Arizona Marriages and How to Find Them
Unlike birth and death records which can be obtained from County Vital Records Offices, marriage records in Arizona are maintained by the Clerk of the Superior Court in the county where the event occurred. (This also applies to Arizona divorce records.) For official copies of Arizona marriage certificates, contact the Clerk of the Superior Court where the license was issued. Early Arizona marriage records are public records.
In Arizona official recording of vital records was not required until 1909, but many records of marriage exist from earlier dates in each county. Arizona Court Clerks have marriage records starting at these dates:
Apache - 1879
Check with the county of interest to see what records they have and fees associated with ordering copies of records. Arizona Superior Court Clerks
Of Interest to future genealogists:
Arizona now has two types of marriage licenses available - a standard marriage license and a covenant marriage license.
Keep Your Arizona Marriage Record Safe
Have you ever seen shows on television where you're able to view a person breaking into someone else's house? The person in question breaks into the house and steals everything that they possibly can, and the things they steal that you may not notice are your checkbooks, social security cards and other personal records, including marriage records. It is very easy for someone to steal your identity with access to these records.
Information on a modern Arizona marriage license include
That's why it is recommended, if you have a copy of your marriage record in your home that you keep it locked up in a safe box with the key hidden in another room.
Getting a Copy of Your Records
What happens if you do not have a copy of your Arizona marriage records and you need to get one? The first thing that you should do is to remember where you were married. Believe it or not, quite a few people actually forget where they were married! Remember which county you were married in and then locate the addresses of the Arizona Clerks of the Superior Court. Information regarding licenses issued since 1995 is currently available through the Arizona Supreme Court's Public Access.
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