A divorce certificate, which serves as the official document for annulling a marriage, falls in the category of Vital Records.
Though divorce records vary by state, in general, most divorce certificates will contain all or some the following information:
- Names of the husband and wife.
- The date of the divorce.
- The county of the divorce.
- The place of marriage.
- The number of children.
Divorce Records and the DMV
Should your marriage end in divorce you will need a divorce certificate for Changing Your Name on your vehicle’s title, driver’s license or state photo ID card. Simply showing a DMV agent a ring finger tan line where you once wore your wedding band will not suffice as proof.
Before visiting your DMV, be sure to notify the Social Security Administration (SSA) of your name change. Some DMV offices will not process a name change until it receives confirmation from the SSA. Plan accordingly. Processing with the SSA can take up to 48 hours.
The divorce certificate must be original. Most DMV offices will not accept photocopies.
Apply for a Duplicate Divorce Record
If you have lost your original divorce record, you can order a copy through the state, county or country where the legal degree was issued or through a third-party company that expedites the process.
The actual steps to follow will depend on your state and ordering method. If you go through your state's Vital Records office you, in most instances, will need to provide:
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- A completed application form. Some state Vital Record websites may offer downloadable versions.
- One or two forms of identification (this will depend on your state).
- Payment to cover duplicate divorce certificate fees.