5 Essential Facts to Know Before Officiating a Wedding in North Carolina
The facts below cover all the important aspects of what requirements you need to meet to be able to legally officiate a wedding ceremony in North Carolina.
Who Can Officiate Weddings in North Carolina?
This is the relevant exerpt from the North Carolina General Statutes § 51-1.
" Every minister, officer, or any other person authorized to solemnize a marriage under the laws of this State, who marries any couple without a license being first delivered to that person, as required by law, or after the expiration of such license, or who fails to return such license to the register of deeds within 10 days after any marriage celebrated by virtue thereof, with the certificate appended thereto duly filled up and signed, shall forfeit and pay two hundred dollars ($200.00) to any person who sues therefore, and shall also be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. "
Basically, this means that as long as you are ordained through any church, you can officiate weddings.
Are Online Ordinations Recognized in North Carolina?
Yes. All online ordained ministers, including those ordained through AMM are recognized in North Carolina.
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Is Government Registration Required to Officiate a Wedding in North Carolina?
The North Carolina Government does not license, register, or certify ministers or wedding officiants. Officiant registration is not required in North Carolina to officiate a wedding.
What Office Do I Register with Before Officiating a Wedding in North Carolina?
The North Carolina Government does not have any office that licenses, registers, or certifies wedding officiants.
What is the Minimum Legal Age to Officiate a Wedding in North Carolina?
All Wedding Officiants in North Carolina must be at least 18 years old.
Preparing to Officiate a Wedding in North Carolina
As there is no officiant registration required in North Carolina, once ordained your next step is to start preparing to officiate the wedding. If you have not officiated a wedding before, or it has been a while, check out our North Carolina Officiant Ceremony Preparation page.
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