Applying for a Marriage License
In North Carolina the Register of Deeds is responsible for issuing marriage licenses and for keeping records of all marriages performed in the state. A license purchased from the Office of the Scotland County Register of Deeds Office is valid in any county in the state of North Carolina, but cannot be used outside of the State of North Carolina. It is requested that both parties be present when purchasing the license. There is no waiting period to obtain a license and the premarital physical is no longer required. The license is good immediately upon issuance and is valid for 60 days. Once the ceremony is performed the license must be returned to the Register of Deeds to be put on file as a permanent public record.
Please note that effective January 1, 2020, the cost for a Magistrate to perform the marriage ceremony will be $50 instead of the current $20. The cost for the marriage license will remain $60 as will the $10 cost for a certified copy.
All applicants must provide a Social Security number. If an individual has never been issued a social security number then they must sign an affidavit attesting to this fact. This form is available in the Register of Deeds office.
Applicants who have been divorced must provide the month and year of their last divorce. If the divorce was finalized within one year of the date of application, the applicant must provide an original or certified copy of the divorce decree. There is no waiting period between the divorce and applying for the new license.
Applicants 18-20 Years of Age
Applicants 18-20 years of age must also provide a certified copy of their birth certificate in addition to the requirements listed above.
Applicants Less Than 18 Years of Age
Applicants less than 18 Years of Age must call the Register of Deeds office at (910) 277-2775 or visit the office located in Room 250 of the Scotland County Courthouse for information and requirements.
Obtain a Copy of a Marriage License
The State of North Carolina requires that anyone wishing to obtain a certified copy of a marriage license must be at least 18 years of age and provide a valid ID to identify themselves and pay a fee.
In Person Requests
You may visit the Register of Deeds office in person to obtain a copy during regular business hours.
We have partnered with Get Certificates Now to fulfill requests copies of marriage licenses online. As part of your online request, you will need to upload a copy of any of the accepted valid ID's or fax a copy of one of the above accepted valid ID's to 910-277-3133. Generally we try to process the request within 2 working days from receipt and then use first class mail to deliver the certificate. In addition to the normal fees, there is a convenience fee added to your cost from Get Certificates Now.
To obtain a certified copy of a vital record by mail, please send the signed application along with a certified check or money order for payment of the fees, a self-addressed stamped envelope, and a copy of any accepted valid ID's. Should you need expedited mailing, please let us know in in advance so we can let you know the added cost.
Please mail to:
Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 769
Laurinburg, NC 28353