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My husband and I have nearly everything compiled for our I-130 application. All we were waiting on to send it off was a copy of our marriage certificate to come in the mail. We had previously moved to Ireland, and in the move, we somehow misplaced our original certificate. We know it's lying around somewhere at my husband's house in the UK, but we cannot locate it. I ordered a copy of our certificate from the website VitalChek. What I just received in the mail is a "Certified Statement Relating to Marriage." It states our Report Number, both of our names (including my maiden name), our marriage date, the recording county, and the date this document was issued. There is a raised seal on the bottom from the Bureau of Vital Records in Missouri. 

I've attached a picture of the document here. 

My question is, does this suffice as a copy of our marriage certificate? Or do I need to go through the lengthy process of getting it from the issuing county office? I was trying to save us time by ordering it through the Bureau online. 

Thanks very much for your feedback and advice. 
 

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13 minutes ago, derwydd-llyn said:

My husband and I have nearly everything compiled for our I-130 application. All we were waiting on to send it off was a copy of our marriage certificate to come in the mail. We had previously moved to Ireland, and in the move, we somehow misplaced our original certificate. We know it's lying around somewhere at my husband's house in the UK, but we cannot locate it. I ordered a copy of our certificate from the website VitalChek. What I just received in the mail is a "Certified Statement Relating to Marriage." It states our Report Number, both of our names (including my maiden name), our marriage date, the recording county, and the date this document was issued. There is a raised seal on the bottom from the Bureau of Vital Records in Missouri. 

I've attached a picture of the document here. 

My question is, does this suffice as a copy of our marriage certificate? Or do I need to go through the lengthy process of getting it from the issuing county office? I was trying to save us time by ordering it through the Bureau online. 

Thanks very much for your feedback and advice. 
 

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From what I can tell, that is not a marriage license. It shows it was registered, but you need to obtain a certified copy of the Marriage license from the county recorder. I know here in vegas you can order them online for 15.00, and have them in a few days, or stop in and pick up a copy same day. I'll do a quick google search for Missouri rules.

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Here you go, not available online, only via Mail and walking into the office. 9 bucks is a good deal!

 

4. Location: Jasper County Recorder of Deeds Office, Annex II, 116 W. Second Street, Carthage, MO
    64836
(we are in the Sheriff's building--enter from the back of the building.) We are not located in the Courthouse.
5. If additonal certified, legal proof of marriage copies are needed, you may request such copies
    through written request or in person. Written requests should be sent (Jasper County Recorder of
    Deeds Office, P 0 Box 387, Carthage, MO 64836) with married parties' names, telephone number,
    address where to mail copy(ies), and either a money order or cashier's check. NO PERSONAL
    CHECKS. Cost is $9.00 each. You may also come in person to the Jasper County Recorder of Deeds
    Office, Annex II (again, we are not in the courthouse).


Telephone: 417-358-0431
Email : recorder@jaspercounty.org

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1 minute ago, Loren Y said:

Here you go, not available online, only via Mail and walking into the office. 9 bucks is a good deal!

 

4. Location: Jasper County Recorder of Deeds Office, Annex II, 116 W. Second Street, Carthage, MO
    64836
(we are in the Sheriff's building--enter from the back of the building.) We are not located in the Courthouse.
5. If additonal certified, legal proof of marriage copies are needed, you may request such copies
    through written request or in person. Written requests should be sent (Jasper County Recorder of
    Deeds Office, P 0 Box 387, Carthage, MO 64836) with married parties' names, telephone number,
    address where to mail copy(ies), and either a money order or cashier's check. NO PERSONAL
    CHECKS. Cost is $9.00 each. You may also come in person to the Jasper County Recorder of Deeds
    Office, Annex II (again, we are not in the courthouse).


Telephone: 417-358-0431
Email : recorder@jaspercounty.org

Thanks so much for the speedy response!! I appreciate it. 

I'll have to run by there tomorrow and hope it doesn't take too long to get the copy sent to me. 

Fingers crossed we can get this application sent off this week! 

Thanks!! 

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Just now, derwydd-llyn said:

Thanks so much for the speedy response!! I appreciate it. 

I'll have to run by there tomorrow and hope it doesn't take too long to get the copy sent to me. 

Fingers crossed we can get this application sent off this week! 

Thanks!! 

The phone number is on there, but I can almost guarantee you take that registration form in they will be able to find the record really quick off the number at the top, print you a few copies, certify them  and send you on the way in under 20 minuets. You shouldn't have to wait for them in the mail, you will have them in hand on your way out the door.

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You need a photocopy of an actual certified copy of your marriage certificate.  That would be a government issued documents, usually obtained from the county clerk where the marriage took place.  You would never have had an "original" of this document, because it is the property of the government entity with which the marriage was recorded.


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