Marriage Licenses


In order to give you the best service possible, Marriage Licenses will be issued from 8 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. Anyone coming after 4:30 p.m. must have completed the online application before requesting a marriage license the same date.

Applicant Information

Both applicants must appear to apply for the marriage license at the same time. The only exemption from this policy allowed by law is if one party is hospitalized, military deployed, or incarcerated and unable to appear. A sworn statement must be completed by the applicant along with military, medical or penal officials in agreement.

Required Documentation

A valid government issued photo ID, which includes a driver’s license, a state issued photo ID, or a passport.

A Social Security card is also required for both applicants. If the card is not available, a W-2 form, check stub, or tax return may be presented only if the full social security number is on the document.

If the bride or groom does not have a Social Security number, an affidavit must be completed and notarized. (Affidavit forms are located in the Register of Deeds office.)


If divorced, the party must know the month and year of the divorce decree. If the divorce was finalized during the same month and year of the purchase of the new marriage license, the party must present a copy of the divorce decree.

Ceremony Details

The marriage ceremony must be performed in North Carolina. The marriage license is valid immediately upon purchase and for 60 days from the date of purchase. On the 61st day, the license expires.

The Rowan County Magistrate's Office performs marriages by appointment only. They are located at 118 W. Liberty Street, Salisbury, NC 28144. Please call 704-797-3130 to schedule an appointment.

Obtaining a License

To obtain a marriage license without parental consent, the applicant must be 18 years of age. Ages 17 and under must also provide a certified birth certificate.  If age 16 or 17, consent is required from a parent or legal guardian. If age 14 and 15, a court order must be presented to the Register of Deeds.


The fee for a marriage license is $60, cash only. We do not accept credit or debit cards.