box 1809
Pittsboro, North Carolina
27312

Phone: (919) 545-8200
Fax: (919) 542-8272
Chatham County website »

Cherokee County

75 Peachtree St.
Suite 126-A
Murphy, North Carolina
28906

Phone: (828) 837-2613
Fax: (828) 837-9684
Cherokee County website »

Chowan County

101 South Broad St.
PO Box 487
Edenton, North Carolina
27932

Phone: (252) 482-2619
Fax: (252) 482-3062
Chowan County website »

Clay County

PO Box 118
Hayesville, North Carolina
28904

Phone: (828) 389-0089
Fax: (828) 389-9749
Clay County website »

Cleveland County

311 East Marion Street
PO Box 1210
Shelby, North Carolina
28151

Phone: (704) 484-4834
Fax: (704) 484-4930
Cleveland County website »

Columbus County

111 Washington St.
PO Box 1086
Whiteville, North Carolina
28472

Phone: (910) 640-6625
Fax: (910) 640-2386
Columbus County website »

Craven County Register of Deeds

226 Pollock St
New Bern, North Carolina
28560

Phone: (252) 636-6617
Fax: (252) 636-1937
Craven County Register of Deeds website »

Cumberland County

PO Box 2039
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28306

Phone: (910) 678-7775
Fax: (910) 678-7717
Cumberland County website »

Currituck County

153 Courthouse Road, Suite 600
PO Box 39
Currituck, North Carolina
27929

Phone: (252) 232-3297
Fax: (252) 232-3906
Currituck County website »

Dare County - Register of Deeds

PO Box 70
Manteo, North Carolina
27954

Phone: (252) 475-5970
Fax: (252) 473-5393
Dare County - Register of Deeds website »

Davidson County

203 West 2nd Street
Lexington, North Carolina
27292

Phone: (336) 242-2150
Fax: (336) 248-8440
Davidson County website »

Davie County Register of Deeds

123 South Main Street
Mocksville, North Carolina
27028

Davie County Register of Deeds website »

Duplin County

PO Box 970
Keansville, North Carolina
28349

Phone: (910) 296-2108
Fax: (910) 296-2344
Duplin County website »

Durham County

200 East Main St.
Durham, North Carolina
27701

Phone: (919) 560-0480
Fax: (919) 560-0497
Durham County website »

Edgecombe County

201 St. Andrew St.
PO Box 386
Tarboro, North Carolina
27886

Phone: (252) 641-7924
Fax: (252) 641-1771
Edgecombe County website »

Forsyth County

201 N. Chestnut St.
Winston Salem, North Carolina
27101

Phone: (336) 703-2701
Fax: (336) 727-8446
Forsyth County website »

Franklin County

113 Market St.
PO Box 545
Louisburg, North Carolina
27549

Phone: (919) 496-3500
Fax: (919) 496-1457
Franklin County website »

Gaston County

Gaston County Courthouse, 1st Floor
325 North Marietta Street
Gastonia, North Carolina
28052

Gaston County website »

Gates County

PO Box 471
Gatesville, North Carolina
27938

Phone: (252) 357-1391
Fax: (252) 357-0073
Gates County website »

Graham County

12 N. Main St.
Robbinsville, North Carolina
28771

Phone: (828) 479-7971
Fax: (828) 479-7902
Graham County website »

Granville County

141 Williamsboro Street
PO Box 427
Oxford, North Carolina
27565

Phone: (919) 693-6314
Fax: (919) 690-1766
Granville County website »

Greene County

301 N. Greene St.
PO Box 86
Snow Hill, North Carolina
28580

Phone: (252) 747-3620
Fax: (252) 747-3884
Greene County website »

Guilford County

201 West Market St.
2nd Floor
Greensboro, North Carolina
27402

Phone: (336) 641-7556
Fax: (336) 641-6833
Guilford County website »

Halifax County

PO Box 67
Halifax, North Carolina
27839

Phone: (252) 583-2101
Fax: (252) 583-1273
Halifax County website »

Harnett County

305 W Cornelius Harnett Blvd.
PO Box 759
Lillington, North Carolina
27546

Phone: (910) 893-7540
Fax: (910) 814-3841
Harnett County website »

Haywood County

215 N. Main St.
Suite 213
Waynesville, North Carolina
28786

Phone: (828) 452-6635
Fax: (828) 452-6715
Haywood County website »

Henderson County

200 N Grove St STE 129
Hendersonville, North Carolina
28792

Phone: (828) 697-4901
Fax: (828) 692-9855
Henderson County website »

Hertford County

PO Box 36
Winton, North Carolina
27986

Phone: (252) 358-7850
Fax: (252) 358-7914
Hertford County website »

Hoke County

113 Campus Ave
Raeford, North Carolina
28376

Phone: (910) 875-2035
Fax: (910) 875-9554
Hoke County website »

Hyde County

30 Oyster Creek Rd.
PO Box 294
Swan Quarter, North Carolina
27885

Phone: (252) 926-4182
Fax: (252) 926-3710
Hyde County website »

Iredell County

201 East Water Street
PO Box 788
Statesville, North Carolina
28677

Iredell County website »

Jackson County

401 Grindstaff Cove Rd.
Sylva, North Carolina
28779

Phone: (828) 586-7530
Fax: (828) 631-2208
Jackson County website »

Johnston County

207 East Johnston Street
Smithfield, North Carolina
27577

Johnston County website »

Jones County

PO Box 189
Trenton, North Carolina
28585

Phone: (252) 448-2551
Fax: (252) 448-1357
Jones County website »

Lee County

1408 S. Horner Blvd
Sanford, North Carolina
27330

Lee County website »

Lenoir County

PO Box 3289
Kinston, North Carolina
28502

Phone: (252) 559-6420
Fax: (252) 523-6139
Lenoir County website »

Lincoln County

115 W. Main St.
PO Box 218
Lincolnton, North Carolina
28093

Phone: (704) 736-8530
Fax: (704) 736-8820
Lincoln County website »

Macon County

5 W. Main St.
Franklin, North Carolina
28734

Phone: (828) 349-2095
Fax: (828) 349-2400
Macon County website »

Madison County

5707 Highwayn25/70
PO Box 66
Marshall, North Carolina
28753

Phone: (828) 649-3131
Fax: (828) 258-8754
Madison County website »

Martin County

305 E. Main St.
PO Box 668
Williamston, North Carolina
27892

Phone: (252) 789-4320
Fax: (252) 789-4329
Martin County website »

McDowell County

60 East Court St.
Marion, North Carolina
28752

Phone: (828) 652-4727
Fax: (828) 659-3484
McDowell County website »

Mecklenburg County

600 East 4th St.
Charlotte, North Carolina
28202

Phone: (704) 336-2443
Fax: (704) 336-7699
Mecklenburg County website »

Mitchell County

26 Crimson Laurel Circle
Bakersville, North Carolina
28705

Phone: 828-688-2139
Fax: 828-688-3666
Mitchell County website »

Montgomery County

102 East Spring St.,
PO Box 695
Troy, North Carolina
27372

Phone: (910) 576-4271
Fax: (910) 576-2209
Montgomery County website »

Moore County

PO Box 1210
Carthage, North Carolina
28327

Phone: (910) 947-6370
Fax: (910) 947-6396
Moore County website »

Nash County

120 W. Washington St.
PO Box 974
Nashville, North Carolina
27856

Phone: (252) 459-9836
Fax: (252) 459-9889
Nash County website »

New Hanover County

Registrar of Deeds
216 North Second Street
Wilmington, North Carolina
28401

Phone: (910) 798-7711
Fax: (910) 798-7751
New Hanover County website »

Northampton County

PO Box 128
Jackson, North Carolina
27845

Phone: (252) 534-2511
Fax: (252) 534-1580
Northampton County website »

Onslow County

109 Old Bridge Street
Jacksonville, North Carolina
28546

Phone: (910) 347-3451
Fax: (910) 347-3340
Onslow County website »

Orange County

228 South Churton St.
PO Box 8181
Hillsborough, North Carolina
27278

Orange County website »

Pamlico County

302 Main St.
PO Box 776
Bayboro, North Carolina
28571

Phone: (252) 745-3133
Fax: (252) 745-5144
Pamlico County website »

Pasquotank County

PO Box 39
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
27907

Phone: (252) 335-0865
Fax: (252) 335-0866
Pasquotank County website »

Pender County

PO Box 5
Burgaw, North Carolina
28425

Phone: (910) 259-1200
Fax: (910) 259-1402
Pender County website »

Perquimans County

128 N. Church St.
P.O. Box 74
Hertford, North Carolina
27944

Phone: (252) 426-5660
Fax: (252) 426-7443
Perquimans County website »

Person County

304 S. Morgan St.
Roxboro, North Carolina
27573

Phone: (336) 597-1720
Fax: (336) 599-1609
Person County website »

Pitt County

1717 West 5th St.
Greenville, North Carolina
27834

Phone: (252) 902-2951
Fax: (252) 830-6311
Pitt County website »

Polk County

PO Box 308
Columbus, North Carolina
28722

Phone: (828) 894-3301 ext 7
Fax: (828) 894-2263
Polk County website »

Randolph County Register of Deeds

158 Worth St.
Asheboro, North Carolina
27203

Phone: (336) 318-6960
Fax: (336) 318-6969
Randolph County Register of Deeds website »

Richmond County

PO Box 504
Rockingham, North Carolina
28380

Phone: (910) 997-8213
Fax: (910) 997-8208
Richmond County website »

Robeson County

701 N. Elm St.
Lumberton, North Carolina
28358

Phone: (910) 671-3022
Fax: (910) 671-3010
Robeson County website »

Rockingham County

371 NC 65
Reidsville, North Carolina
27320

Phone: (336) 342-8102
Fax: (336) 342-8105
Rockingham County website »

Rowan County

402 North Main Street
Salisbury, North Carolina
28144

Phone: 704-216-2637
Fax: (704) 216-8195
Rowan County website »

Rutherford County

289 North Main Street
Rutherfordton, North Carolina
28139

Phone: (828) 287-6045
Fax: (828) 287-6262
Rutherford County website »

Sampson County

435 Rowan Rd.
Clinton, North Carolina
28328

Phone: (910) 592-6308
Fax: (910) 592-1945
Sampson County website »

Scotland County

507 West Covington Street
PO Box 489
Laurinburg, North Carolina
28353

Phone: (910) 277-3191
Fax: (910) 277-2411
Scotland County website »

Stanly County

1000 N. First Street
Albemarle, North Carolina
28001

Phone: (704) 986-3602
Fax: (704) 983-3133
Stanly County website »

Stokes County

1012 St Hwy 8
Danbury, North Carolina
27016

Stokes County website »

Surry County

118 Hamby Rd
Dobson, North Carolina
27017

Phone: (336) 401-8210
Fax: (336) 401-8216
Surry County website »

Swain County

546 Center Street
Bryson City, North Carolina
28713

Swain County website »

Transylvania County

21 E. Main St.
Brevard, North Carolina
28712

Phone: (828) 884-3271
Fax: (828) 884-3119
Transylvania County website »

Tyrrell County

108 South Water St.
PO Box 449
Columbia, North Carolina
27925

Phone: (252) 796-1371
Fax: (252) 796-1188
Tyrrell County website »

Union County

500 N. Main St.
Monroe, North Carolina
28112

Phone: (704) 283-3656
Fax: (704) 282-0121
Union County website »

Vance County

122 Young St.
Henderson, North Carolina
27536

Phone: (252) 738-2003
Fax: (252) 738-2039
Vance County website »

Wake County

One Bank of America Plaza 421 Fayetteville Street
Raleigh, North Carolina
27601

Phone: 919-856-5460
Fax: 919-856-5467
Wake County website »

Warren County

105 S. Front St.
PO Box 619
Warrenton, North Carolina
27589

Phone: (252) 257-3115
Fax: (252) 257-5971
Warren County website »

Washington County

PO Box 1007
Plymouth, North Carolina
27962

Washington County website »

Watauga County

814 West King Street
Boone, North Carolina
28607

Phone: (828) 265-8000
Fax: (828) 264-3230
Watauga County website »

Wayne County

PO Box 227
Goldsboro, North Carolina
27533

Phone: (919) 731-1445
Fax: (919) 731-1446
Wayne County website »

Wilkes County

500 Court House Drive
Wilkesboro, North Carolina
28697

Wilkes County website »

Wilson County

PO Box 1728
Wilson, North Carolina
27894

Phone: (252) 399-2804
Fax: (252) 237-4341
Wilson County website »

Yadkin County

101 State Street
PO Box 211
Yadkinville, North Carolina
27055

Phone: (336) 679-4225
Fax: (336) 679-3239
Yadkin County website »

Yancey County

225 West Main Street
Burnsville, North Carolina
28714

Yancey County website »