Arizona is an open record state. But, while Arizona is an open record state meaning individuals will be able to obtain a wide array of different records, there is a catch. Much like several other states, while the Arizona Department of Health Services Office of Vital Records maintains marriage records, they do not issue copies. Instead, individuals are forced to seek out the Clerk of the Superior Court of the county in which the marriage occurred. Of course, this does not make it impossible for individuals to obtain Arizona Marriage Records but it does mean that fees and procedures will vary depending on the county. Luckily, the rate at which these fees and procedures vary is not drastic meaning individuals can largely expect nearly the same fees across the board. Phoenix, for example, is considered a good starting point to determine the requirements and fees of other counties.
To obtain Arizona Marriage Records there are two methods to choose from. First is through the US Postal Service and is largely the same procedure as other states. Individuals are asked to provide several different pieces of information including the case number of the marriage license, the names of both parties who participated in the marriage, the specific documents that are requested, the date on which the marriage license was issued, the location of the marriage, the number of copies needed and a day-time telephone number and/or email address in the event additional information is required. While this may be the more convenient of the two methods, requests typically take up to 14 business days to be processed. Payment must also be sent in the form of either check or money order as mailed-in cash will not be accepted. Fees for Marriage Records obtained from Phoenix are $0.50 per page and an additional $26 fee if the document must be certified.