Performing a marriage records search can offer a lot of information about who someone was once married to and to add lines onto a family tree. Obtaining Utah marriage records is easy to do because of the abundance of resources available either online or through libraries and archives. Many people who are looking to get married or find out about previous marriages can do so by searching names and dates. Similar to a background check, finding marriage records will allow someone to see where a marriage was performed and the specific dates.
Utah marriage records as well as divorce records can be issued from the office of Utah Department of Health. If you wish to obtain a certified copy of these records they can be ordered online through the web site. Dates include 1978 through the present year. Prior years can be accessed through another source to obtain records.
To order marriage records from 1978 to the present year, an order can be placed through the telephone using a toll free number, sending a check or money order directly to the office or through a third party website provided by the vital records office. Marriage records will generally cost around $16 for one certified copy and a service fee and $8 for an additional copy of the same record. When ordering through the mail, the expected processing and reply time takes around 3 weeks to complete.
According to the Division of Archives and Records Service provided by the Utah government website, marriage licenses became a civil record issued by the state government starting in the year of 1887. The name index section also on this website holds records by the Utah State Archives. Marriage records can be searched by entering the name of the bride or groom into the search bar. Results show up right away and can also include other information about the person that is entered. Certification of copies provided by the Utah government records include fees but will vary depending on how many copies are ordered.
For many people accessing Utah marriage records for genealogy purposes or to find out who their relatives were married to, try searching the Utah bases familysearch.org. This website, though containing many documents can also provide marriage records when prompted to search for them. All you would have to do is type in the first and last name as well as what city or county in Utah the marriage took place in. It's very simple to find results and they can typically help you to figure out marriage dates without having to purchase certified documents online or through the mail.
To request a Utah marriage verification, follow these instructions:
Download the Marriage Request application form.
Read the instructions on the form. Then fill out the pertinent information on the marriage portion of the form, including full names of bride and groom, place and date of marriage. Be sure to state your relationship and provide a legible copy of your photo ID.
Send the application to the address below, or stop by in person, along with a check or money order for $16 to pay the search fee.
Send your completed application to:
Utah Office of Vital Records and Statistics
PO Box 141012
288 North 1460 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-1012
About Utah Marriage Records
The State of Utah Vital Records Office has been charged with keeping and maintaining marriage records, as well as other vital record events, that happened within the state. However, the Vital Records office only provides a verification of marriage showing the bride, groom, date of marriage and place of marriage. Vital Records only has marriage records available from 1978 to the present. Those wishing to obtain a verification must present proof of relationship via an approved photo ID.
How To Obtain Older Marriage Records
Anyone wishing to obtain a marriage record older than 1978, or wishing to obtain a certified copy of an original document, must contact the County Clerk in the county where the marriage took place.
Online Availability of Utah Marriage Records
Those wishing to obtain a marriage verification online may do so through VitalCheck. Proper ID is still required, and credit cards are acceptable.