Idaho marriage records are maintained by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, beginning in 1947 until 1960. After that year, each county in Idaho became responsible for recording its own vital records. You can find out more about searching for the county in which the event took place by writing or calling:
Idaho Dept. of Health and Welfare
450 West State St.
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: (208) 334-0668
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When you receive an Idaho marital record it will usually contain the date of the marriage, the location where the event took place and the full names of those listed on the certificate. Most information about the marriage is considered confidential for fifty years so if you want a copy of a certificate of marriage that took place during that time span you'll need to provide proof that you're somehow related to a person listed in the marriage. You'll also need to provide acceptable identification to prove that you're related. There's a $13 search fee for each Idaho marriage record that you request and you must supply the full names on the certificate, date and city where the marriage took place, how you're related to the person (including proof), why you want the copy of the certificate and a return address where the certificate can be mailed.
If you're searching through Idaho marriage records for genealogy reasons, it can be a wealth of information for you. Besides proving that an individual was at a certain place during a certain time period, you can also reveal birth dates of the bride and groom, their parents' full names and witnesses. Previous addresses might also be found. Marriage certificate information might also be valuable for legal purposes, such as proving immigration or that a relative was married to a certain person. Such data should be accurate and complete – no matter what purpose you want it for. Sometimes state records aren't as thorough or complete as you would like. For that reason, Internet search services now provide more satisfying results. You simply pay a reasonable fee online and the powerful search engines go to work immediately to reveal information that you might never receive if you go through a state-based search. The databases available to these online search sites are enormous and can uncover much more data in a short amount of time. Usually, the results of an Internet search are available within minutes and sent to your computer as a finished report. If no Idaho marital record is found, you pay nothing. You don't have to prove that you're related to the couple involved and there is no need to provide identification or a reason why you're searching for the record. To find out more about how Internet search sites can help you find Idaho marriage records, click on the link.
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