How to Obtain Divorce Certificates in Nebraska?
Often, after you have been divorced, you need a copy of your divorce certificate to validate your marital status, identity or name change. Sometimes insurance companies, employers, and other businesses require that information. If you were divorced in Nebraska, you can obtain one by following the process below.
The state of Nebraska has retained divorce records going back to 1909, and you can obtain one through the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
Nebraska limits the people who can obtain a copy of your divorce certificate. Only you can obtain a copy of your own or a copy of your parents. Only parents and children may access divorce records of each other.
You can apply by mail by sending in an application, along with the following information and your fee payable to “Vital Records.”
- Name of the husband.
- Name of the wife.
- City or county where the divorce was granted.
- The exact date of the divorce.
- What the record is needed for.
- If you are not the party requesting, you need to explain how you are related.
- A legible, photocopy of your valid ID.
You can download the application you need here and then mail it to this address:
Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services
Division of Public Health
P.O. Box 95065
Lincoln, NE 68509-5065
If you have questions, you can call (402) 471-2871 or email the office at DHHS.VitalRecords@nebraska.gov.
You will need to pay a non-refundable fee of $16 when you apply for a certified copy. You must pay by check or money order; credit cards are not accepted.
You may also use an online service such as VitalChek to search for you and request a copy of your divorce certificate. They offer expedited service, and you can pay with a credit card.
You can also contact your original divorce attorney to obtain a copy. Lawyers must retain legal documents for a specific number of years. If they do not have yours on file, they can help you obtain one through the courts.