(Closed) Lost Marriage Certificate

posted 8 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

You can go to the courthouse and get a new one.  I know around here each certified copy (which you need to change your SS and license) are $5 each

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

It sounds like your saying you lost it at the wedding and it was never registered with the courts in the first place… is that correct?

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

What did your mom do with it? Because it is a valid point that if nobody knows where it is it could never have been registered.  I know our officiant is taking it and doing it for us.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

I’m not positive on that because we were married by my uncle who got a one day designation, not by a clergyman.  I think it’s the responsibility of the officiant (priest) to register it with the court. BUT it doesn’t make sense to me that they would have something to give to your brother on the day of the wedding.  Normally the signed license has to go to the court on the Monday after the wedding, and then you can get registered copies after that is done.  So if they gave it to him on the day of it would make me concerned that it never got to the court.  I would call and ask ASAP.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@roxy821: The general rule of thumb is that whoever signs it to make it legal, i.e., who ever had the authority ‘invested in them by the state of XX’  is the one who should file the license. That means that it should have been filed by your officiant.

I am not sure where you got married but for us we were given a bunch of random stuff when we applied for our license, including a ‘ceremonial’ certificate that is good for nothing but looking pretty. Is it possible that the one that was misplaced was a similar ‘ceremonial’ certificate? If I were you I would call your officiant to make sure that it was filed. From there I would look up via internet or phone call the procedure for obtaining a copy. In general the information is listed on the court’s website or you can call the office at which you applied for the license.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I second calling to check because I could have sworn I read somewhere to ask the officiant for a few copies for name changing purposes and that those copies would be mailed to us a couple of weeks after the wedding (maybe I’m wrong).

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@mandb122: Gotta be careful about assuming a copy would be mailed. I assumed a copy would automatically be mailed to us and when it was 2 weeks later and we hadn’t gotten anything, I called and the lady there tore me a new one for making that assumption. Nope, no freebies from that county, I had to mail in a self addressed stamped envelope along with money for each copy I wanted. I am worried now I might miss my window of opportunity to change my name at work! They won’t change it without a copy of the legal one (not a ceremonial one).

 

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@roxy821: I hate to see anyone have the same issue I am having. Google and/or call the courthouse from which you obtained the license and ask what the standard procedure is. If you are local you might be able to stop by the office and get a copy in person. Just go to the office where you applied for the license.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@roxy821: Oh do I know how you feel! I unfortunately do not work in HR and they only give us a 30 day window to change EVERYTHING. Gah! I am seriously going crazy.

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