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You should contact the clerk of the county court that issued the marriage licence in the first place.


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Can you explain why you need a copy? The license is essentially just an intention to marry, the certificate which you get after the wedding took place is the one you need to submit with the I-130.


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Hi All,

Does anyone know how to get a copy of the marriage license for the US? I have a certified, long copy of the marriage certificate (w/license no)....

Many thanks!

You need the marriage certificate for immigration.

Every state has their own marriage laws/procedures, but in general you get a license that allows you to marry. The officiant signs it after performing the marriage, that goes back to the county, the marriage is recorded in the county records, the county issues a marriage certificate that certifies the document is exact information from county marriage records. The original license is not what you need.


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Yes - we applied for the license before we got married & have the certificate, however the checklist for London DCF says they need a copy of the licence IN ADDITION to the certificate.

For all of my UK visa applications, we have only ever needed the certificate in a long form, so thats why I was asking.

I suppose I just write to the City Clerk in NYC and ask for the licence copy as well?

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Wow.... never heard of that before. Yes, I suppose the clerk would have a copy, or your celebrant, if you did't get married at City Hall.

Maybe contact a few other London DCF filers and see if they sent it in and if not, was it a major issue.


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Wow.... never heard of that before. Yes, I suppose the clerk would have a copy, or your celebrant, if you did't get married at City Hall.

Maybe contact a few other London DCF filers and see if they sent it in and if not, was it a major issue.

We got an RFE for our marriage license about 6 weeks ago. This absolutely can happen at the London DCF, I can attest to that. Contacting the clerk of the county (in the state of GA at least) was how to go about obtaining a copy. Do this ASAP, as it takes time!

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We got an RFE for our marriage license about 6 weeks ago. This absolutely can happen at the London DCF, I can attest to that. Contacting the clerk of the county (in the state of GA at least) was how to go about obtaining a copy. Do this ASAP, as it takes time!

I'm getting so stressed about this! I submitted my petition Dec 24 w/the marriage certificate (because thats all I've ever had!) I'm predicting an RFE so planning ahead but I cannot find any info online about trying to get a copy of the license! Just the certificate... we got married in MYC at city hall so I'm not sure if that makes a difference?? They have a form that you fill out to request marriage records, but I feel like all I'll get is another certified copy of the certificate for $30!

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I'm getting so stressed about this! I submitted my petition Dec 24 w/the marriage certificate (because thats all I've ever had!) I'm predicting an RFE so planning ahead but I cannot find any info online about trying to get a copy of the license! Just the certificate... we got married in MYC at city hall so I'm not sure if that makes a difference?? They have a form that you fill out to request marriage records, but I feel like all I'll get is another certified copy of the certificate for $30!

Surely there's a number you can call for the NYC city hall to inquire as to whether a copy of the license is attainable? If you find out it's not, then I would assume the Embassy knows how different states operate in the way of marriage licenses & would know whether or not one is attainable for partners married in NYC. If its not possible, I assume the Embassy would know this & would not ask.

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Why isn't there a downvote button on these forums.


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If you are already married, you can't get married again silly.

This response is completely unnecessary - and unhelpful.

I was asking about how to obtain a copy of the original marriage license as the London DCF DOES sometimes ask for this in ADDITION to the certificate.

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This response is completely unnecessary - and unhelpful.

I was asking about how to obtain a copy of the original marriage license as the London DCF DOES sometimes ask for this in ADDITION to the certificate.

I wonder if what got turned in by people asked for more was different looking...more like a church certificate. Impossible to know, but it's such an odd request. I've read it on the London website, but it's still weird to me. There is no separate license for us in my state. The license looks like a formal document with our names, date/time issued, etc. There a place for the officiant to give his name, title, signature, and the exact date and time of marriage (because of the required 72 hour wait between license and marriage). At the bottom is space for the county clerk to write in when it was recorded in the county marriage records and affix an embossed county seal to it. So what was originally the marriage license becomes "certified by the county" and is now the marriage certificate, but it's all the same piece of paper. Wondering if the rejected certificate had all that information from names, officiant signature, county clerk signature, and a county seal/embossing/official stamp (whichever is used).


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Slartibartfast.

(misread)

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You said you were married, but wanted to apply for a marriage licence.

You either misread the OP or didn't fully comprehend what they said.

Read it again, it clearly states that the OP is seeking to find a copy of their marriage licence for which they already have the marriage certificate.

Don't blame me, because you didn't have the skills to write clearer.

The irony.

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13 (5/5/12) Received biometrics appointment for 5/23
15 (5/7/12) Did an unpleasant walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX
45 (6/7/12) Received email & text notification of an interview on 7/10
67 (6/29/12) EAD production ordered
77 (7/9/12) Received EAD
78 (7/10/12) Interview
100 (8/1/12) I-485 transferred to Vermont Service Centre
143 (9/13/12) Contacted DHS Ombudsman
268 (1/16/13) I-360, I-485 consolidated and transferred to Dallas
299 (2/16/13) Received second interview letter for 3/8
319 (3/8/13) Approved at interview
345 (4/3/13) I-360, I-485 formally approved; green card production ordered
353 (4/11/13) Received green card

 

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You said you were married, but wanted to apply for a marriage licence.

In the US that would be a crime of bigamy. Don't blame me, because you didn't have the skills to write clearer.

The USA government does not keep records of marriage certificates, nor licences for past marriages. If that is what you are asking.

Everything is done state-wide only. As far as I know, no state has copies of marriage licences. You would have to contact the respective state health department for that inquiry. Though I have never heard of it here.

Hope this post wasn't "unnecessary and uncalled for"...

Edit-A quick search on google says that some cities or counties in some states may keep a copy on record. Wherever it is that you got married, that is. That would be my first try then. As I doubt the State will have this.

You might want to try going back and reading the original posts.

He never said he wanted to apply for a license. He asked "how to get a copy of the marriage license" - since when does 'get a copy' translate to 'apply for a new one'?

And the State health department has nothing to do with marriages. In most states it is the local clerk of court or city hall which is exactly who, in a subsequent post, he was trying to contact.


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