How to Get a Certified Copy of Your Divorce Decree

Obtaining a certified copy of your divorce decree, or divorce papers, requires visiting the office in your state that handles vital records such as birth certificates and marriage licenses. This exact title of this office varies from state to state, but it is usually a sub-section of the department of human services.


1. Use an internet search engine or telephone book to obtain the address of the vital records office in your state. If the marriage or divorce took place in another state than you currently reside in, you’ll need to visit the vital records office in that state.

2. Visit the vital records office and speak to a records clerk. Inform them that you need a certified copy of your divorce decree (divorce papers). They will ask you to fill out a form containing questions about your marriage and divorce. This information is required in order  to locate your divorce decree.

3. Turn in the completed form to the records clerk. Depending upon the state that you live in, you may be required to pay a small fee to obtain a copy of your divorce decree.

4. Wait for you divorce decree to arrive in the mail. Some states may provide you with this information immediately, but it is a common practice for divorce decrees to be mailed. If you don’t receive your decree within two weeks, check with the records office to clear up any problems.


Make sure that you bring all of the information pertaining to your marriage and divorce to the vital records office. It is also important that this information is accurate or you may have trouble obtaining a copy of the papers that you need.

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