What You Need to Prove That You Are Married
How to prove that you are married — so you can change your name, so you can add a spouse to your insurance, for voter registration? Get a marriage certificate, (sometimes called a marriage record). You get it from the county in which you got married.
It will not automatically come to you — you must fill out another form and make another payment (it’s government). Rev. Phil does not get a copy — so he can not send you one.
Tip: order copies of your marriage certificate/record at the same time as you apply for your marriage license.
It’s typically about $14 for first one and $4 for every one ordered at the same time. Order a bunch of copies – it’s cheaper, you’ll need them. It’s not legally binding to make a Xerox of one. It has to have the county’s seal embossed in the paper.
You can order it later (i.e. if you did not order at the time you applied for your marriage license). You can apply for it by mail, sometimes online. Unlike your marriage license, you do not need to appear in person.
It typically takes 4-6 weeks after your wedding to receive. It’s all up to the county. But you will never get it if you don’t apply for it and, most importantly to the county, pay for it.
When you go to the driver’s license facility to get an updated driver’s license, remember to update your voter registration (or register to vote if you have not done so.) Failure to do so will mean you can not vote in the next election.
Click on the county you got married in for marriage certificate/record info: