How to Obtain Divorce Certificates in Maryland?
Often you need to verify your marital status, name change or identity and one way to do that is a copy of your divorce certificate. If you were divorced in Maryland, you should follow the pro-cess below to obtain a copy. Copies can be used in legal issues, with employers, insurance matters as well as other business purposes.
The Maryland Department of Health only offers divorce verification for divorce records after 1992. If you need a certified copy of your full divorce certificate, you will need to contact the district court where your divorce was finalized.
Only specific people can access your divorce record, and they include:
- Either spouse.
- An authorized representative of either spouse.
- An attorney representing either spouse.
First, you will need to download the application for a copy here and then deliver it completed in person to the court clerk’s office or mail it in. You will need the following information:
- Husband’s name.
- Wife’s name.
- Date of divorce.
- Location of divorce.
- The case number of the original divorce.
- The number of copies needed.
- Your name, address, and phone number.
You will then need to mail the completed form with a copy of your photo ID along with payment to:
State of Maryland
350 Rowe Blvd.
Annapolis, MD 21401
There is a $35 non-refundable fee due with your application, regardless if they find your file or not. If they do not find your file, you will be notified in writing. The fees can be paid by check, money order or credit card. You can make your check out to “Maryland State Archives.”
You also have the option of using an online service like VitalChek to search for your divorce records and request a copy of the certificate that way. They offer expedited service (for addi-tional fees), and you can pay with a credit card. One other way to obtain a copy is to contact your original divorce lawyer and get a copy from them. They are legally bound to keep a copy on-hand for some time.