North Carolina Marriage Laws

North Carolina Outline

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 Street
Graham, North Carolina

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Alexander County

75 1st Street SW, Suite 1
Taylorville, North Carolina

Phone: (828) 632-3152
Fax: (828) 632-1119
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Alleghany County

348 South Main St.
Sparta, North Carolina

Phone: (336) 372-4342
Fax: (336) 372-2061
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Anson County

101 S. Greene Street, Suite 131
Wadesboro, North Carolina

Phone: (704) 994-3208
Fax: (704) 694-5874
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Ashe County

150 Government Circle Suite 2300
Jefferson, North Carolina

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Avery County

200 Montezuma Street
Newland, North Carolina

Phone: (828) 733-8260
Fax: (828) 733-8261
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Beaufort County

112 W 2nd St
Washington, North Carolina

Phone: (252) 946-2323
Fax: (252) 946-7938
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Bertie County

108 Dundee St.
Windsor, North Carolina

Phone: (252) 794-5309
Fax: (252) 794-5374
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Bladen County

106 East Broad Street
Elizabethtown, North Carolina

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Brunswick County

75 Courthouse Drive
Bolivia, North Carolina

Phone: (910) 253-2690
Fax: (910) 253-2703
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Buncombe County

205 College Street
Asheville, North Carolina

Phone: (828) 250-4303
Fax: (828) 250-4339
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Burke County

201 South Green St.
Morganton, North Carolina

Phone: (828) 764-9340
Fax: (828) 438-5463
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Cabarrus County

65 Church St. S.
Concord, North Carolina

Phone: (704) 920-2100
Fax: (704) 920-2820
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Caldwell County

905 West Avenue NW
Lenoir, North Carolina

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Camden County

117 N. Hwy 343
Camden, North Carolina

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Carteret County

302 Court House Square
Beaufort, North Carolina

Phone: (252) 728-8474
Fax: (252) 728-7693
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Caswell County

139 E. Church St
Yanceyville, North Carolina

Phone: (336) 694-4197
Fax: (336) 694-7848
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Catawba County

100 Government Drive
Newton, North Carolina

Phone: (828) 465-1573
Fax: (828) 465-1911
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Chatham County

12 East Street
Pittsboro, North Carolina

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Cherokee County

75 Peachtree Street, Suite 126-A
Murphy, North Carolina

Phone: (828) 837-2613
Fax: (828) 837-9684
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Chowan County

101 S. Broad Street
Edenton, North Carolina

Phone: (252) 482-2619
Fax: (252) 482-3062
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Clay County

261 Courthouse Drive Suite 2
Hayesville, North Carolina

Phone: (828) 389-0087
Fax: (828) 389-1261
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Cleveland County

311 East Marion Street
Shelby, North Carolina

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Columbus County

125 Washington St. Suite B
Whiteville, North Carolina

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Craven County

226 Pollock St
New Bern, North Carolina

Phone: (252) 636-6617
Fax: (252) 636-1937
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Cumberland County

117 Dick Street
Fayetteville, North Carolina

Phone: (910) 678-7775
Fax: (910) 678-7768
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Currituck County

2801 Caratoke Highway
Currituck, North Carolina

Phone: (252) 232-3297
Fax: (252) 232-3906
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Dare County

962 Marshall C Collins Dr
Manteo, North Carolina

Phone: (252) 475-5970
Fax: (252) 473-5393
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Davidson County

203 West 2nd Street
Lexington, North Carolina

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Davie County

123 South Main Street
Mocksville, North Carolina

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Duplin County

118 Duplin Street
Kenansville, North Carolina

Phone: (910) 296-2108
Fax: (910) 296-2344
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Durham County

200 East Main Street
Durham, North Carolina

Phone: (919) 560-0480
Fax: (919) 560-0497
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Edgecombe County

201 St. Andrew St
Tarboro, North Carolina

Phone: (252) 641-7924
Fax: (252) 641-1771
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Forsyth County

201 North Chestnut Street
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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Franklin County

113 S. Main St
Louisburg, North Carolina

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Gaston County

1011 4th St
Gastonia, North Carolina

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Gates County

202 Court Street
Gatesville, North Carolina

Phone: (252) 357-0850
Fax: (252) 357-1568
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Graham County

12 North Main Street
Robbinsville, North Carolina

Phone: (828) 479-7971
Fax: (828) 479-7902
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Granville County

101 Main Street
Oxford, North Carolina

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Greene County

301 N. Greene St.
Snow Hill, North Carolina

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Guilford County

201 West Market Street
Greensboro, North Carolina

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Halifax County

357 Ferrell Lane
Halifax, North Carolina

Phone: (252) 583-2101
Fax: (252) 583-1273
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Harnett County

305 W Cornelius Harnett
Lillington, North Carolina

Phone: (910) 893-7540
Fax: (910) 814-3841
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Haywood County

215 North Main Street
Waynesville, North Carolina

Phone: (828) 452-6635
Fax: (828) 452-6762
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Henderson County

200 N. Grove St, Suite 129
Hendersonville, North Carolina

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Hertford County

119 Justice Drive, Suite 9
Winton, North Carolina

Phone: (252) 358-7850
Fax: (252) 358-0222
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Hoke County

304 N. Main Street
Raeford, North Carolina

Phone: (910) 878-4100
Fax: (910) 878-4101
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Hyde County

30 Oyster Creek Road
Swan Quarter, North Carolina

Phone: (252) 926-4182
Fax: (252) 926-3710
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Iredell County

201 E Water Street
Statesville, North Carolina

Phone: (704) 872-7468
Fax: (704) 878-5426
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Jackson County

401 Grindstaff Cove Road
Sylva, North Carolina

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Johnston County

207 East Johnston St. Suite 209
Smithfield, North Carolina

Phone: (919) 989-5160
Fax: (919) 989-5728
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Jones County

101 Market St
Trenton, North Carolina

Phone: (252) 448-2551
Fax: (252) 448-1357
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Lee County

1408 S. Horner Blvd
Sanford, North Carolina

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Lenoir County

101 N. Queen St.
Kinston, North Carolina

Phone: (252) 559-6420
Fax: (252) 523-6139
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Lincoln County

115 W. Main St.
Lincolnton, North Carolina

Phone: (704) 736-8530
Fax: (704) 736-8830
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Macon County

5 West Main Street
Franklin, North Carolina

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Madison County

5707 Highway 25/70
Marshall, North Carolina

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Martin County

305 East Main Street
Williamston, North Carolina

Phone: (252) 789-4320
Fax: (252) 789-4329
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McDowell County

21 S. Main Street suite A
Marion, North Carolina

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Mecklenburg County

720 East Fourth Street
Charlotte, North Carolina

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Mitchell County

26 Crimson Laurel Circle, Suite 4
Bakersville, North Carolina

Phone: (828) 688-2139
Fax: (828) 688-3666
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Montgomery County

102 E. Spring St
Troy, North Carolina

Phone: (910) 576-4221
Fax: (910) 576-2209
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Moore County

100 Dowd Rd
Carthage, North Carolina

Phone: (910) 947-6370
Fax: (910) 947-6396
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Nash County

120 W. Washington Street
Nashville, North Carolina

Phone: (252) 459-9836
Fax: (252) 459-9832
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New Hanover County

320 Chestnut Street, Suite 120
Wilmington, North Carolina

Phone: (910) 798-4530
Fax: (910) 798-7751
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Northampton County

104 Thomas Bragg Street
Jackson, North Carolina

Phone: (252) 534-2511
Fax: (252) 534-1580
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Onslow County

234 NW Corridor Blvd
Jacksonville, North Carolina

Phone: (910) 347-3451
Fax: (910) 347-3340
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Orange County

228 South Churton Street 3rd floor
Hillsborough, North Carolina

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Pamlico County

202 Main Street
Bayboro, North Carolina

Phone: (252) 745-4421
Fax: (252) 745-7020
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Pasquotank County

203 E Main St.
Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Phone: (252) 335-4367
Fax: (252) 335-5106
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Pender County

300 E. Fremont St.
Burgaw, North Carolina

Phone: (910) 259-1225
Fax: (910) 259-1299
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Perquimans County

128 N. Church St.
Hertford, North Carolina

Phone: (252) 426-5660
Fax: (252) 426-7443
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Person County

21 Abbitt Street
Roxboro, North Carolina

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Pitt County

West 3rd Street
Greenville, North Carolina

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Polk County

40 Courthouse St
Columbus, North Carolina

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Randolph County

1 Taylor Street Room 202
Chester, North Carolina

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Richmond County

114 E. Franklin Street Room 101
Rockingham, North Carolina

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Robeson County

500 N. Elm Street
Lumberton, North Carolina

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Rockingham County

170 NC 65, Suite 150
Reidsville, North Carolina

Phone: (336) 342-8820
Fax: (336) 342-6209
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Rowan County

402 N. Main St.
Salisbury, North Carolina

Phone: (704) 216-8626
Fax: (704) 216-8644
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Rutherford County

229 N. Main St.
Rutherfordton, North Carolina

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Sampson County

126-A W. Elizabeth St.
Clinton, North Carolina

Phone: (910) 592-8026
Fax: (910) 592-1803
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Scotland County

212 Biggs Street
Laurinburg, North Carolina

Phone: (910) 277-2575
Fax: (910) 277-3133
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Stanly County

201 South 2nd Street
Albemarle, North Carolina

Phone: (704) 986-3640
Fax: (704) 986-3849
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Stokes County

1014 Main Street
Danbury, North Carolina

Phone: (336) 593-2811
Fax: (336) 593-9360
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Surry County

201 East Kapp Street
Dobson, North Carolina

Phone: (336) 401-8150
Fax: (336) 401-8151
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Swain County

101 Mitchell Street
Bryson City, North Carolina

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Transylvania County

20 East Morgan Street, Suite 2
Brevard, North Carolina

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Tyrrell County

403 Main Street
Columbia, North Carolina

Phone: (252) 796-2901
Fax: (252) 796-0148
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Union County

500 N. Main St. 2nd Floor
Monroe, North Carolina

Phone: (704) 283-3796
Fax: (704) 283-3569
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Vance County

122 Young Street, Suite F
Henderson, North Carolina

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Wake County

300 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, North Carolina

Phone: (919) 856-5460
Fax: (919) 856-5467
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Warren County

109 South Main Street
Warrenton, North Carolina

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Washington County

120 Adams Street
Plymouth, North Carolina

Phone: (252) 793-2325
Fax: (252) 793-6982
Washington County website »

Watauga County

842 West King Street, Room 119
Boone, North Carolina

Phone: (828) 265-8034
Fax: (828) 265-7632
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Wayne County

224 - 226 E Walnut Street
Goldsboro, North Carolina

Phone: (919) 731-1449
Fax: (919) 731-1441
Wayne County website »

Wilkes County

500 Court House Drive
Wilkesboro, North Carolina

Phone: (336) 651-7351
Fax: (336) 990-0041
Wilkes County website »

Wilson County

101 N. Goldsboro S
Wilson, North Carolina

Phone: (252) 399-2935
Fax: (252) 399-2942
Wilson County website »

Yadkin County

101 S. State St.
Yadkinville, North Carolina

Phone: (336) 679-4225
Fax: (336) 679-3239
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Yancey County

110 Town Square, Room 4
Burnsville, North Carolina

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