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North Carolina General Statutes
Chapter 51: Marriage.

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Article 1 - General Provisions. [HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 51-1 51-1. Requisites of marriage; solemnization.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 51-1.1 51-1.1. Certain marriages performed by ministers of Universal Life Church validated.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 51-1.2 51-1.2. Marriages between persons of the same gender not valid.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 51-2 51-2. Capacity to marry.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 51-2.1 51-2.1. Marriage of certain underage parties.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 51-2.2 51-2.2. Parent includes adoptive parent.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 51-3 51-3. Want of capacity; void and voidable marriages.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 51-3.1 51-3.1. Interracial marriages validated.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 51-3.2 51-3.2. Marriage licensed and solemnized by a federally recognized Indian Nation or Tribe.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 51-4 51-4. Prohibited degrees of kinship.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 51-5 51-5. Marriages between slaves validated.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 51-5.5 51-5.5. Recusal of certain public officials.[HTML] [RTF]
Article 2 - Marriage Licenses. [HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 51-6 51-6. Solemnization without license unlawful.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 51-7 51-7. Penalty for solemnizing without license.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 51-8 51-8. License issued by register of deeds.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 51-8.1 51-8.1. Repealed by Session Laws 1967, c. 53.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 51-8.2 51-8.2. Issuance of marriage license when applicant is unable to appear.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 51-9 through 51-11 51-9 through 51-11: Repealed by Session Laws 1994, c. 647, ss. 1-3.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 51-12 51-12: Repealed by Session Laws 1985, c. 589, s. 27.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 51-13 51-13: Repealed by Session Laws 1994, c. 647, s. 4.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 51-14 51-14. Repealed by Session Laws 1967, c. 957, s. 3.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 51-15 51-15. Obtaining license by false representation misdemeanor.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 51-16 51-16. Form of license.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 51-16.1 51-16.1. Form of license for Address Confidentiality Program participant.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 51-17 51-17. Penalty for issuing license unlawfully.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 51-18 51-18. Record of licenses and returns; originals filed.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 51-18.1 51-18.1. Correction of errors in application or license; amendment of names in application or license.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 51-19 51-19. Penalty for failure to record.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 51-20 51-20. Repealed by Session Laws 1969, c. 80, s. 6.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 51-21 51-21. Issuance of delayed marriage certificates.[HTML] [RTF]