There are many reasons why governments keep records. Often, these records are the best evidence that could be used to prove that something had existed or had happened. The reason why the existence of something has to be proven varies, but in general, for marriages, the reason why their existence has to be proven is because of the rights available to a person that had its roots from a valid marriage. For example, a child could be legitimate if he or she was born of a valid marriage, or a person could inherit from his spouse if the marriage is there. Mendocino County Marriage Records provide the person who would seek for these records with the ability to check whether or not a marriage did exist.
As public records, Marriage Records Mendocino County is supposed to be available to everyone and to a certain extent they are. One must note, however, that there are two kinds of copies of marriage records, and these are the certified and informational copies. Informational copies, as the name implies, could only be used to provide information, while certified copies could be used for a whole host of other things. Note, however, that certified copies are only available to those who were party to the marriage or who are related to them in some way. For those who are not part of that exclusive list provided by law, there are informational copies, but the two types give the same information anyway.