Alabama marriage records

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Marriage Certificates

How to Complete a New Marriage Certificate

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The Alabama Center for Health Statistics began filing marriage certificates in August 1936 for marriages that occurred in Alabama. (Information for marriages prior to August 1936 must be obtained from the probate office in the county where the marriage license was issued.)


By Alabama law, marriage certificates are unrestricted. They may be requested by anyone who can provide enough information to search for the record and submit payment of the proper fee.


The fee to search for a marriage certificate is $15.00, which includes one certified copy of the marriage certificate or a "Certificate of Failure to Find." For each additional copy of the certificate ordered at the same time, the fee is $6.00. Check or money order should be made payable to "State Board of Health." Please do not send cash. Fees are non-refundable. Additional fees are required for expedited service.

Information Required

Please provide as much of the following information as possible for us to locate the marriage certificate:

  • Full names before first marriage of both spouses
  • Date of marriage
  • County where marriage license was issued
  • Your name
  • Your signature
  • Address where the certificate is to be mailed
  • Your daytime phone number

How to Obtain an Existing Marriage Certificate

  • Download Mail-In Application (also available in Spanish)
  • By Mail: Send the above information and the appropriate fee to:
    Alabama Vital Records
    P.O. Box 5625
    Montgomery, Alabama 36103-5625
  • In Person in Alabama: You may go to any county health department in the State of Alabama to obtain a certified copy of an Alabama marriage certificate. Most marriage certificates can be issued while you wait. A map showing locations of county health departments where vital records may be obtained is available. View Reference Map
  • To Order a Certificate Online: You may order certificates through the service provider VitalChek using a major credit or debit card. Note that there are additional fees for using this service and for upgrading to UPS shipping. Order a Certificate Online.

Apostille and Exemplified Copies

Apostille and Exemplified copies of vital records are routinely required for foreign use. The Apostille and Exemplified copies consist of an Alabama birth, death, marriage, or divorce certificate signed by the State Registrar and an additional certification signed by the Alabama Secretary of State. Certain restrictions apply to Apostille and Exemplified copies of birth and death certificates. For more information on Apostille and Exemplified copies, view the Apostille and Exemplified page.

Not Married in Alabama

The National Center for Health Statistics has information on vital records for all states. For more information, view the Link to Other State Information page.


If you are completing a new marriage certificate, have you checked the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)? Your question may be answered there.

If you have other questions or would like information on expediting a certified copy of an existing marriage certificate, please call (334) 206-5418.

Page last updated: February 12, 2021


Document Recording

The Recording Office of the Mobile County Probate Court is located on the first floor of the Mobile County Government Center Annex building (151 Government Street), which is located next to the Mobile County Government Plaza in Downtown Mobile, Alabama. Recording windows are open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Checks on local banks, money orders, and cash are accepted forms of payment. Documents presented for recording will be returned as soon as the recording transaction is completed at the Recording window. 

To search records that have already been recorded, please login to Landmark WEB. 

Other resources:

Notary Public

Electronic Recording of Documents

On March 5, 2014, the Probate Court of Mobile County initiated the option of recording certain documents by electronic means. This service will be provided through the use of an approved vendor. Parties wishing to utilize this type recording service must first contact one of these vendors for details and procedures. The vendors and their contact information are:

Corporation Service Company
251 Little Falls Drive, Wilmington, DE 19808

eRecording Partners Network
400 Second Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN

4844 North 300 West, Provo, UT

Procedures and Information Relating to Electronic Recording of Documents
Documents received via electronic filing will be placed into a "queue" in date/time order, such to be accessed by Probate Court staff at regular intervals throughout a scheduled work day.

It is anticipated that access to a queue will be made at 8:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and at 4:00 p.m. daily. Only one queue will be worked at a time. Parties submitting documents for electronic recording should be aware of this schedule. Once a queue has been completed, that session will close until the next scheduled session opens.

Submitting a document electronically to the Probate Court does not confirm, guarantee or validate the recording of a document. The document in the queue must be reviewed by Court staff to confirm its acceptance and that the correct recording fees and taxes are being paid. If the document is accepted, verification will issue and the document will be recorded. If the document is rejected, a notice of such will issue accordingly.

The following will NOT be accepted for electronic recording.

  • Bonds
  • Condominium documents
  • Estate Claims
  • Partnerships documents
  • Corporations and LLCs documents
  • Maps
  • Wills and Codicils

Questions regarding electronic recording of documents with the Probate Court of Mobile County should be directed to the Recording Supervisor at 251-574-6043 or to one of the Assistant Recording Supervisors at 251-574-6044 or 251-574-6046.

The Probate Court appreciates feedback on any of its operations. To provide such, please e-mail same to: [email protected]

Marriage Certificates

Marriage Process -  Alabama Act 2019-340

Effective August 29, 2019, the process for entering into a legal marriage in Alabama changes, pursuant to Ala. Act 2019-340.  Under the new law, persons wishing to become married are no longer required to file an application for a marriage license with the county probate court, and the courts will no longer issue marriage licenses. Furthermore, all Alabama probate courts will now be required to record marriage certificates. The Alabama Marriage Certificate form represents a contractual agreement between the parties to the marriage, completed by both parties and delivered to the probate court for recording. Once properly completed and recorded, the marriage is valid. A wedding ceremony may be performed for the parties, but solemnization is no longer required for a recognized marriage in Alabama.

View the signed bill here:Ala.Act 2019-340

View the AG Opinion Request here:  AG Request Doc

View the AG Opinion here:AG Opinion

Alabama Marriage Certificate FAQ & Other Resources

For additional information and answers to commonly asked questions of the Court, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.) page.

Alabama Marriage Certificate Forms

For ease of reference, links to the forms & instructions are listed below:


Access to Land & Marriage Records Online

To access Land & Marriage Records, please follow the link to Landmark WEB below.
You must create a new account or log-in with your existing credentials to access records online.

Landmark WEB – Land Records & Marriage License Search

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Vital Records

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, in-person transactions will be limited at the Center for Health Statistics until further notice.

The Center for Health Statistics operates the vital records system and collects and tabulates health-related statistical data for the state of Alabama.

The Center files, stores, and issues certified copies of vital records including birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates for events that occur in Alabama. An automated vital records system called Vital Statistics Image Oriented Network or ViSION, allows vital records to be issued through all Alabama county health departments.

Customers can obtain most vital records from the Center for Health Statistics through their county health department in 30 minutes or less. Records may also be obtained through the mail in about 7-10 days.

For information on obtaining Alabama certificates, choose from the following links:

Order Certificates Online

The Center for Health Statistics does not accept online requests directly. However, for your convenience, you may request Alabama vital records online through an independent company, VitalChek Network, Inc. There are additional fees for using this service. UPS shipping is also available for most destinations for an extra charge. All major credit and debit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® or Visa®. Click on the link below to order a birth, death, marriage, or divorce certificate online:

Order a Certificate Online

Keepsake Birth Certificate

Keepsake Birth Certificates, intended only for framing and display, may now be ordered from the Center. There are three designs available, and the cost is $45.00. Learn how to place an order and view the designs on the Keepsake Birth Certificate page.

Health Statistics Data

The Statistical Analysis Division in the Center for Health Statistics also conducts studies and provides analysis of health data for public health policy and surveillance via the Health Statistics Data and Interactive Statistical Query System. Staff prepare various statistical analyses of natality, pregnancy, general mortality, infant mortality, causes of death, marriage, divorce and other demographic and health-related data for the state and its geographical regions. For more information on health-related statistical data, visit the Center for Health Statistics.

Page last updated: February 12, 2021


Alabama Public Records

Certificate Information

Vital records and statistics for Alabama are handled by the Center for Health Statistics. They collect, archive and issue certified copies of birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates. The statewide program called ViSION allow every health department in every Alabama county to also issue the same information. Online orders are handled by a 3rd party provider, VitalChek.

Birth certificates are private records for 125 years after the birth date and require proper identification and legal guardianship, representation or must be a direct family member. Death records become public record 25 years after the event. Birth and Death events are available from 1908 to present and cost $15 dollars for a certified copy, with a surcharge for a keepsake version. Download the applications below and mail to this address along with non-cash payment.

Alabama Vital Records
P.O. Box 5625
Montgomery, Alabama 36103-5625

• Vital Event Application (PDF)
• Birth or Death Certificate Correction (PDF)

Marriage certificates are available from 1936 to present while divorce certificates are only available from 1950 and onward. By Alabama law, marriage and divorce records are not private and can be obtained freely by the public. Certificate costs are $15 dollars and $6 dollars for each additional copy.

• County Registrars & Recorders

Adoption Records

All adoptions in Alabama require a new birth certificate with a legal sealing of the original. Original birth certificates are available to the adoptee upon reaching legal adult age. Biological parents have had an option to leave contact information for adoptees since 2000. Parental contact preference applications are $25.

• Birth Parent Contact Preference (PDF)

Property Records

Parcel and tax records are managed by the County Tax Assessor's Office. They are also in charge of GIS maps, real property, tax rates and can provide parcel numbers. Below are the parcel and tax assessment maps for the major counties.

• Jefferson County Tax Map Viewer
• Mobile County Tax Bill Search
• Madison County Online Maps
• Montgomery County Property Search


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