(Closed) Had to call office of vital records….did I miss something?

posted 5 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
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1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Thats hard to say because it depends on where you are located and the laws there.  For example, I live in North Carolina.  We had to apply for a liscense at least 3 days before the ceremony (and paid all the fees at this time), and then it was the officiants responsibility to get the signed document in the mail after the ceremony.  Once it was mailed in it took us about 10 days to be able to get our certificate.  On the other hand my friend got married in another state, and was responsible for getting the paperwork to the state after the ceremony, and had to include a check for the fees at that point.  I’d call the register of deeds and double check the process and make sure you didn’t miss anything.

Post # 5
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1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Willow1991:  Hmmm… that is different.  Here the certificate you recieve from the county clerk is the official certificate, whether you go get it in person or request it by mail.  Where are you trying to order the $40.00 copies from?

Post # 7
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1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Willow1991:  I did a little googling for you- I saw that vitalchek has a lot of complaints about long wait times to get documents back, so it sounds like that may be just the way they operate. I poked around a little more, and it looks like most of the counties that use them, offer them as an additional way to get vital records, but still maintain an office where you can pay for and recieve the records in person.  It seems like they “push” vitalchek because its online 24/7 so therefore more convienent.  Of course without knowing exactly what your counties policies are its hard to say- you could live someplace that only offers online ordering.

I think you have two options- call the county office and find out how much/how to get a certified copy of your certificate in person and ask for a refund from vitalchek.  (Beware with this- they have a lot of complaints about being hard to work with, never giving refunds etc so this may be a huge pain in the butt).  Or you can wait it out/keep checking with vitalchek until they get your order taken care of.   

It sucks that you are having such a hard time with this.  I know I was super excited to get my certificate.  I hope you’re able to work things out soon.

Post # 9
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476 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@nikkialys:  Yes!  VitalChek is a pain and not the only way to obtain the information you need. When my purse was stolen, I had to get a new driver’s license and needed a certified copy of my birth certificate, which I didn’t have at my house. They pushed VitalChek but I couldn’t wait that long to get a valid ID!  I went to the county health department, paid a fee (cheaper than VitalChek btw) and 10 minutes later, I had my certified birth certificate. If there’s another option, do it.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

You can usually go down to your nearest Vital Records and have them get you copies on the spot. And some counties can take up to 90 days for them to go through the process of recording with the state or county court system and becoming available for copies in your county.

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