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Hidalgo County Marriage Records

Possible one of the most searched and requested for public record, marriage records, such as Hidalgo County Marriage Records, is important because they are the best proof to prove the existence of a marriage, and marriage is something that follows the person no matter where he or she may go. The existence of a marriage record could prove the existence of a marriage, and the absence of a marriage record, conversely, could be conclusive proof that there was no marriage to speak of. Again, marriage is something that follows the person, so if the person is already married, then, he or she could not be married again, unless there is a divorce, by simply going to a different jurisdiction.

It is thus important to know where one could obtain copies of Marriage Records Hidalgo County, and fortunately, these records are public records. Under this classification, they are supposed to be available to the public at all times, and they are afforded great respect when it comes to their authenticity. A person who would claim that the public record is false would have the burden of proving the same.

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Copies of Hidalgo County Marriage License Records may only be obtained at the local office of the county clerk where the marriage actually occurred. The process begins when the person who wants to obtain the copy sends a letter of request to the clerk. Note that the letter of request is non-standard and follows no format, though to assist the search, it is suggested that as much information regarding the record and marriage in question be included in the letter as much as possible. Using the information provided in the request letter, the clerk, or his subordinates, would search the archives for the records in question. Note that only an authorized person could actually search the archives.

It is sometimes difficult to know the local county where the marriage occurred, and without this location, it is practically impossible to search for copies of Public Marriage Records Texas. Fortunately, it is possible to ask for verification letters from the Vital Statistics Unit of the Texas Department of State Health Services using an application form that is available from the website of the same. Note that a verification letter is not a record, but the absence of the same at the state level is an indication that even if there was a marriage, the same was not recorded at the state level, and therefore, the marriage did not really occur. Of course, if there is a verification letter, then it means that the marriage occurred and the location where the marriage was celebrated would be included in the verification letter. A verification letter would cost about twenty dollars, plus any additional costs necessary for submitting the application request.

Another source of marriage records would be online database and unlike the more traditional search methods, a search using these online databases would not be constrained by geographical locations. These searches would also be faster because they depend on the internet, and more efficient. Of course, the fact that they are internet searches means that they could be accessed from just about anywhere where there is a substantial internet connection. Unlike the traditional methods of search, these online databases charges only the most minimum of fees for the use of their services.

Marriage Records Hidalgo County
The procedure that must be followed when requesting for marriage records is given below

  • First, obtain the request form from the Texas Department of State Health Services.
  • Complete the form and send it to the Texas Vital Statistics Unit for processing.
  • At the end of the processing period, you would be given a verification letter which would contain information including the location where the marriage occurred.
  • Write a request letter addressed to the county clerk. Note that you must include as much information as you could in the request letter including information from the verification letter that you were issued.
  • Submit the letter to the clerk and allow the office to process the request.
  • The clerk would search the archives for the marriage record that you are interested in.
  • Once the records had been located, copies of the same would be made.
  • Upon payment of the required copying fee, said copies would then be issued to you.

Hidalgo County Marriage License Records

The following links should be of further assistance in case of queries

  • Hidalgo County
  • County Clerk
  • District Clerk
  • District Attorney
  • Law Library
  • County Court
  • District Court
  • Vital Statistics Unit
  • Texas Department of Health
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