Marriage documents, along with other vital records, are deemed to be legal and are therefore very beneficial in a handful of purposes. A record on a matrimonial bond is very important as it is a proof of the life-long commitment of those two people involved. These, together with other public records are housed by designated state agencies which the Lone Star State has tapped to ensure that files of important events in the state are kept track and well maintained and managed.
Vital records consist of birth and death documents, marriage and divorce decrees, and adoption files. These records are kept at the Texas state’s central repository for vital records, the Texas Department of State Health Services. However, if you are to request for a copy of a marriage record, say in Jefferson County, you have to address your entreaty locally at the Office of the County Clerk as the state office does not issue a certified copy of such document. Only verification letters and index searches are available at the Department of Health’s Bureau of Vital Records.
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Requesting for a copy of such file entails filling out an application form or a ‘request to access’ form. This can be downloaded online from the Office of the County Clerk’s website or obtained personally from such office. The office opens Mondays through Fridays from 8 am to 5 pm and is closed during major holidays. Once you have already secured the form, complete it with all the significant information asked. The form has to show the complete names of the husband and the wife, the date and county they tied the knot, and the county where the marriage license was obtained. As the one requesting for the document, it is also important that you provide your basic information as well. These include your complete legal name, date of birth, your mailing address and a contact number where you can be reached at. Once accomplished, mail it to the apt agency together with the $20 processing fee. Do not forget to include a stamped return envelope.
In doing any record search, be it for a copy of a marriage document, marriage dissolution or even a copy of a criminal conviction report, it is important that you be accurate when providing information. The more exact information you provide, the easier it will be to locate the records you need as search results will be narrowed. Indeed, accuracy is the key.
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