(Closed) Marriage license/ officiant question

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Helper bee

From my understanding, yes, you do still have to go to the courthouse to get the marriage license. I talked to several officiants who said they could provide one for me at an extra cost, but most of them said they did not provide the actual license. They were just there to sign itand send it in.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

All depends on the state! NY is strict and have to get your marriage license first, then wait 24 hours, THEN do the legal ceremony with witnesses. Eck.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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jessicaxo11 :  You will most likely have to go to the court house and get your marriage license.  There may be variations based on state, but that would be unlikely. We had a church wedding and had to get our marriage license seperately at the court house.  The officiant just signs it.  The court house issued license is the state documentation of your wedding.  The officiant doesn’t really bare much responsiblity other than signing and sending it back to the courthouse for recording. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee

I’m pretty sure that in any state, you are responsible for picking up your marriage license. Don’t sign anything on it until your ceremony, as you’re considered legally married once you do sign (someone do correct me if I’m wrong here, though!) As far as I’m aware, the officiant just presides over the ceremony.

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Depends on your state. So, you go get your license and you have your elopement. Your officiant signs the marriage license, your witnesses (if necessary, check your state rules) sign the license, and then either your officiant or you are responsible to take it in. We live in Oklahoma and it was our responsibility to get the license to the county clerk.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

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jessicaxo11 :  Depends on the state, but where I’m getting married, you have to get a marriage license (we got ours the same day we applied………..other states have waiting periods). The Officiant is supposed to sign the marriage license the day of the wedding and you mail that in to get your marriage certificate.

Edit: I had this window open for awhile before replying and didn’t see your update. Your last update is how it works in my state so I think you’re good. I would check with NC just to be sure there aren’t any other requirements. They usually have information listed on their website too.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

The officiant will tell you how/where/when to sign after your ceremony. Some officiants will mail it in for you. We mailed ours in ourselves, though. The 2 main things are 1: Sign the marriage license at the wedding and 2: Mail it back to the clerk after the wedding. Check the clerk’s website for the county you’re getting married in for specifics 🙂

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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jessicaxo11 :  You go to the court house to get the license. You both have to be present. Then you provide the license to the officiant the day of your wedding to sign, all 3 of you have to sign this, then YOU must return this to the court house within a certain time frame, the court house mails the offical license to you.

So for us: We had to go to the court house at least 30 days prior to the wedding and at least 1 of us HAD to be a resident of the county we were getting our license in. Then we had 30 days after the wedding to return the license to the same court house. We recieved our offical license in the mail about 7 days later… THEN you start to change your name, if you are. You MUST start with the SSO first.

You need to talk to the courts in North Carolina for the states laws.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

<h3>State of North Carolina
Application Process</h3>

  • The fee for a North Carolina marriage license fee is $60 and is required at the time of application. Preferred method of payment is cash. For guidance on additional methods of payment, please call ahead.

  • Couples wishing to get married in North Carolina may obtain their marriage license in any local Register of Deed’s office and be used anywhere in North Carolina within60 days.

  • Teens age 18 and over may marry without parental consent with proper ID.

  • Both applicants must appear in the Register of Deed’s office.

  • Bring valid ID (any of the following: Drivers License, State issued ID card or Passport.

  • Bring a Social Security card, W-2 form, or payroll check stub with your complete Social Security Number on the check stub. The name on the proof of social security must match the name on the ID exactly. If the individual has not been assigned a social security number, an Affidavit must be completed.

  • No waiting period and the marriage license is valid for 60 days.

  • After the ceremony, the license must be returned to the issuing county.

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