The official that performed your marriage ceremony will submit your marriage certificate to a county office for recording. Certified copies of that certificate are typically available ten days after your ceremony. You can personally go to the county office where you applied for your marriage license and request certified copies, or you can request your certificates on line. www.MissNowMrs.com is a site that guides brides through the name-change and marriage certificate request processes.
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Many state and U.S. government offices require a certified marriage certificate to be provided as proof of marriage before they will legally change a person’s name. Examples of the offices needing certified marriage certificates include: all state DMVs, the Social Security Administration, and the State Department (to issue a name change on a U.S. passport). In addition to government offices many banks and creditors must be sent a certified marriage certificate to allow their customers to change their names on accounts.
Certified marriage certificates will have a raised state and/or county seal on them. The seal ensures that the certificate is a legitimate copy of the original marriage certificate. If your document does not have a seal, it will not be accepted as a certified copy.
A marriage certificate is a legal document issued by the county your marriage took place in. It is proof that a marriage ceremony was conducted for the two individuals listed on the certificate.