Marriages

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How long does it take for me to receive the marriage certificate copy?

When requesting a Certified Copy of a Marriage Certificate, we use first class mail through the United States Postal Service, and it is usually received within two weeks.

If you have not received your request within two weeks, please contact the Recorder's Office at 775-328-3660.



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How do I get a copy of my marriage license or license application?

To clarify, a marriage license permits a couple to get married while a marriage certificate serves as proof that a marriage has taken place. For a copy of the marriage license or license application, please contact the Washoe County Clerk's Office at 775-784-7287, or online at www.washoecounty.us/clerks.

To request a copy of your marriage certificate, please complete the Marriage Certificate Request Form and submit it to the Recorder's Office via mail or fax.



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Is expediting a Marriage Certificate an option?
At the moment the Recorder's Office does not expedite Marriage Certificate requests. For more information, please call us at 775-328-3660.

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How do I get a copy of my marriage certificate?

In order to request a copy of your marriage certificate, please complete the Marriage Certificate Request Form and submit it to the Recorder's Office via mail or fax.



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Can I come to the Recorder's Office and immediately receive a copy of my Marriage Certificate?
Yes, you can come to the Recorder's Office and obtain a copy of your Marriage Certificate during that same visit. For applicable fees, see our Schedule of Fees.

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What is the process for correcting typographical errors on a Marriage Certificate?

In order to correct a spelling, typographical, or other error (NOT a name change) on a marriage certificate, an Affidavit for Correction of a Marriage Certificate must be recorded.

The Recorder's Office provides instructions for submitting an Affidavit for Correction of a Marriage Certificate.



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Has my Marriage Certificate been recorded?
Once the Marriage Certificate has been received by the Recorder's Office, the certificate is typically recorded that same day.

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What is the difference between a marriage license and certificate?
A marriage license permits a couple to get married while a marriage certificate serves as proof that a marriage has taken place. For a copy of the marriage license or license application, please contact the Washoe County Clerk’s Office at 775-784-7287, or online at www.washoecounty.us/clerks.

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Will a copy of my marriage certificate be automatically mailed to me after it’s recorded?

No, a certificate copy is not automatically mailed and must be requested. In order to request a copy of your recorded marriage certificate, please complete the Marriage Certificate Request Form and submit it to the Recorder's Office via mail or fax.