How to Obtain Divorce Certificates in North Dakota?
Occasionally long after you have been divorced, you need a copy of your divorce certificate for legal, insurance or employment purposes. This certificate can validate your identity, name change or marital status. If you were divorced in North Dakota, you can obtain one using the process below.
The North Dakota Department of Health Division of Vital Records does not handle divorce records, only birth, death, and marriage. Therefore in order to obtain a copy, you must contact the county courthouse clerk’s office for a copy of your divorce certificate.
You will need to visit the courthouse where your divorce was granted, and you can locate yours here. Then you will need to fill out the application and pay the fees. You will need the fol-lowing information for them to search and find your record:
- Your name, address, and phone number.
- The full names of both husband and wife.
- Maiden names if applicable.
- The case or docket number for the divorce.
- The date of the divorce.
- The county where the divorce took place.
Processing time is usually 3- 5 business days, but you can request expedited processing of your copy.
Fees vary by county, and the court clerk will let you know how much you need to pay for the regular copy or an expedited copy. You may pay the fees by personal check or money order made out to court clerk’s office.
You can also use a third-party website like VitalChek to search for and obtain your divorce certificate. They take credit cards and offer expedited services. They may charge additional processing fees, but you may have better luck getting your copies quicker.
Another option is to contact your original divorce lawyer and get a copy from them. They are required by law to keep legal documents for some number of years. If they don’t have yours on file, they can get a copy for you through the court system. You may have to pay legal fees on top of the copy fees if you use this method.