A marriage license that is valid anywhere in the state of North Carolina may be obtained from the Register of Deeds of any county therein. The marriage license costs $60 and must be obtained within 60 days of the wedding. You can call the Register of Deeds in the county of your choice to get particulars.
ABOUT CERTIFIED COPIES:
If the bride is going to change her last name, she will need 3 or 4 certified copies of her completed marriage license stamped by the county. Each certified copy costs $10. When you first obtain your marriage license, the issuing Register of Deeds may also give you a request form so that you can order your copies by mail two weeks after your wedding.
The officiating minister is responsible for getting your two witnesses to sign the license, complete his/her portion and return the completed marriage license to the issuing Register of Deeds within 10 days after the wedding. The Register of Deeds will record your marriage and send one copy on to the State Vital Records to be recorded there. At this point you may request your certified copies by sending in a request and the fee. You may also appear in person at the Register of Deeds office to obtain your certified copies.
Some counties accept personal checks and others require cashier’s check or money order. Once you have received your certified copies, you will need to take one original copy to the Social Security office to change your name, and another original copy to the DMV to change your name on your driver’s license. Social Security and DMV will not accept photocopies of your certified copy and do not return your certified copy. If you have a passport, you will need another certified copy to get your name changed on that. I suggest you keep the last original certified copy at home in a safe place.
Also remember that if either of you is going on the other’s health insurance, you have only 30 days from your wedding date to notify the health insurance carrier of your change in dependents. Marriage is a “qualifying event” that will allow you to make this change mid-period. If you miss this time frame, you will have to wait until the next enrollment period to add a dependent.