New legislation could make it harder to get a marriage license

A bill waiting to be signed into law could make it nearly impossible for some to get a marriage license or birth certificate in North Carolina. Whether you're getting a copy of your birth certificate or a marriage license, you need a form of identification. The register of deeds says the bill would limit the kinds of ID’s you would be able to use.

“Normally we take driver’s licenses, passports, foreign passports and drivers licenses, matricula consular cards," said Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds David Granberry.

If house bill 318 is signed into law, it would restrict the kinds of identification people could use.

“If you walk in here and all you have is the matricula consular card, we probably won't be able to help you. If you come in with a non-standard ID, let's say you just got out of jail here across the street. If I rely on that jail id to give them the birth certificate, I’m probably in violation of the statute," said Granberry.

Advocates for the 350,000 undocumented immigrants in North Carolina say the bill would disenfranchise them.

"If you have a baby, if you get married, if someone dies, you can't register any of those certificates if you can't identify yourself," said Ana Suarez with the Latin American Coalition.

We asked the governor if he'll sign the bill into law. We received this statement:

"The governor has a clear record in stating that law enforcement and elected officials must uphold their oath of office, which requires them to enforce the laws of North Carolina and the United States of America. The concept of sanctuary cities goes against that firm position."

But the register of deeds says the bill will affect many more than just those individuals who are undocumented.

"Anybody who has ended up in the situation where they don't have the normal ID's for whatever reason, being in jail, forgetting everything is expired, or not needing it so long you didn't' worry about it," said Granberry.

The Latin American Coalition will be protesting HB 318 outside of the government center Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock. It's unclear when this bill may be signed into law.

The bill would also expand e-verify, the program that requires companies to check the immigration status of its employees. If signed, the bill would require all contractors and subcontractors that do work for the state to implement e-verify.