(Closed) When do you get your actual marriage certificate?

posted 7 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
7587 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

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
624 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

The Officiant sends the paper work for you. I believe we got it a couple weeks later.

Post # 5
955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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
489 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
1108 posts
Bumble bee

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
2550 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Wait, what? Darling Husband 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
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
7431 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

@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).

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