You can obtain a copy of Columbia marriage records from the Superior Court in Washington, D.C. The fee for the copy is $10 and you can send a check or money order payable to the D.C. Superior Court Clerk. Your request must include the full names of the persons on the record, maiden name of the bride and the date they were married. Send the request and the fee to:
D.C. Superior Court
500 Indiana Ave., NW; Room 4485
Washington D.C. 20001
Natural disasters such as fires and floods may have claimed certain records in the District of Columbia, but most these records are available between the years 1811 until 1858 at the Family History Library and are kept on microfilm. If you’re searching for District of Columbia marital records over fifty years old, you don’t need to submit an application and obtain approval to access the record. If the marriage record is more current, you may need to state your identity unless you’re the bride or groom listed on the certificate.
A marriage certificate is a vital record much like divorce, death and birth certificates and can help you reveal the background of your ancestors, prove you were married, prove your citizenship (or help you obtain citizenship). You may want a copy simply to keep as a memento of an event or to prove a legal matter such as legal rights to property. Whatever the reason you need copies of District of Columbia marriage records, you’ll likely want it to be as accurate and thorough as possible. Some marriage certificates contain information that’s hard to obtain elsewhere such as birth dates, maiden names, past residences, names of parents and other vital data.
Obtaining a copy of a marriage certificate through the state is fairly easy and inexpensive, but the information you receive might not be as accurate as you would like and it might take weeks to get it. Internet search sites can find the information you need and send it to you via your email address usually within moments and you can read the report in the privacy of your home or office. The fees are reasonable and the databases available to these fee-based search sites are vast and tend to be more accurate and thorough than those which the states use. The search engines for these search sites are much more powerful also — and can cut through enormous amounts of information in a very short amount of time. Many legal professionals and ancestry experts use these sites on a regular basis and maintain monthly memberships with them. Searches are also available on a one-time basis if you prefer. To find out how these powerful Internet search site can work for you to find District of Columbia marriage records, click on the link.