Cabarrus County Clerk
Register Of Deeds
P.O. Box 707
Concord, NC 28026
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What are the residency requirements for North Carolina?
A: None. You do not have to be a previous or current resident of North Carolina to obtain a marriage license that is valid statewide.
Q: Is there a waiting period from the application date to the date the license is issued?
A: No, you will receive your license immediately.
Q: Is there a waiting period from the date the license is issued to the date I am allowed to marry?
A: No, you can marry immediately after receiving your license.
Q: What is the minimum age a man or woman may marry?
A: You must be 18 years old or older to marry without parental consent. A birth certificate may be necessary to show proof of age.
Q: What if one or both of us is younger than 18?
A: If either partner is under 18, parental consent forms must be signed. You will need a certified copy of your birth certificate. If you are under 16 you cannot marry without a court order.
Blood Tests and Physical Exams
Q: Are blood tests and physical exams required?
A: No blood test or physical exam is required.
Q: How long does a marriage license remain valid once it’s been issued?
A: Your license will expire 60 days from the date it is issued.
Divorced and Widowed Applicants
Q: What if one or both partners have been divorced or have had a spouse die?
A: If previously married, the date of divorce or date of spouse’s death must be provided. If the divorce or spouse’s death had taken place within the last 60 days, bring a certified copy of the divorce decree or death certificate. A copy of your divorce records or spouse’s death certificate can be ordered online.
Legal Name Change
Q: What’s the process of legally changing my last name after marriage?
A: Following your wedding ceremony, you will receive a marriage certificate, which is a piece of paper proving that you are legally married. This certificate will serve as evidence of your marriage, which you’ll need when you begin the process of notifying several government agencies about your name change, as well as any non-government institutions that you do business with (i.e., banks, employers, credit cards, memberships, etc.).