Statewide registration of marriages within North Dakota commenced in 1925. Some counties within the state began documenting such events even earlier. Along with those of birth, death and divorce, North Dakota Marriage Records are available through the Division of Vital Records within the Administrative Support Section of the North Dakota Department of Health. This office provides registration and certification of vital events that occur in North Dakota including births, deaths, foetal deaths, marriages and divorces but effective 2008, all certified copies of Marriage Records must be issued by the county where the license was originally purchased and filed.
Marriage Records are public information in North Dakota. Anyone is permitted to access this information as long as procedures are followed. As mentioned, one should get in touch directly with the County Clerk of Court where the marriage license was granted to obtain certified North Dakota Marriage Records. The Division of Vital Records Office can provide the contact info and assist if the county where the marriage took place is not known. Cost, processing time and requirements vary from one county to another. Payment should be paid by money order to the concerned County Office.