(Closed) Marriage Certificate – When/Did You Get Yours?

posted 6 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Ours was signed by the pastor immediately after our ceremony, so we had the original, signed marriage certificate that very day.  The pastor then simply had to mail the appropriate copy of the form to the county in which we were married, but we did not need to wait for this to happen for our marriage certificate to be considered valid. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

This can vary a lot locally – but yes we needed the certified copy made by the county, not “our” original (our certificate had three originals). Our county govt has a marriage bureau and that is where we went to get the marriage license. That is also who we needed to go to to request the certified copy of the certificate. That office has a website with a phone number and instructions for ordering the certificate. In my case, I could call that number with questions. They did tell me that they overestimate the time needed because it depends on how quickly the officiant mails in the county copy – so that might be the difference between 2 weeks and 6-8 weeks that you are being quoted.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@yellowshoe: We didn’t need anything other than the original, signed marriage license/certificate for me to change my name, but it definitely sounds as if the process is different where you are. I’m sure @ahavah: is right.  It does vary by state and perhaps even by county.

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