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Santa Clara County Marriage Records

There could be no doubt that status follows the person wherever he or she goes. The status of being married, for instance, is something that is recognized by any country in the world no matter where the marriage was celebrated. In fact, there are some countries in the world with no formal ties with each other, yet, they recognized the marriage solemnized in accordance with the law of the other. This is because status is important when dealing with such things as rights and obligations, and often, these rights and obligations are due not from the parties to the marriage, but from third persons. Thus, one could easily see why the government keeps marriage records, such as Santa Clara County Marriage Records, in their archives.

Marriage Records Santa Clara County are public records, and this means that they are supposed to be available to the public. This, however, is only true when it comes to informational copies, and only because such copies could not be used for official proceedings. Certified copies, which could be used for official proceedings, are only available to a person who is included in the exclusive list provided for by law because public records have the presumption of authenticity working for them. Note, however, that certified copies and informational copies have the exact same information written on them.

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Now, a person who wants to get his or her hands on a copy of a Santa Clara County Marriage License Record may request for the same from the office of the clerk-recorder. There are two methods that he or she could use when requesting for records here. The first would be to make the request in person, and the other would be to make the request through mail. Note that both informational and certified copies may be requested at this level, and using both methods. When requesting for certified copies, however, the searcher should be an authorized person as enumerated by law in an exclusive list. If he is not in the list, he could not request for a certified copy. The exception is when an unauthorized person is sent by an authorized person to request for the records in person, though such a request should be accompanied by a notarized letter authorizing said unauthorized person to make the request for the authorized person. Note that requests through mail would require that the application form be notarized and a sworn statement appended thereto. The processing time also depends on the method, with in person request typically being processed within the day, while request by mail would take anywhere between two to ten days. Whether the request is for an informational or authorized copy, the required fee is fifteen dollars for every record requested.

Free California Marriage Records may be obtained online using online databases. There are a number of such databases available, which makes them easy to locate. Most are even easier to use, requiring the barest minimum of internet knowledge to use. Fast, efficient, and often free to use, these databases may be used from the homes of the user, which means that there is no need to go out of the house, or even to fall in line.

Marriage Records Santa Clara County
The procedures for the two methods available at the local office is given below

  • Requesting for the records in person
    • Head over to the office of the clerk-recorder and their records division.
    • Inform the clerk of your request.
    • You would be handed an application form which you must then fill up.
    • If you are requesting for an authorized copy, you must be one of those authorized to do so, otherwise, you must present an authorization letter from such person.
    • Pay the required fee.
    • Either wait for the records to be made available or come back another day.
  • Requesting for the records through mail.
    • Download the required application form
    • Fill up the application form either by hand or through the computer.
    • Note that if you are requesting for a certified copy, you must have the form notarized and a sworn statement must be appended thereto.
    • Determine your required fee
    • Make a money order or check to answer for the required fee
    • Send the requirements to the office of the recorder for processing.

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The following links should be of further assistance

  • Santa Clara County
  • Clerk-Recorder
  • District Attorney
  • Library
  • County Archives
  • Public Health
  • California Department of Public Health
  • Center for Disease Control