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Outer Banks Marriage License Info

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Marriage licenses are issued by the Register of Deeds located in Manteo. Both parties must be present at the office to apply for the license. The following items must be presented:

  • A picture ID
  • Social security card or another certificate with your social security number listed, such as a W2 form or old pay stub
  • Birth certificate if under 21
  • Divorce papers with Judge’s signature

The license is $60 and good for 60 days after issuance. The Register of Deeds can be reached at (252) 475-5970, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office is closed holidays and weekends. Dare County uses a local magistrate instead of a justice of the peace to perform wedding ceremonies. These ceremonies are performed in the magistrate’s office in Manteo on Driftwood Drive, (252) 475-9228. A marriage license application can be filled out at locations throughout the state of North Carolina and can be used anywhere within the state.

Please contact the town in which your ceremony will be held regarding any additional permits or restrictions.

Town of Duck - (252) 255-1234
Town of Southern Shores - (252) 261-2394
Town of Kitty Hawk - (252) 261-3552
Town of Kill Devil Hills - (252) 449-5300
Town of Nags Head - (252) 441-5508
Town of Manteo - (252) 473-2133
Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area - (252) 473-2111

If you are planning a wedding in Corolla or Ocracoke, remember, those areas are not located in Dare County. You will need to contact the Currituck County Register of Deeds for Corolla, at (252) 232-3297. For Ocracoke, the Hyde County Register of Deeds can be reached at (252) 926-3011.