Getting married is one of the greatest things in life to happen to anyone. Marriage is seen by many as a symbol of hope. It is the start of a new journey; a new beginning. Many want to preserve its integrity and its memory, so much so that people now try to keep copies of their marriage records in the best way they possibly can. Some couples even have a secret box or safety deposit account that contains their marriage records. For many, however, the easiest way to obtain a marriage record is by submitting an application for request to the state or government office tasked to handle such matters. In The Golden State, California marriage records can be obtained with the help of the Department of Public Health’s Vital Records office.
Ever since 1850, marriages in California have been recorded and filed by the Department of Public Health. The records available for public consumption, however, are only those for marriages that took place beginning 1949 until 1986, and then those that were filed from 1998 up to 1999. There are certain rules and requirements that you need to follow in order to get the record you need.
The first thing you need to do is decide what kind of copy you should obtain. Should you get an informational copy only, or a certified one? An informational copy only lists basic information regarding the marriage record (i.e. full name of married couple and where the wedding happened). This type of copy is available to the public, so you won’t need to submit additional requirements. For a certified copy, though, you will be required to provide a notarized sworn statement. It should be sworn under penalty of perjury or your request will be dismissed.
Step number two is to send your payment for the record (or records) along with your application form and sworn statement. Marriage records requests are worth $14 each. Be sure to send the payment via personal check or money order. The Vital Records office will not accept cash payments regardless of amount.
Third, if in case you do not find the marriage record you need at the Vital Records office, you are to address your inquiry to the County Clerk or County Recorder of the county where the marriage took place. If the marriage was a confidential one, the County Clerk is the person to approach; public marriages, on the other hand, are recorded by the County Recorder. There’s a fee for every record you request for, but the amount varies per state.
Since you are dealing with a state office, it is possible for you to be asked to wait for a number of days to several weeks before your request can be granted. If you do not want to waste your time waiting, then you should turn your attention to independent online record searchers. These online searchers manage a database that can be accessed online, anytime and wherever you are (as long as there is Internet connection). The database contains files upon files of public dossiers, so it will be easy for you to dins the marriage license records you need without any hassle. Additionally, it’s a practical choice, too, as you won’t need to pay for every request you make. All that is required of you is a one-time minimal payment. And this one-time payment will allow you to enjoy unlimited access to all the public records you need, without extra expenses! Isn’t that what being practical is all about?