How to Obtain Divorce Certificates in Arizona?
Often, after you are divorced, you are required to provide paperwork verifying the divorce, your name change or identity. You can obtain a copy from the state of Arizona in the following manner.
Marriage and divorce certificates are not handled by the department of health and human services vital records office anymore but are now managed by the court system.
You must contact the court clerk’s office where your divorce was finalized to obtain a copy. You may show up in person and pay the fees with a credit card.
You may also request copies through the mail by sending a request, along with the fee and the following information:
- The case number.
- Names of the people involved in the divorce.
- Which specific documents you want copies of (just the divorce decree or copies of the settlement paperwork and child custody information).
- The date of the divorce.
- Your name, phone number, and email contact information.
If you are unable to supply all of this information, you will have to pay a $28 search fee on top of the copy fees.
If you mail in your request, you will be contacted via email or phone with a fee assessment. You may pay the fees with a money order, debit or credit card.
Your request should be processed within ten to fifteen days.
There is a fifty cents per pay copy fee along with a $28 fee to certify the copy. There may also be a $7 postage and handling fee assessed as well.
You also have the option of requesting a copy of your divorce decree by phone. When you call be sure to have the following information handy:
- The case number.
- Names of parties involved in the divorce.
- Which documents you want a copy of.
- The date of divorce.
- Contact information so the office can reach you with any questions.
If you cannot use the methods above, you can contact either your or your ex-spouse’s attorney for a copy. They may have one on hand.