General Information

Marriage License Requirements

•A premarital physical is no longer required.

•Both applicants must present identification.

•All Applicants  may use one  of the following I.D.'s:
       •Driver's license* (MAY NOT BE EXPIRED)
       •State-issued I.D. Card (MAY NOT BE EXPIRED)
       •Passport (MAY NOT BE EXPIRED)
       •Military I.D. (MAY NOT BE EXPIRED)

If one of the above referenced ID's does not provide your full name, then a certified birth certificate is recommended.

Valid picture ID does NOT include the temporary paper now received from NC DMV. This temporary paper is for driving privileges only and NOT to be used for identification purposes in obtaining a marriage license. You must wait for your pictured drivers license to be mailed to you before using it to obtain a marriage license.

•In addition to a valid picture ID applicants 16 or 17  years of age must also have a certified copy of their birth certificate in order to acquire a license and a written parental consent by a parent having full or joint legal custody of the underage party; or by a person, agency, or institution having legal custody or serving as a guardian of the underage party.  Parental consent form is available in the Register of Deeds office, or click here.

•Applicants over age 14 and under 16 must attain a Court Order by District Court Judge authorizing the marriage.

•Applicants under age 14 are unlawful to marry.

•Both applicants must provide their Social Security numbers and verification of the number.  Applicants may present a Social Security card, W-2 form, or pay stub with the number as verification.  Note:  An alien admitted to the United States for permanent residence or to engage in employment must be issued a Social Security number.

•Applicants who are not eligible for a Social Security number may obtain a marriage license by signing an affidavit attesting to this fact.  The affidavit is available in the Register of Deeds office or can be printed out here (affidavit)

Divorced applicants: If the divorce was finalized within 30 days from the date of applying for the license, the applicant must provide a certified copy of the divorce decree as well. There is a 24 hour waiting period between the divorce and applying for the new license.

•The license is good immediately upon issuance and is valid for 60 days in the state of N.C. It must be returned to the Register of Deeds' office in the county in which it was issued.  Please return unused license back to our office.

•The fee for the license is $60.  Only cash, check, money order or Credit Card  (Visa, Mastercard or Discover) is accepted. Please make check or money order payable to Cumberland County Register of Deeds. A minimum of $10.00 is required for a credit card transaction.

•In order to process your application in a timely manner, please come to our
office Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM.

Marriage licenses are issued between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.  Couples applying between 12:00 and 2:00 p.m. should expect up to an hour's wait.

Applicants should be in our office between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
(117 Dick Street, Fayetteville, NC  --  Room 114)

•If you need a copy of your marriage license, it can be obtained at our office in person or you may request them by mail at P. O. Box 2039, Fayetteville, NC 28302. Certified copies of your marriage license are $10.00 each.

If you do not fully understand English, you are responsible for bringing an interpreter with you.  We do not furnish.


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