(Closed) marriage certificates

posted 10 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I’m not sure if it’s different in each state (I would assume it is), but I’m getting married in NY and my officiant said that once we all sign it, he can make some copies of it, but he has like 48 or 72 hours to get it to the court house so they can file it. You may want to ask your officiant because he has probably done this several times. Good luck and congrats!

Post # 4
2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I believe that usually either you or the officiant can file the completed license, but there is generally a time limit.  It also generally needs to be notarized, but sometimes your officiant is also a notary.  Any copy he makes for you at the service is not the official certificate – the official certificate is issued by the country clerk or auditor.  In Washington, if we bring in the signed and notarized license they can issue the official certificate while we wait.  This maybe different in other states. 

Post # 5
508 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Definitely check with your county clerk’s office.  In CA, we have to bring it back to be filed.  The county clerk makes notarized copies. 

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