How to Get Ordained, Register and Perform Weddings By State
Get Ordained, Register and Perform a wedding or ceremony in North Carolina.
If you are planning to get ordained in North Carolina, need to find a minister in North Carolina or have been asked to perform a wedding ceremony in North Carolina, you've come to the right place.
As an ordained minister with Open Ministry, our ministers have successfully performed thousands of marriages in North Carolina and around the world!
The Ordination and Officiant information is provided below in five steps, is designed help walk you through the most common steps in registering to become a minister for North Carolina and perform a wedding ceremony in North Carolina.
Step 1 - How to Become Ordained
How to get and become Ordained in North Carolina to Officiate or perform marriages in North Carolina
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Step 2 - Contact The County Clerk
How to Register to Officiate a Marriage in North Carolina
Next, you should contact the office of your local marriage authority (typically your county clerk) in North Carolina. Let them know that you are a minister of Open Ministry in California, and ask what they will require of you to officiate a legal marriage in North Carolina.
When speaking with the county clerk; it can be helpful to use the following phrases.
- What agency or department issues marriage licenses in your county and how may I contact them?
- I am an ordained minister with a church in California and I would like to register as a wedding Officiant in your county to perform and solemnize weddings.
- I have my Letter of Good Standing and/or Ordination Credential as proof of my ministry and ordination.
- What additional documentation is required for me to register as a wedding Officiant in your county?
Step 3 - Getting Licensed to Perform the Marriage
License to perform a wedding in North Carolina
After you've contacted your marriage authority, you should visit our bookstore to purchase your official credentials and any required documentation (See North Carolina State Statutes for More Specific Requirements )
When registering in North Carolina you may be asked to display proof of your ordination to the county clerk's before they will accept the marriage license as having been legally solemnized. We typically advise ministers of North Carolina to get a Complete Minister Package for North Carolina which includes your Letter of Good Standing.
Having your ordination credentials will also provide peace-of-mind to any couple that you intend to marry. Additionally, we recommend that you have at least 4 weeks between the date of the wedding ceremony and your order, to ensure that you receive all of your materials in time to register.
It is important to note that some county clerks in North Carolina may require wedding officiants to attach a statement avowing some of the elements in the marriage license upon submission, including the following:
- The time and location at which the wedding took place
- The names and places of residence of all official witnesses
- The religious organization in which the officiant is ordained
- The printed name and address of the officiant
Please note that, when filling out a marriage license, that North Carolina State may request you use the title "Minister" or "Reverend". The County Clerks may also require you enter your denomination, you can use "Non-Denominational". Failing to state a denomination may result in rejection and could require a duplicate marriage license.
Step 4 - How to Perform the Wedding
How to perform a wedding in North Carolina
Once you have completed of the above, you are ready to perform the wedding! Be sure that the couple has picked up their North Carolina marriage license from the appropriate office. Marriage licenses valid for a set number of days, and there may be a waiting period between when the couple receives the marriage license in North Carolina and when the ceremony may be legally performed in North Carolina.
Please be aware that the signed license must be returned to the issuing office in North Carolina before the time limit is reached. Check the marriage license for the exact dates. Once the legal matters have been addressed, officiating a wedding in North Carolina can be a great experience.
If you have any comments or issues as a wedding officiant in North Carolina, or after you have been ordained, or would like to just asking for guidance on how to perform a wedding ceremony in North Carolina. We recommend that all new North Carolina wedding ministers who have issues or concerns about the ceremony read over our helpful guides.
51-1 Requisites of marriage; solemnization
A valid and sufficient marriage is created by the consent of a male and female person who may lawfully marry, presently to take each other as husband and wife, freely, seriously and plainly expressed by each in the presence of the other, either:
(1) a. In the presence of an ordained minister of any religious denomination, a minister authorized by a church, or a magistrate; and
b. With the consequent declaration by the minister or magistrate that the persons are husband and wife; or
(2) In accordance with any mode of solemnization recognized by any religious denomination, or federally or State recognized Indian Nation or Tribe.
Marriages solemnized before March 9, 1909, by ministers of the gospel licensed, but not ordained, are validated from their consummation.
Chapter 51: Marriage - Article 1: General Provisions
(1871?2, c. 193, s. 3; Code, s. 1812; Rev., s. 2081; 1908, c. 47; 1909, c. 704, s. 2; c. 897; C.S., s. 2493; 1945, c. 839; 1965, c. 152; 1971, c. 1185, s. 26; 1977, c. 592, s. 1; 2000?58, ss. 1, 2; 2001?14, ss. 1, 2; 2001?62, ss. 1, 17; 2002?115, ss. 5, 6; 2002?159, s. 13(a); 2003?4, s. 1; 2005?56, s. 1; 2007?61, s. 1; 2009?13, s. 1.)