Marriage is something that changes the status of a person, and status is something that follows the person no matter where he or she may go. It is something that attaches upon a person certain rights and obligations as well as some limitations in the exercise of his or her rights. It is precisely because someone might claim those rights that are reserved for a married person that marriage records like Lincoln County Marriage Records are necessary. This is because these records are the best evidence that could be presented in order to prove the existence of the marriage.
Like all marriage records, Marriage Records Lincoln County are public records that are kept by the government and are not supposed to be given to the public. Copies of marriage records, however, may be given to the public upon a valid request, and the government could not keep these copies from being distributed because that is the purpose of the documents being labeled ‘public’ in the first place. As public and official records, they are the best evidence that could be presented to prove the existence of the marriage. Indeed, there are some jurisdictions that would take the mere existence of the same as prima facie evidence that the marriage does exist.
Copies of Lincoln County Marriage License Records may, in general, be obtained from one of two sources, the first of which would be the local level sources in the form of the records division of the probate court. The procedure that is followed at this level would require the person who desires the copy to first go to the office and make the request there. Note that a local probate court could only give the person copies of marriage licenses that they had issued, and not marriage licenses that were issued in other jurisdictions. The procedure might mean hassle because there is a need to travel, but note that this is the more efficient procedure because the records requested are, more often than not, made available at the same day that they are requested for.
The other source of copies of Georgia Marriage Records would be at the state level through the office of vital records of the Georgia Department of Health. At this level, the department has copies of licenses issued from all around the state, but it is still limited in the sense that they could only give copies of records that were issued between certain years. The procedure is one that is purely mail-based and would require the person who desires the copy to first obtain the request form and accomplish the same before sending it to the office for processing together with a money order or check to answer for the required fee of ten dollars for the first copy. Note that because this is mail-based, the office could only act upon receiving your mailed request so the procedure may take as long as a few months.
A final source of marriage records would be online databases. These are mostly privately owned databases that do provide substantially the same records as the various government sources but using a platform that is both faster and more efficient because they are internet based. In addition, most charge only the most minimum of fees for the use of their services.
Marriage Records Lincoln County
Follow the procedure given below when requesting for marriage records at the local level
- At the probate court, locate the records division and make the request there.
- A member of the records division would be on hand to assist you and would ask you some questions regarding the record that you wish to see.
- Using your answers, and their database, the member of the division would call all records matching your search criteria.
- From these returns, you would be asked to identify the records that you wish to see.
- The same record would then be produced for your perusal.
- Make sure that these are the records that you want before asking that copies be made for you.
- Pay the required fee, and then claim your copies of the records in question.
Lincoln County Marriage License Records
The links listed below should be of further assistance
- Lincoln County
- Clerk of Court
- Probate Court
- Georgia Department of Health
- Office of Vital Records
- Center for Disease Control Vital Records