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District of Columbia Marriage Records

In the District of Columbia, marriage records are not maintained in the same manner as other types of vital records. If you were interested in ordering a copy of a birth or death certificate, you would send your request to the Department of Health. For marriage records, you would need to contact the Marriage Bureau section of the Family Court. Another option for people who would like to obtain a copy of a marriage record is to visit a website which can provide this information to consumers on request for a fee.

The Marriage Bureau section of the Family Court maintains records dating from 1811 to present. You may need to obtain a certified copy of a marriage record if you have lost your original marriage license or if you wish to verity that another person has been legally married.

A certified copy of a marriage record may also be needed to apply for insurance benefits or to confirm your age. You may also want to order a copy as a keepsake to mark the date of the wedding or for genealogical purposes if you are researching your family tree.

Information Required to Apply for DC Marriage Records
When you request a copy of a marriage record, you will need to provide the following information:

Fee to Order District of Columbia Marriage Records
The fee for each certified copy of a District of Columbia marriage record is $10.00.

Order a DC Marriage Record in Person
You can place an order for a marriage record in person by visiting the Superior Court Office by going to:
D.C. Superior Court
500 Indiana Avenue NW, Rm 4485
Washington, DC 20001
Telephone: (202) 879-4840

Contact the office in advance to confirm hours of operation and to find out whether same-day service is available.

Order District of Columbia Marriage Records by Mail
You can forward your request by mail to the Superior Court Office. The address is as follows:
D.C. Superior Court
500 Indiana Avenue NW, Rm 4485
Washington, DC 20001

Be sure to enclose the correct amount for the number of copies of the marriage record you wish to order. Your check or money order should be made payable to, “Clerk, DC Superior Court.”

If you can’t or don’t want to take the time to visit the DC Superior Court personally or wait to receive the requested marriage record by mail, an easy and convenient option is to order them online through one of the reputable companies offering this service. You don’t have to take time out of your busy day to travel to a government office or wait for the record you need to be delivered to your home by mail. Why wait to place your order when there are so many reputable companies waiting to serve you? Go ahead and order your copy right now!