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COVID-19 Marriage License Issuance Process

Due to COVID-19, in order to ensure the safety of our customers and employees, the following process for issuing Marriage Licenses has been established:

  • The Durham County Register Office will issue in person Marriage Licenses by Appointment Only.
  • Priority and first available appointments will be given to those applicants whose marriage is scheduled to take place within 14 days.
  • If your marriage date is later than the 14-day window, a marriage license instruction sheet will be emailed or faxed to you to complete the license process by mail.
  • Our office will not accept any walk-in applicants without a previously scheduled appointment.
  • All applicants are required to complete the online application in advance before an appointment will be scheduled.
  • On scheduled appointments, only applicants should appear in the office.  No additional guest(s).
  • Upon entering the building, please remember the following precautions and adhere to the CDC Guidelines to minimize the transmission of COVID-19:
  • Mask are required to enter all public places in Durham, North Carolina.
  • Maintain social distance - six feet requirement.
  • Wash/sanitize hands regularly.

Please call our office at 919-560-0493 for additional information.

 

Online Marriage Application

Requirements for obtaining a Marriage License in Durham County, North Carolina
• Applicants must not already be married.
• Applicants must be getting married within 60 days of license issuance.
• Applicants must be getting married in the State of North Carolina.
• $60.00 (Cash, Money Order, or Bank Check) is the fee to obtain a marriage license.

All applicants must present one of the following valid (not expired, and legible) forms of identification:
o Current Driver’s License
o Current State Issued Identification Card
o Current Passport
o Military Identification

Names on Identification and social security documents must match (first, middle, and last name).

• All applicants must present a Social Security Card or a legal document with their full Social Security number on it (ex. Recent W2 within two (2) years, Insurance Policy, or a letter from their bank on the bank letterhead).
o If an applicant(s) has never been assigned a Social Security Card, an affidavit form will be provided for completion at the Register of Deeds Office.

Applicants 18 – 21 years of age must provide a certified copy of their birth certificate along with applicable identifications.

Notice

Effective January 1, 2019, all persons applying for a Marriage License in Durham County will be required to provide proof of dissolved previous marriage if it occurred within the last 12 months.

If this is not your first marriage, and your previous marriage ended in the last 12 months by (Divorce, Death, or Annulment) you must provide acceptable proofs.

Acceptable proofs:

  • If your last marriage ended in Divorce - the acceptable proof is a certified copy of the divorce decree.
  • If your last marriage ended by spousal Death - the acceptable proof is a certified copy of the death certificate.
  • If your last marriage ended by court ordered Annulment - the acceptable proof is the certified court ordered annulment.

Applicants under the age of eighteen (18), please contact the office of the Register of Deeds, Marriage License Division at (919)560-0480 for requirements.

• A marriage license application is valid for 60 days from date of issuance. If the marriage license application is not returned to the Register of Deeds office for recording within 60 days of issuance, the license will expire.

• Applicants with expired marriage license applications will be required to apply for a new license with applicable fees.

• Marriage License are issued at the Office of the Register of Deeds, between the hours of 8:30am and prior to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday, except major holidays.

• Marriages are not performed by the Register of Deeds office.

• In an effort to increase our processing time, and ensure accuracy of your records, we strongly suggest completing your marriage license application online and submitting prior to visiting our office.

• The Office of the Register of Deeds is located at:
201 East Main Street - Second Floor
Administration Bldg. 2
Durham, North Carolina 27701

Certified copies of your marriage license are $10.00 each (cash, check, money order).

Certified copies are not automatically mailed, they must be requested.

Request may be made:
• In person at:
Durham County Register of Deeds
Vital Records
201 East Main Street, 2nd Floor                                                                          Administration Bldg. 2
Durham, NC 27701
o State issued identification required

• By Mail Request to:
Durham County Register of Deeds
Vital Records
PO Box 1107
Durham, NC 27702
o Include copy of valid state issued identification
o Include check/money order made payable to Durham County Register of Deeds
o Or include credit/debit information (number, expiration date, and 3 digit code on back)
(Master/Visa/Discover logo)
o Include mailing address and phone number

• By Fax Request to 919-560-7221 
o Include a fax copy of your valid state issued identification
o Include credit/debit card information (number, expiration date, and 3 digit code on back)
(Master/Visa/ Discover logo)
o Include mailing address and phone number

• Online at the Register of Deeds Website:
o www.dconc.gov/government/departments-f-z access the Online Vital Records Request link, and follow link instructions.

Please refer all questions regarding Vital Records to 919-560-0480