Clerk of the Peace
April 24, 2020
NCCo Marriage Bureau
State of Emergency
Operating Procedures are as follows:
NEW CASTLE COUNTY MARRIAGE BUREAU WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL THE STATE OF EMERGENCY IS LIFTED
You may start the process of obtaining a Marriage License by completing an online application at:
Once you complete the online process one of our staff members will contact you within 24-48 hours to complete the marriage license process.
CIVIL MARRIAGE CEREMONIES
WILL NOT BE PERFORMED
YOU CAN OBTAIN CERTIFIED COPIES OF MARRIAGE RECORDS ONLINE AT: GOCERTIFICATES.COM
If you have any questions, please feel free to call our office at 302-395-7780
8:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. MONDAY - FRIDAY
The clerk of the peace oversees the issuance of marriage licenses at the New Castle County Marriage Bureau. We also perform ceremonies in the office and offer name change kits. In addition to performing ceremonies, the clerk of the peace also pays special tribute to couples celebrating their anniversaries by reaffirming and renewing their vows. Unique heirloom certificates are available for commemorating the occasion.
To inquire about a ceremony performed at the office or for additional information contact the office.
Couples getting married in New Castle County are encouraged to make certain that the person performing their wedding ceremony is authorized to do so. Please visit our listing of "Suspended Officiators" on this page.
NOTICE: The implementation of Clergy Registration as mandated by the State Code has been temporarily delayed by Delaware’s Clerks of the Peace. Clergy persons will be kept advised of the status of this requirement.
COVD-19 Forces NCC Marriage Bureau
To Make Some Changes
COVD-19 is forcing Clerk of the Peace Ken Boulden to make some changes at the Marriage Bureau.
His staff at the New Castle County Marriage Bureau comes into personal contact with an estimated 33,000 individuals a year -- that’s about 2,750 people a month from all over the world. Thus, Boulden is initiating policies and procedures to reduce their risk of exposure to the virus.
Additionally, Boulden has put into effect a number of new administrative policies and procedures. Effective immediately, his office will not accept “walk-in” requests for Certified Copies of marriage records. Individuals needing Certified Copies must apply online at gocertificates.com. His office will also temporarily suspend the issuance of “Single Status” certifications and “Non-Resident Marriage License Application – Affidavits”.
Predicting that the upcoming wedding season will be “slower than usual,” Boulden referenced a quote by Herbert, “Love and a cough cannot be hid.” He added, “Somehow, that seems strangely appropriate right now.”