Marriage Certificate Copy

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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. You can obtain a copy of your marriage certificate by contacting the Department of Health Services in the state you were originally married in. You can usually order a copy online through the state’s website, over the phone or via mail in options. There is a nominal fee for this and processing may take a few weeks for the official copy of the marriage certificate to be mailed to you.

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. Cynthia A Hendel says:

    I need a certified copy of my marriage certificate in order to renew my driver’s license in Pennsylvania. (for Real ID purposes) We were married on August 4, 1973 in Ardsley Pennsylvania, Montgomery County. My name was Cynthia A. Beatty, and I married Lawrence J. Hendel. Married in a Catholic Church by a priest in Ardsley PA. Thank you.

  2. Adrianne Robert Hunter says:

    My husband, Robrt passed away on August 20, 2022. We were married in Greene County, Indiana on July 25, 1954. I need a copy of our marriage certificate in order to collect his retirement benefits.

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      If you want an official copy of your husbands Indiana marriage certificate you will want to reach out to the Green County Courthouse Clerk or the Indiana Department of Health to obtain an official copy of this document.

  3. Clare Pierce says:

    I need a copy of my marriage certificate for a seal on licence

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      Clare, since you are looking for an official copy of your California Marriage Records, you can obtain this by contacting the clerk of the court where your divorce was processed or the California Department of Public Health, as they archive vital records such as marriage records, birth and death records.

  4. Maria Gonsalves says:

    I need a certified copy of my marriage certificate to renew my drivers license in Nevada
    my wedding was on Febuary 12, 1977 in Hayward, CA
    Alameda County
    My name was Maria Y Ortiz marriage to Ronald M Gonsalves

  5. Ruth Steinberg says:

    I need a copy of my 1978 wedding certificate
    Wedding was in Las Vegas nevada. l need this to renew my driver’s license in Florida

  6. Grace Kobata says:

    Would like to obtain a certified copy of marriage. Married on August 25, 1963, Pomona, CA by a Baptist Minister, in the County of Los Angeles.
    My name was Grace Michiko Dan and I married Roger Kenji Kobata. Need for Real ID purposes.

  7. Allison frieden says:

    Need a copy of my marriage certificate

  8. Reba Jo Jody Heuser says:

    I need a certified copy of my marriage for social security survivors assistance. My name was Reba Jo Cooney prior to my marriage to Gary Charles Heuser on July 4th, 1980. The marriage was performed in Eloy, Az by Judge Mary Jo Dixon of EloyJustice Court.

  9. Filimone Mau says:

    I am Filimone Mau and I got married to Venina Moce Vakasausau on the 14th of December 2019 and I need a certified copy of my marriage for my wife’s green card interview

  10. Francois Jakobus Roets says:

    I am married on the 29 of September 2014 I lost my marriage certificate I really need it for my daughter to go to school

  11. Francine Surloff says:

    My name is Francine Surloff and I l married Paul Surloff on December 28, 1968 and I need a copy of the marriage certificate for Social Security

  12. Renee Volpendesta says:

    I need a certified copy of my Marriage License. My name is Renee Volpendesta and got married to Peter Volpendesta on 09/20/1995 in Macon County Illinois, however I live in Antioch Illinois so I am nowhere near that county and cannot get to that county anytime soon. Who or What do I need to contact to get a certified copy as needed to get Real ID and our original copy was destroyed in a flood.

  13. Nancy Keane says:

    I need an immediate copy of my marriage certificate. It does not need to be certified. We were married in Orlando, Florida on April 30, 1976. My husband is William Thomas Keane. I have ordered a certified copy, but it comes by mail and has not yet been received.

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      Nancy, you can reach out to the Department of Health in your state to make this request. You can do this over the phone or online typically

  14. Rebecca Updegraff says:

    I need to get a certified copy of my marriage certificate. I was married in Greenville, Pennsylvania on August 21,2010.

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      How to get a copy of your Pennsylvania Marriage Certificate

      If you need a copy of your Pennsylvania marriage certificate you can contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Vital Records Department. You can order a copy on their website or call them directly for assistance.

  15. naomi l singer says:

    I need to get certified copy of my marriage certificate. I was married in Tulsa Oklahoma on May 31, 1954

  16. Christa Lou Walz Jones Laney says:

    I need to get a copy of my marriage certificate. It does not need to be official copy. I was married on March 31, 1956 to Frank Burdett Jones in San Antonio, Bexar, Texas. We were married in the Central Christian Church in San Antonio.

  17. Willa n brown says:

    Married in Dayton Ohio to Robert Brown, need a copy for a new I’d, I moved to Muncie Indiana and they need to have a copy of my marriage certificate.

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      Willa, we are happy to assist you with an online marriage record for your reference however, what you’ll need is a certified copy of your marriage certificate to obtain a government ID. You can do this by contacting the Department of health in the state you were married in and make your request with them. You can typically order a copy online and have it mailed to you for a nominal fee

  18. Tamara says:

    i am from Ohio I was married in Niagra Falls Ontario to a Canadian I am divorced now and need a copy of marriage certificate for me to get a special drivers licence here need all my marriage certificates for that need to know how much and where to send money and what all is needed in a letter for it

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      Tamara, in order to obtain a certified copy of your Ohio marriage record certificate you will need to contact the Ohio Department of Health directly. You can order a copy online through their website or contact them directly @

  19. Gloria Mota says:

    I need an original marriage certificate, since my husband passed away, April 6 2020

  20. Glenda E Adams says:

    I need a copy of my marriage certificate, how can I get it

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      Glenda, you can obtain a copy of this vital record by contacting your the Department of Health in the state you were married in

  21. Elaine says:

    Christ Church Alsager S O T Staffs

    31st August 1963

    John William Hood Age 22

    Elaine Mary Tibbs Age 17

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      Elaine, we will also need to know the state in which to lookup this marriage record for you

      1. Elaine Hood says:

        Alsager Stoke On Trent Staffordshire
        England U/K

        1. squarryadministrator says:

          Elaine, our resources are for the United States only. Unfortunately we cannot assist you with marriage certificates from the UK

  22. Karen Rose Morris says:

    Hi! I need a certified copy of my marriage license as soon as possible. I was married in Dallas, Texas, on January 15, 1983. My Maiden Name was Karen Rose Wood. I became Karen Rose Morris on January 15, 1983. My husband\’s name is Timothy L. Morris. Please let me know if there is any other information I need to provide in order to obtain a Certified Copy of my Marriage License. I will pay additional postage or whatever is required in order to receive it as soon as possible. Thank you for your help in this matter.

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      Karen, in order to get a copy of your marriage certificate you can visit the website VitalChek.com, our marriage record resources are for online reference only

  23. jayaseelan pillay says:

    require a copy of my marriage certificate

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      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

  24. F Sykes says:

    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. squarryadministrator says:

      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

  25. terri ricci says:

    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. squarryadministrator says:

      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

  26. Dianne boyd says:

    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. squarryadministrator says:

      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.

  27. Dianne boyd says:

    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. squarryadministrator says:

      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

  28. Diane Knowles says:

    I need a copy of my marriage certificate to prove my name for my drivers license

  29. Karleen Miller says:

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

  30. Elizabeth Smith says:

    Lost my marriage certificate, it would be in 1964 Brown county, south dakota

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      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.

  31. Paule Perine says:

    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. squarryadministrator says:

      Paule, you can visit the Texas Department of Health and Human Services and order a copy of your Marriage Certificate online. There will be a nominal fee and processing by mail can take a few weeks. Please reach out if you have any further questions or future public record inquiries.

  32. Lori Jackson says:

    I need a copy of my marriage license for a real if
    Lljackson919@gmail.com

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      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

  33. Anita Hicks says:

    I lost my marriage license. I needed one for social security

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      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

  34. Mark paul says:

    Trying to find my parents marriage license from 1933. Need for a property sAle

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      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

  35. Rajkumar Dogra says:

    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.

  36. LEBENA EDMOND says:

    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. squarryadministrator says:

      Hello Lebena,

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

      Best Regards,

      The Search Quarry Team

  37. Eduardo Velasquez says:

    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. squarryadministrator says:

      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

  38. Lias harchaoui says:

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

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      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

      1. sulemana s fuseini says:

        MY NAME IS SULEMANA SEIDU FUSEINI I MARIED TO TRACEY LOUISA CAVE ON 20/11/2004 IN SYDNEY AND I NEED THE COPY OF THE MARIAGE CERTIFICATE TO APPLY FOR DEVOICE.PLEASE HELP ME GET IT .

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Last Updated: 2015-11-16

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