Marriage or Divorce for Today's Seniors

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Replace a Marriage or Divorce record

An official certificate of every marriage and divorce should be on file in the locality where the event occurred. The Federal Government does not maintain these records. They records are filed permanently in a State's vital statistics office or in a city, county, or other local office.

The National Center for Health Statistics maintains an online list of links to every State's and territory's vital records resource. To use this valuable tool, first determine the State or area where the marriage or divorce occurred. When you have that information, click on Where to write for vital records, then click on that State or area you want.

To obtain a certified copy of any of the records, write or go to the vital statistics office in the State or area where the marriage or divorce occurred. Addresses and fees are given for each type of event in the State or area concerned. Because all fees are subject to change, a telephone number has been included in the information for each State so that you can verify the current fee.

For all requests, make your check or money order payable to the identified office, in the correct amount for the number of copies requested. Do not send cash because the office cannot refund cash lost in transit.

Type or clearly print all names and addresses in the letter.

Give the following facts when writing for marriage records:

1. Full names of bride and groom.
2. Month, day, and year of marriage.
3. Place of marriage (city or town, county, and State).
4. Purpose for which copy is needed.
5. Your relationship to persons whose record is requested.
6. Your day-time telephone number with area code.

Give the following facts when writing for divorce records:

1. Full names of husband and wife.
2. Date of divorce or annulment.
3. Place of divorce or annulment.
4. Type of final decree.
5. Purpose for which copy is needed.
6. Your relationship to persons whose record is requested.
7. Your day-time telephone number with area code.

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