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Virginia Marriage Records Grab A Free Copy Online

By Claire Dowell

Known by many other names like the Old Dominion and the Mother of States, Virginia is one of the places in the US where the Freedom of Information Act is strictly followed. Thus, it is not difficult to obtain public records in the state. Whether the search is for a genealogy project, updating personal files or verifying an applicant’s background, residents find it easy to get the information they need in Virginia. So if, for example, you want to request for access to Virginia marriage records, the first thing you need to do is find the right authority or agency to approach.

The Division of Vital Records is the agency tasked with keeping and managing public records like marriage dossiers. It has copies of marriage dossiers from January 1853, the year 1918, as well as current records. Each request requires a fee equivalent to $12. Your payment should be either in the form of personal check or money order. The office is strict in its policy of not accepting cash payments.

For records that were not filed during the years indicated above, you can visit the Clerk of Court of the county or city where the marriage happened. Therefore, you should know exactly where the marriage license was given. The fees vary according to the city or county where you file the request.

Keep in mind, though, that Virginia does not open all public records to the public. It is only 50 years after the marriage took place that a record is considered public information. If you request for current records, you can only get them if you are the next of kin of the record owner. Additionally, for residents of West Virginia, it is also possible to obtain marriage dossiers from the Archives of the Division of Culture and History.

Obtaining public dossiers with the help of government or state offices may require you to sit back and wait for a couple of days or weeks. This is standard procedure in such offices. So if you’re running against time, you’ll want to go with a faster and more efficient option. This is what independent online record providers are for. They have a comprehensive public records database that’s online 24/7, so you can access the dossiers anytime and any day of the week. The kind of service that they offer is one of the highest standards. They’re trained to do no less. So the results will come out after only a matter of minutes; not days or weeks. Simply type in the record details on the search and click some, and after a few minutes, the record will come out (unless it’s not available for one reason or another).

Although you can find record providers that offer their services for free, the most reliable ones are those that require you to pay a minimal fee. No worries, though, as this fee is paid once only, not everytime you make a request for a marriage record as government and state offices are wont to do. Again, this is a one-time payment only. And this small fee gives you a bundle of rewards in return, specifically unlimited access to their comprehensive database. As such, you’ll have all the time in the world to find all the public records you need – without worrying about spending a single dollar!

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