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How to Obtain a Marriage Certificate Copy

A marriage certificate is a form containing vital information about the wedding that took place. This document is a legal record of the union between the two people who were married. This certificate will include the bride and groom’s full names, the date of the marriage and the name of the officiating person. In some instances, it might also contain the signature of a witness to the event. The person who officiates the wedding provides the certificate, and also is responsible for sending it into the county clerk’s office. This certificate is the only legal record of the marriage, so it is important to have it filed properly.

How to Obtain a Certified Marriage Certificate Copy

A certified copy of the marriage certificate can be obtained by contacting the county clerk’s office in the county where the marriage was performed. This copy is an exact replica of the original marriage certificate filed with the court. Some counties provide their marriage certificate request forms online, making it convenient to complete the form and send it in. People who do not have Internet access can still request a certified copy of their certificate by sending a letter with the required information. Calling the county clerk’s office is a good way to obtain needed information about where to send the letter and what fees might be involved.

The letter should contain the names of the bride and groom prior to the marriage, as well as the name of the person who officiated. It should also include the city and date of the wedding, why the person is requesting a copy, the person’s name, address, driver’s license or ID number and signature. Always include a self-addressed stamped envelope for return purposes, as well as a check for the fees.

How to Obtain a Non Certified Marriage Certificate Copy

There are also non-certified copies of marriage certificates available to purchase online. Commemorative certificates are decorative prints created for display. These prints will have the names of the wedded couple and the date their marriage took place. The background of the print is usually colored and can include some type of sentimental image, such as a pair of wedding bands. These non-certified copies can be purchased online through different government offices, as well as through private retailers. These certificates are not legal records and are designed for informational purposes only.

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Marriage Certificate FAQs

Can anyone get a copy of a marriage certificate?

Records of marriage are public record however, only the married party can obtain a certified copy of a marriage certificate unless there is a court order to procure one for someone else.

How do I get a copy of my marriage certificate?

You can get a copy of your marriage certificate from the courthouse clerk in the county where you filed for marriage. You can also visit the Department of Health - Vital Records Department website and order a certified copy of your marriage certificate online.

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    1. Jayaseelan, you can contact the Department of Health in your state to obtain a certified copy of your marriage certificate. You can typically do this online and have the marriage certificate copy mailed to you

  1. My husband\’s emo!over is doing an audit and wants proof of our marriage so I can continue to be covered under health insurance. We have been married for 29 years. I tried to get a copy of our marriage certificate but the circuit court clerk said that our minister did not return a copy of the certificate to them. He is 81 years old,retired, and lives in a different state from where we got married. The clerk said I have to call him and have him call the circuit court. I have not seen or talked to him in 29 years. The clerk said our next option would be to hire an attorney but I don\’t know what type of law practice we should contact. Can you help me? The clerk told me she has no idea and seems like she didn\’t want to help me.

    1. Mrs. Sykes, you might want to contact legal counsel with this matter since it sounds like there was no official documentation of your marriage. You can also contact the Department of Health in the state you live in. They are the managing state agency for vital records, which include marriage records

  2. dont have the date day or year cant remember or county was over 30 years ago and need a copy of marrige license certifacate this is my madian name terri jackson

    1. Terri, you can obtain a copy of your marriage certificate by contacting the Department of Health in the state you live in. These state run agencies manage and archive vital records which include marriage certificates, birth certificates and death certificates

  3. I gave the wrong year for wedding date, 1999 not 2000
    Richard Edward Boyd
    Dianne Carol Rau
    Swartz Creek Mi
    Need to get drivers license

    1. Dianne, in order to get a certified copy of your marriage certificate, to get your driver’s license, you will need to contact the Department of Health Services in your state. If you let us know what state you live in we can give you additional instructions. The Department of Health in each state managed and archives vital records which include marriage, birth and death records.

  4. I don’t know where I got my certificate. Date of wedding was April 6, 2000.Richard Boyd & Dianne Rau .Lived in Swartz Creek . need it to get my drivers license.

    1. Dianne, you can contact the Department of Health in the state you we married in and request a certified copy of your marriage license so that you can get your driver’s licenses. Most states will allow you to order a copy of a marriage certificate online for a nominal fee

  5. I need a registered certificate of Registry of marriage. The marriage was done in Los Angeles County, CA I now live in another state.

    1. Elizabeth, there are a couple of options on how to obtain a certified copy of your marriage certificate from Brown County, South Dakota. First, you can contact the county courthouse clerk where you filed for marriage in South Dakota and make a request directly with them to obtain a marriage certificate copy. Typically you can do this online through the court’s website. Secondly you can contact the South Dakota Department of Health as they are the managing state agency for vital records, which include marriage records, birth records and death records.

  6. Hi my name is Paula and I want to get a copy of our Marriage we lost it The Name for Paula and Audice Waters are there some form I can print to get or a Number I Can call to get one we got Married in Dallas County on Marsh Lane at the court house Please Help Thanks

    1. Lori, there are a couple of ways to get a certified copy of your marriage certificate that you’ll need for your real ID. First you can contact the courthouse clerk where you filed for your marriage certificate. Secondly, you can contact the Department of Health in the state you live. They are the managing state agency for vital records, each state has their own DOH.

      Do I Need My Marriage Certificate For A Real ID?

      Documents that you will need for a real ID can include a passport, social security card, marriage certificate and birth certificate. You can contact your local DMV directly and inquire about what documents you need to bring with you to the DMV when applying for a real ID

    1. Anita, to obtain a certified copy of your marriage license you have a couple of options depending on what state you live in. See the list of options below.

      How Can I Get a Copy of a My Marriage License?

      1. Contact the Department of Health and Vital Records
      2. Make a request with the county clerk of the court
      4. Contact vital records office in the county you were married

    1. This is a very old marriage license that you’re interested in obtaining. Since this is much older than our marriage record resources you will want to reach out to the Department of Public Health in the State you live in and request a marriage certificate copy with them. You can typically obtain a copy of a marriage certificate or marriage license online, over the phone or in person.

      How to Get an Old Marriage License

      1. Visit the Department of Health in your state
      2. Request a copy of an Old Marriage License
      3. Fill out the Marriage License request form
      4. Show proof of identification & pay the fee
      5. Receive the Old Marriage License Copy via mail

  7. we got married 35 years ago in 1981.we want to apply for marriage certficate we are resident of Mulund Mumbai .our parents have expired . my wife do not resident proof of that period.but we have all oter proofs eg. Pass port,aadhar card election cards etc and have permanent resident from the date mariage 1981.

    Pl advise & guide. my wife studied here only .completed graduation. from Mumbai university.BMC insisting for residence proof for bride which is not tracable now.but we have proofs from the date of marriage & staying in Mulund for more than 35 yrs.

    I would be grateful.

  8. Mr.Lebena Edmond and Mrs Kuudaar Tipo will be getting marriage on the 20 march 2017 at Lawra Regular Baptist Church. Time 10:30am

    1. Hello Lebena,

      That’s great. Is there a marriage record search we can assist you with?

      Best Regards,

      The Search Quarry Team

  9. Hi, W e are in the US, but need an original copy of my marriage certificate. How can I obtain it.
    I’m retiring in 6 months. Fidelity Investment need to see my marriage certificate prior receiving my pension distribution.

    1. Hello Eduardo,

      We can assist you with online Marriage records however if you need an original Certificate of Marriage you will need to contact the county court recorder in the county and state you were married in. If you can provide that information I can help you find the right person to talk to.

      Best Regards,

      The Search Quarry Team

  10. I lost my marriage certificate,I need help to print out another one ,this is very important.
    Thank you
    Lias h
    Best regards

    1. Hello Lias,

      At SearchQuarry.com we cannot print out an official marriage certificate. We offer public records access which includes marriage records, but it would not be an official copy. For an official copy of a marriage record, try this website: https://www.vitalchek.com/marriage-records

      Best Regards,

      The SearchQuarry Team

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Last Updated: June 8, 2020

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