Congratulations on your upcoming marriage! King County wants to make applying for and picking up your marriage license quick and easy.
Don’t wait until the last minute! Due to reduced staffing in the pandemic, the Recorder’s Office cannot guarantee a three-day turnaround. We are running a few days behind processing marriage applications and a week behind processing marriage certificates.
- The marriage license permits a marriage to take place. The marriage certificate indicates that a legal marriage has been performed. How to Apply for a Marriage License. To apply for a marriage license online, visit Instructions on how to apply using the electronic marriage license system above can be found here.
- Some older marriage licenses will also list the type of ceremony such as a religious ceremony performed in a church or a ceremony held in a courthouse. You will also find the names of the witnesses to the wedding. The license should list those names in a typed format with their signatures below.
Please print legibly or type the information on your application. This cuts down on data entry errors.
Your application should reflect your current full, legal names, not the name(s) you intend to take after marriage.
If your marriage license goes missing before it's been signed (and it's not the day of your wedding, of course), head back to the clerk's office where you filed for it to request a duplicate. Rise of legends latest patch downloadwhonew.
Your application must be notarized.
Please include at least one phone number where you can be reached during the day.
Enclose a check or money order for $69 payable to King County. The check or money order must include your address. Starter checks are not accepted.
Please provide a physical mailing address where we should return your packet. P.O. boxes are not acceptable. If you do not include a return address, we will use the one on the application.
Packets will be returned by Priority Mail or FedEx once your application has been processed.
Ceremonies can be conducted by video, but we must receive the actual physical certificate, properly executed, for your marriage to be valid.
If you have questions, please contact us at [email protected] or 206-477-6620.
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Vital records and court records are invaluable in genealogical research, with details about both the person and the residence. Generally marriage records are vital records, while divorce records are public court records.
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American vital records are maintained at the state level, aggregated into population statistics used for planning. Court records are maintained at the specific court level: city, county or district, or state. While some states have some restrictions on privacy of marriage records, most do not. Divorce records generally have no restrictions.
The website for each state's Vital Records office has mail-in application forms. Some allow in-person, phone, or fax requests, with online requests through VitalChek. Requests for divorce record copies must be made to the clerk of the specific courthouse where the divorce was granted, usually a civil or district courthouse. Many marriage and divorce records are available online, as are indexes of these records.
The marriage record is composed from the marriage license information: names, ages, residences, witnesses, and sometimes birth dates, occupations, parents' names, and parents' addresses. Genealogically, this information can help to locate church records, newspaper accounts, and most importantly, an ancestor's maiden name.
Divorce records may contain just the names and date. Some also include ages, residences, prenuptial agreements, child custody or support, alimony, and causes. Genealogically, this information is valuable to confirm ancestry of children.