North Carolina is an open record state. This means that just about anyone may obtain an uncertified copy of many different vital records including birth, death, divorce and marriage. However, while uncertified copies of North Carolina Marriage Records are available to anyone, certified copies call for the requestor to either be named on the marriage license or directly related to those who are. Such family members can include a spouse, parent, sibling, child, grandparent, step parent, step child, etc.
In North Carolina, vital records including Marriage Records are maintained and issued by the NC Department of Health and Human Services Vital Records Department. Unlike other states, provided the marriage in question happened between 1962 and the present day, individuals are not required to consult with individual counties. The only time they are asked to consult with any given county is when the marriage took place earlier than 1962, dating all the way back to 1868.
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Provided an individual meets all of the necessary requirements they are then free to utilize either of two methods for requesting North Carolina Marriage Records. The first and quicker of the two methods is in-person. The Vital Records Department allows individuals to stop by their office and make a request in-person provided they have all of the necessary information and a required $24 fee. This fee can be paid via cash, check or credit card. The Vital Records Department also offers an expedited processing service that will see requests processed the same day provided the request is submitted between 8:00AM and 3:00PM.
The same $24 fee applies to mail-in requests bu the procedures are quite obviously a bit different. Individuals seeking North Carolina Marriage Records through the mail are asked to submit an application complete with information including, but not limited to, the names of those involved in the marriage, the date on which the marriage took place, the location at which the marriage took place and the relation of the requestor to those named on the marriage license. Additionally, much like other states, individuals are also asked to provide a valid reason for requesting North Carolina Marriage Records. The Vital Records Department would also like to warn individuals that normal non expedited requests may take up to 12 weeks for processing. But, like always, these wait times can fluctuate drastically depending on the number of requests submitted.
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