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How to Find Marriage Records in Arizona

Marriage Records in Arizona

Marriage records contain basic information about the married couple. This information includes the names of the couple, the date of the marriage, and the place of the marriage. Some marriage records also include the names of the mothers and fathers of the couple. Additionally, some records contain the names of the official witnesses to the marriage. Some governmental marriage records contain the maiden names of the mothers of the bride and groom as well as the place of residence of the married couple.

A marriage record should not be confused with the following: a marriage license, a marriage announcement, or a marriage index. The marriage license is the legal document that was issued to the couple that was married. The marriage announcement is the public listing of the wedding, in many cases, in a published newspaper.

A marriage index is simply a list of the marriages within a specific location, usually an entire state. Typically, such an index includes the names of the bride and groom, the date of the marriage, the name of the county in which the marriage occurred, and either the file number of the license or the volume and page name for a register listing as well as the location of the marriage record.

In Arizona, marriage records must be obtained from the county courthouse office. It is necessary to contact the Clerk of Superior Court at the local county courthouse where the records are kept. Call 602-364-1300 to obtain record lookup fees and the cost of certified copies of official vital records.

For a successful search for the marriage records that you are trying to locate, follow these steps:
1. Print or type each name and address clearly to avoid confusion. This includes the full name of both the husband and the wife. The maiden name should be included for the wife. Include nicknames and alternate spellings that may have been used, but list them as such.
2. Keep your request brief and to the point.
3. Limit your request to one marriage record.
4. Include the full address of the individuals at the time of the marriage, including street, city or town, and state. If you know the county in which the marriage took place, include that as well.
5. Include the date that the marriage occurred. If you do not know the date, include a time frame for the search. Generally, it is best to specify a short span of years for an unknown year search. You can always expand the number of years that you search, and a shorter span will lead to a shorter search. You can expect to pay an additional fee for searches such as this that require more effort.
6. Include contact information where you can be reached in the event that more information is required. Include a telephone number, fax number, or an e-mail address.
7. Include your relationship to the individuals listed in your search request.
8. Include the reason for your request.
9. Print your name clearly and sign your request. Some states may also require additional identifying information on you as well. Therefore, you may want to include your driverís license number.
10. Include a SASE, or self addressed stamped envelope with your request for a speedier delivery.
11. Include the date that you mail your request with your correspondence.

To obtain a copy of a marriage record, contact the Clerk of Superior Court in the specific county office where the marriage license was issued. Remember to provide as much accurate information as you have available on the subject of the search, sufficient contact information for yourself, and the required fee. Providing the necessary information will speed the process up considerably.

A list of the local county courthouse addresses and telephone numbers for Arizona is provided below in alphabetical order.

Apache County
Apache County Clerk
P.O. Box 365
Saint Johns, AZ 85936
Telephone: (928) 337-4364

For birth/death records:
Office of Vital Records
2727 West Glendale Ave PO Box 3887
Phoenix, AZ 85030-3887
Telephone: (602) 364-1300
Fax: (602) 249-3040

Cochise County
Cochise County Clerk
P.O. Box CK
Bisbee, AZ 85603
Telephone: (520) 432-9364

Coconino County
Coconino County Clerk
100 E. Birch Ave.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001-4625
Telephone: (928) 779-6536

Gila County
Gila County Clerk
1400 E. Ash St.
Globe, AZ 85501-1414
Telephone: (520) 425-3231

Graham County
Graham County Clerk
800 W. Main St.
Safford, AZ 85546-2829
Telephone: (520) 428-3310

Greenlee County
Greenlee County Clerk
Webster Street
Clifton, AZ 85533-1027
Telephone: (928) 865-3872

La Paz County
La Paz County Clerk
P.O. Box 730
Parker, AZ 85344
Telephone: (520) 669-6131

Maricopa County
Maricopa County Clerk
201 West Jefferson
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Telephone: (602) 506-3360

Mohave County
Mohave County Clerk
401 East Spring Street
Kingman, AZ 86401-0003
Telephone: (928) 753-9141

Navajo County
Navajo County Clerk of the Superior Court
P.O. Box 668
Holbrook, AZ 86025
Telephone: (928) 524-6161

Pima County
Pima County Clerk
150 W. Congress St. Rm 194
Tucson, AZ 85701-1707
Telephone: (520) 740-8522

Pinal County
Pinal County Clerk
P.O. Box 827
Florence, AZ 85232-0827
Telephone: (520) 868-6000

Santa Cruz County
Santa Cruz County Clerk
P.O. Box 1265
Nogales, AZ 85628-1265
Telephone: (520) 287-2221

Yavapai County
Yavapai Clerk of Superior Court
Prescott, AZ 86301-3803
Telephone: (928) 771-3100

Yuman County
Yuman County Clerk of the Court
198 S Main Street
Yuma, AZ 85364
Telephone: (928) 329-2170

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