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Marriage License

  • Marriage Licenses are issued during business hours (8:00 am - 5:00 pm) at the Buncombe County Register of Deeds Office at 205 College Street.
    ** Please plan to arrive by 4:30 pm if possible.
  • To obtain a license, both parties must be present with valid photo identification AND Social Security Cards.
  • For your convenience, you may complete the Marriage License Application prior to your visit. The application can also be completed upon arrival at the Register of Deeds office.
    **Please note, submitted online applications will only be held for 30 days.

The fee for the Marriage License is $60.00. Please Note: The license is valid for 60 days from the date issued and can be used anywhere within the state of North Carolina.

More Information

  • If you've never been issued a Social Security number or are not eligible for one, the Register of Deeds will provide you with an affidavit that will be signed and notarized in the office.
  • If you are unable to provide your actual Social Security Card, we will need to see something with your name and full 9 digit Social Security Number, such as a W2, tax form, etc.
  • Once the ceremony is performed, the completed license must be returned to the Register of Deeds Office within 10 days. A certificate of marriage can then be issued. Go to the Vital Records - Marriage Certificate tab for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Once you obtain a marriage license, marriages can be performed by a civil magistrate on the 2nd floor of the Buncombe County Courthouse. The magistrate is generally available to perform marriages on weekdays at 8:30 am and 3:00 pm. However, this is not always the case, so it is advisable to call the magistrate's office before arriving to ensure that he will be available. The fee is $20, payable in cash only. For more information, please call the magistrate's office at (828) 259-3407.

If you would like to get married after business hours or on the weekend, you may be able to do so by a criminal magistrate at the Buncombe County Jail. Please contact the criminal magistrate's office at (828) 250-4690 for more information.

First, please obtain a certified copy of your marriage license from the Register of Deeds Office. You must then present this document along with other required documentation to the Social Security Administration. Once you have applied for a social security card in your new name, you may visit the Department of Motor Vehicles to update your driver license.

Social Security Administration
800 Centre Park Drive
Asheville, NC 28805

DMV — Driver License Office
1624 Patton Avenue, DMV Building
Asheville, NC 28806
(828) 251-6065

A legal name change is done through a Court Order which must be obtained through the Clerk of Court’s office, Special Proceedings Division. Please find more information online or by calling (828) 259-3400.

  • Applicants 16 to 17 must submit a certified copy of their birth certificate, a Social Security card, and at least one parent, or legal guardian with full or joint custody, who have proper identification, and who will give their written consent (on the marriage applications must be present).
  • Applicants 14 to 15 must provide a certified copy of a Court Order authorizing the marriage as well as a certified birth certificate and a Social Security card
  • A marriage license will not be issued to applicants under the age of 14.

Payment Types

  • Credit/Debit
  • Personal Checks
    • NOTE: Please make personal checks, or money orders payable to Register of Deeds.
  • Money Orders
  • Cash

Locate & Contact

Register of Deeds


Main Office
P: (828) 250-4303
F: (828) 250-4339

Register of Deeds
205 College Street
Asheville, NC 28801

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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