Steps for Getting Married in Charlotte NC

There are 2 steps for getting married in Charlotte, NC.
1- Obtain a marriage license
2- Marriage Ceremony

1- Obtain a Marriage License in Charlotte, NC:

Couples can get a marriage license in Charlotte by submitting a marriage license application to the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds office. Couples can find the marriage license application at the Register of Deeds office or online at Charlotte Marriage License Application.

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After submitting the marriage license application online, couples need to appear together in person at the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds office to finish the application process.

The Register of Deeds office can be found at 720 East Fourth Street in Charlotte (704) 336-6090.

When couples go to the Register of Deeds office to apply for a marriage license, they need to bring a valid form of photo I.D. such as a passport or driver's license, as well as their social security cards. Couples should be prepared to pay the marriage license fee at the time that they submit their marriage license application.

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2- Perform Actual Marriage Ceremony:

Marriage ceremonies may be either religious or civil.

A religious ceremony can be performed by an ordained minister. There are many Officiants and Ministers who can be found by doing an online search or are listed under Officiants directory on this site. Make an appointment with one, have two witnesses ready when you go there, or ask the Officiant to provide two witnesses ahead of time. Officiant will perform a ceremony as you desire, get the paper work signed and mail it to the appropriate department. You are done.

Civil ceremonies are conducted by a Magistrate. Mecklenburg County magistrates typically perform marriage ceremonies at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse, 832 E. Fourth St. (704) 686-0400 Make an appointment, take two witnesses with you, and marriage will be finalized.

When dealing with Government offices, be prepared to pay fees in CASH, ask for the fees ahead of time before going in, be courteous, understand the exact documents they require.

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