Post # 1
From what I understand you get your marriage license and then when you actually get married you and your FH/DH sign the license along with your officient and then you have to mail the signed paper somewhere and then they will mail you the actual certificate. When are you actually legally married and what happens if your forget to mail in the signed liscense?
Post # 3
In CT you don’t mail it. The officiant has to take it to the town hall or wherever and swear that they married you. You are married at the wedding. You and the officiant all sign the license at the same time. At that point is when it’s official. Then they just send you an official notarized copy.
Post # 4
The Officiant sends the paper work for you. I believe we got it a couple weeks later.
Post # 5
We had my parents mail it in. They gave us a pre adddressed envelope and everything when we went and applied for it. Here in Florida I do not believe you are married unless it is returned, they say you have 10 days to return it after the ceremony has taken place.
Post # 6
Once your wedding is solemnized by the officiant, it is legal. It is their responsibility to get that to the marriage licensing department(or at least it is in Ohio) and when that is back to that department, you can get a certified marriage abstract, or the legal proof that you are married, which you take to Social Security to change your name.
If somehow the certificate doesn’t get mailed back, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t legal. I work in marriage licensing and people who are looking for a loophole think that if it isn’t returned then it isn’t valid, which is incorrect.
Post # 7
In VA, we picked up the license, and got a pretty for-show certificate the day we were married. We had to wait five days before we could get the legal, certified copy.
Post # 8
In CA, its not official until you return w/ signatures from minister and witnesses. Our “license” is only valid for 60 days. So after I get all the signatures, it will be mailed back on Monday. FI’s has the better benefits:)
Post # 9
Wait, what? DH and I are in MD and when we went to the court house for our marriage license she gave us a cute little envelope and inside the envelope were about 60 million papers to be signed and mailed in. One of them was our marriage certificate, which our officiant signed the day of. The certificate is folded in thirds because that’s how it fit in the envelope…
We never received another copy in the mail. Does anyone know if I could go to the courthouse and ask for a non-jacked up one that I could maybe, oh, I dunno, FRAME? (not to thread-jack or anything…)
Post # 10
I had to go to the county clerk to pay for a copy. The county where I am doesn’t mail you anything back after the officiant hands it in. The church gave us a certificate thing (not legal) as a keepsake the day-of.
Post # 11
@firsttimemom: The original white license with the seal is your actual license, you shouldn’t have mailed it in. you can get a replacement, either by going to the courthouse or mailing in your payment (I think $5).