How to Obtain Divorce Certificates in Idaho?
Long after you are divorced, you sometimes need a certified copy of your divorce certificate. Insurance companies, employers, government agencies and other businesses sometimes need to validate your identity, marital status, and name change. You will need to follow the process be-low for obtaining a copy.
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare handles copies of vital records from May 1947 up to the present. Divorce records are considered confidential for fifty years, and therefore only parties involved may request copies. If you need a copy older than 1947, you will need to visit your county courthouse where the divorce was finalized.
You can order a copy through the mail by sending along the following information to the Idaho Bureau of Vital Records.
- A certificate request form completed and signed.
- A legible copy of your valid photo ID.
- A check or money order for the fees.
You must send all of that to the address below:
Idaho Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0036
It will take approximately 2-3 weeks to process your application. Be sure to write “RUSH” on your application and the outside of your envelope if you want the paperwork faster.
You can also order the copy online by visiting the VitalChek website. You will have to pay via credit card, and there may be additional fees using this service. Online orders are processed within 5-7 days, but they also offer expedited services for additional fees.
The fee for a certified copy of your divorce certificate is $16 and an additional $10 if you want expedited service. The fees are non-refundable.
If you exhaust these other options, you can also contact your divorce attorney or that of your ex-spouse. They are legally bound to retain copies for a specific number of years. If they do not still have a copy, they can obtain one for you through the court system. Additional fees may apply if you use a lawyer to help locate your divorce record.