Marriage License Requirements/Online Application

Marriage License Requirements

Marriage licenses are issued between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm, Monday through Friday, with the exception of holidays. The bride and groom must appear together, in person, between those hours.

If both parties are age 21 or over, they each must have a valid (not expired) government issued ID (driver's license), and their social security cards. If the original social security cards are not available, an official document such as a W-2 or other type of tax form or banking form may be presented. Military ID's will no longer be accepted due to the change over from social security numbers to the new Department of Defense issued numbers.

If either party is between the ages of 18 - 21, they must also present a certified copy of their birth certificate, unless they were born in Craven County.

If either party is under the age of 18, they should call our office at (252) 636-6617 for more details.

If either party has ever been divorced, they must present a filed or certified copy of their final divorce judgment. If either party has been widowed within the last 6 months preceding the date of application, they must present a copy of the death certificate of deceased spouse.

Prior to completing the marriage license application, parties will need to know their parents' full names including mother's maiden name; state of birth, and current address (if possible).

Marriage licenses are good for 60 days and there is no waiting period after issuance.

License Fee is $60 cash.

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

Online Marriage Application

The marriage license application may now be submitted through the link below. Once the information is filled in (you must hit the submit button at the bottom of the application), the application will register with the Register of Deeds office located at 226 Pollock St., New Bern, NC 28560. The application will be deleted after 3 business days. All other requirements must be met to complete the process.

Here are some helpful hints:

  • Abbreviations in proper names are not accepted (please completely spell all names).
  • The mother's information on the application must be the mother's maiden name.
  • Any box with a drop down menu can only be answered with that menu.
  • The education requested is the highest completed.
    • Ex: High School = 4 or College = 1

Fill out and submit a Marriage Application to the Register of Deeds office.


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