Marriage is perhaps one of the most emotional, pivotal and very important milestones in an individual’s lifetime. Because it is that significant, the government has made sure that it is recorded; thus the marriage records. Certificates on marriages are vital records and vital records in Texas are housed in the Bureau of Vital Statistics, Department of State Health Services. Such entity serves the central repository for birth and death certificates, marriage and marriage dissolution archives, and adoption files. If you wish to obtain a copy of any Galveston County marriage records, only verification letters and index searches are provided by the state office.
This means that certified copies of marriage records Galveston County, since they are not available at the Bureau of Vital Records, can only accessed through the local county clerk. The Galveston County Clerk’s Office provides record retrieval services from 8 am to 5 pm during weekdays. Every marriage document costs $20. This is non-refundable even if the marriage file you appealed for is not found.
Marriage Records Galveston County
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In filing a formal request for marriage decrees in Galveston Texas, an application form – which you can either obtain online from the County Clerk’s website or personally get from their office – has to be completed with all the particulars requisite. It must show the details of the event as well as that of the person requesting for the document. Full names of the couple, date and county where event transpired, the county where the marriage license was obtained, the requester’s name and address, contact number, his or her relationship to the couple, and the reason for the perusal are information that must be provided in the ‘request to access’ form. Once the form is completed, mail the form to the Office of the Clerk in Galveston County along with the $20 fee. Marriage certificates in Texas cost $20 a piece. This is non-refundable though even if the document filed an entreaty for is not found. Wait for about 10 – 15 business days to get the results of your record search.
More inputs on requesting access to Galveston County marriage registers can be obtained from the following resources: