Effective October 1, 2001, a marriage license issued
in any county in the state may be used at any place within the state within sixty
(60) days of the date of issuance. The license must be returned to the county of
issuance within 10 days after the celebration of the marriage with the appropriate
signatures and the blanks filled in according to the facts. (G.S. 51-16)
The license is good immediately upon issuance and is valid for 60 days; thus applicants
should not apply for a license more than sixty days before the planned marriage
The fee for the license is $60.00. Cash or personal checks are accepted.
Marriage licenses are issued between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday
through Friday, excluding holidays. Applicants should be in our office by 4:30 p.m.
(Watauga County Courthouse-Room 119, 842 West King Street, Boone, NC)
Affidavit of Ineligibility
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You must complete the Affidavit of Ineligibility and have it properly notarized. You may then present this form and proceed with the marriage license application. You must obtain this form either from our office or download from the Forms section of this website.
No, there are no medical tests required for a marriage license.
Yes, any computer-generated form with your name and social security number on it will suffice. Examples would include paycheck stub, W-2, bank statement.
No, marriage licenses are issued between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Applicants should be in our office by 4:30 p.m.
Licenses issued in Watauga County may be used anywhere in North Carolina, but must be returned to the county where issued.
The license is valid 60 days from the date it is issued.
G.S. 51-2A states the requirements for marriages of persons 14 & 15. Please call our office at 828-265-8034 for specific details.
The cost is $60.00.
The breakdown of this fee is: $5.00 Children's Trust Fund
$30.00 Domestic Violence Center
$25.00 Watauga County Portion
You must either come in person to our office with picture identification, or submit a written request. The written request must include the applicants names at the time of the marriage, date of marriage and place of marriage. You must sign your request, enclose a copy of a government issued picture ID, and give an address where we are to mail the certified copy. The fee for the certified copy must accompany your written request. The request is filled the day we receive it and goes out in the next business day's mail.
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