||What do I need to obtain a marriage license?
||A marriage license may be obtained from any
Register of Deed's office in the state of North Carolina. The
ceremony may take place in any county in the state; however, the
marriage license must be returned to the county where the
license was purchased to be filed.
A driver's license and Social Security card are required for
each applicant. If you do not have a Social Security card, you
must provide proof of the number with a W–2 form, payroll stub,
insurance card or printout from Social Security. If the
applicant is between the ages of 16–18, a certified copy of
his/her birth certificate is required. The consent of parent or
guardian is required for applicants under the age of 18.
Applicants under the age of 16 must call the Register's office
for further information. Blood tests and physicals are no longer
required. The license is valid for 60 days and costs $60.00.
||How do I obtain a copy of a birth, death or
||Certified copies of vital records are issued only to the
applicant or immediate family members. You may apply in person
or by writing to our office. Proof of identity is required when
applying in person. Fax requests are not accepted. The cost is
$10.00 per certified copy.
||How far back do your records go?
||Land records go back to 1799 when Washington
County was formed from Tyrrell County. Marriage records go back
to 1851. The actual licenses are on file beginning 1881.
Death and birth records were started in N.C. in 1913; however,
we have some births in the late 1800s and early 1900s. These
births are delayed births and were obtained by the child after
Requests for these records should be made in writing. Names and
dates must be given in order for us to look up the information
for genealogists. Uncertified copies are 25 cents each.\