Happily ever after begins on the Outer Banks, NC. With stunning natural beauty and a relaxed way of life, it’s the perfect place to combine your destination wedding with a romantic honeymoon getaway.

What do I need to be legally married on the Outer Banks?

A North Carolina marriage license. North Carolina does not require a blood test or physical exam.

Where do I get it?

Marriage licenses can be obtained from the Register of Deeds office in any North Carolina county. You do not have to get the license in the same county that you plan to get married in, unless that is the most convenient county for you. Local Register of Deeds offices are:

Currituck County Register of Deeds, Currituck County Governmental Center, US Highway 158, 13 Miles south of Virginia/ NC state line. (252) 232-3297. You can obtain a license from 8:00am – 4:00pm, Monday through Friday. Go to www.currituckgovernment.com and click the online services link to view a sample license form.

Dare County Justice Center, 962 Marshall Collins Drive Manteo, NC (252) 473-3438. You can obtain a license from 8:30am -4:30pm, Monday through Friday.

What do I need to bring?

The Register of Deeds offices in the state have different requirements for what you need to bring to get your license, so always call ahead!

Basic requirements include (but are not limited to) both the bride and groom appearing to get the license, Social Security Card and driver’s license or valid photo ID.

There may be additional requirements for those under the age of 21 or those who have been divorced previously.

How much does the license cost?

The license cost is $50.00 and can be paid for with cash or check. *credit and debit cards not accepted. There is no waiting period after you get the license and you must use the license within 60 days of issuance. Bring your license to the wedding. After the wedding ceremony, the officiant, the newlyweds and the two witnesses will sign it. The minister or magistrate keeps the license and returns it to the Register of Deeds in the county which the license was issued.

Who can legally marry us?

In North Carolina, magistrates and ordained ministers are the only people who can perform marriage ceremonies. There must be two witnesses to any marriage. To find an ordained minister, see the Planners, Coordinators and services page of this web site.