Any member of the public can search and order Idaho marriage records online. For some people getting marriage records helps them to know who a certain person was married to and what the exact date was. For other people, a marriage record will fill in the blanks to a family history. Whatever the reason, finding marriage records in Idaho will be beneficial to whoever is searching.
When beginning to search for marriage or divorce records in Idaho, you must first determine who it is that you are searching for. Determine where the marriage took place and include the city or county where the certificate was granted. You can perform easy searches through many online web pages; especially ones that tailor to people searches and vital records. Many web sites allow you to order certified documents or copies of marriage records and will require that you fill out applications. Many web sites will allow a free search but many ask that you pay a fee to obtain actually documents that they have on record.
Idaho marriage records throughout the state began in 1947. To obtain copies of marriage records as well as divorce records, they can be ordered through the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. If you seek records that existed before 1947, the best way to order is through the clerk or county office where the marriage took place. Marriage and divorce records are kept on file with Idaho State for 50 years. To order records through the Idaho Department of Health an application must be filled out and sent back in with the acceptable fee and identification, such as a photocopy of a driver's license.
During the application process, information that you need to provide is your name, address and other contact information. You can also provide the name of the person you are searching Idaho marriage records on. Include either the name of the bride, groom or both. If you know the date of the marriage you can also include that which will make the search easier to perform and you will get more accurate results back from the vital records office. Costs for marriage records are $13, $10 extra for credit card orders and an additional $13 for each additional certificate. When mailing in order requests the wait time for processing a reply will generally take anywhere from 5 to 7 business days.
The Western States Marriage Index provided by BYU- Idaho has marriage records to look up and can be a place to start a search. BYU's special collections and family history department has a search engine by bride or groom's first and last name. The search results in many pages and will include the name, name of the spouse, county where the marriage took place and the date of the marriage. You can request a certificate copy by the certificate number located in the details of the search results. For older marriage records, comments are included that give an idea of where the record is located, sometimes including wedding announcements that were once in a newspaper.
To obtain an Idaho marriage certificate, follow the instructions below:
Download the Idaho Vital Statistics Certificate Request form.
Read the instructions carefully before completing the form. Check the "Marriage" indication box on the form and complete all necessary.
Send the completed form, as well as $13 payable via check or money order, to the Idaho Bureau of Vital Records.
For more information go to:
Idaho Bureau of Vital Records
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0036
Information About Idaho Marriage Records
Vital event records are important documents, and the state of Idaho has formed the Bureau of Vital Records as part of the Department of Health and Welfare to track and maintain all vital records for the state. Marriage records from May 1947 may be found and requested through this office.
Are Idaho Marriage Records Available Online?
The Bureau of Vital Records does not process online marriage record requests. However, authorized individuals seeking an Idaho marriage record may place an online request through VitalCheck.com for an additional fee. Keep in mind that proper ID is required for online orders as well.
Who May Request a Certified Marriage Certificate?
All marriage records in the state of Idaho are kept confidential for 50 years. Only those whose names are on a marriage document, or are directly related to persons on the document, may make a request. After 50 years, the marriage record become public domain and may be requested by anyone.