The Utah Vital Records office preserves summaries of divorce records of all legal separations in the state since 1978. Summaries only confirm the names of both the people in the divorce, the county and date. However, if you want older records, or a certified copy of the divorce, then you should request directly at the County Clerk's office in the county where the divorce was filed.
Divorce records are a part of Vital Records, and since these records are in the public domain, you can legally ask for it if you want to. However, the state of Utah has placed certain restraints on who may get a copy of the divorce record. The restrictions are imposed on many other states too.
Of course if it is your divorce, you have every right to have the decree. However, you are required to prove your identity. The fact is, only those mentioned in the document, their parents, siblings and grandparents/grandchildren may place a request. You can also ask for the record if you are the legal representative of any of these people. If you are not one of those, you will need a court order to access the record.
First and foremost, you need to fill out an application form. You have to follow the instructions on the form. You are required to complete the section meant for Divorce Identification, and provide the wife's and husband's names, and the date and place of marriage, if possible. You can prove your identity by submitting a government approved photo ID.
You can mail your application, or else stop by in person and submit the filled out form to the below mentioned address. It is essential that you include a check or money order for the search process and the copy of the record. Remember, the service is not free. The money you pay is nonrefundable, even if no records can be found.
Contact the Third District Court:
450 South State Street
P.O. Box 1860
p (801) 238-7480
450 S. State Street
P.O. Box 140241
p (801) 578-3976
p (801) 538-6105
Do not be impatient. Be prepared to wait for some time. Do remember that the office has other responsibilities too, and of course, there are many others too who are sending applications for records. Once the application is accepted, a search will be conducted, and if found, the record will be mailed to you. In Utah, it might take anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks.
To obtain a Utah divorce record, please follow the instructions below:
First, download the Divorce Request application form from the Vital Records website.
Follow the directions on the form. Complete the Divorce Identification section with the names of the husband and wife, date and place of divorce, and date and place of marriage, if known. You must also state your relationship and include a legible copy of your photo ID.
Stop by in person, or submit the finished application to the address below. You must also include a check or money order for $16.
Send the application to:
Utah Office of Vital Records and Statistics
PO Box 141012
288 North 1460 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-1012
Where to Find Utah Divorce Records
The Utah Vital Records Office maintains abstracts of divorce records that occur in the state since 1978. Abstracts only show the persons on the divorce document, the date, and the county of the divorce. Older records, or certified copies of a divorce, should be requested directly from the County Clerk where the divorce was filed.
Who May Obtain a Divorce Record?
Utah has placed restrictions on who may obtain a divorce verification. Only the persons listed on the document, their parents, siblings, children, grandparents, or grandchildren may place a request. Proper photo ID is required.
Ordering Utah Divorce Records Online
Eligible persons may request a divorce verification online through VitalCheck, a third-party vendor approved to handle this type of transaction. Additional fees do apply.