Vital records are among the most important legal documents around. In fact, almost any official transaction will require the presentation of some kind of vital document, whether it’s a birth certificate, death report, or a divorce decree. In the Empire State, New York Divorce Records are accessible through the state’s certification unit of the Vital Records Section office. Civilians who require a certified copy of their own divorce record must visit the state office to submit their request.
Obtaining copies of vital reports is not that difficult, if you know which office to approach. For those who have never filed a request for public records access, the entire process may seem daunting. I mean, no one wants to fill up long request forms or questionnaires and having to drive all the way to the state or county office to submit the form. It’s a tedious task, to be quite honest. But the government is doing its best to make the process as convenient and practical as possible.
Getting a certified copy of a particular divorce record will take you back thirty bucks per copy, according to my last research. To be sure, you can contact the state office for the latest fees. The certification unit of the state’s Vital Records Section maintains state divorce records from January of 1963 all the way to the present. If you are after a divorce report that was filed in New York City, you will need to visit the city clerk for more information on the matter.
If the state office can’t locate the divorce certificate you requested, you may have to contact the county clerk in the county where the divorce was granted. Processing fees and procedures may vary between each county, so you should do a little research or visit the New York State official website for more information. The webpage contains contact numbers and additional details pertaining to the 62 counties in the state of New York.
For older divorce documents, you may have to visit the State Archives office of the New York Department of Education. The New York State Archives office maintains divorce reports in the state since 1847. During that time, divorce proceedings in the state of New York were exclusively handled by the Supreme Court for the county where the divorce was originally filed and heard. Dissolution of marriages that were granted between the years 1787 and 1847 is also available at the State Archives office.
If you want a more convenient and cost-efficient way to access public divorce records, you can always go online instead of visiting government offices. Nowadays, there are many different online record providers you can turn to for all your vital document needs. For a measly one-time membership fee, you can have unlimited access to a well-maintained and comprehensive collection of state vital documents, from birth certificates to divorce decrees. Public records from all fifty states, including some of the US territories are just a click away. You won’t even have to get up off your couch to access your neighbor’s marital history if you wanted to.
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