The State of Oklahoma Marriage Records are maintained at the County Clerk of Court where the marriage occurred. Oklahoma does not follow what other states do with their public records wherein they have a central repository for them. Fortunately, marriage records are deemed as part of the public domain and any member of the public can place a request for them. Marriage records are the only legal documents accepted by any government body to prove the validity of a marriage. If a marriage record is not yet finalized, a marriage is still considered incomplete.
Before a marriage ceremony can be carried out, a couple must secure a marriage license from the court. The couple must appear at the court at the same time at the time of the application. The legal age for marriage is 18 years old and if one of the couple has not reached that age yet, the parents must show up too and sign a consent form. If you have been married in the past, you need to present your finalized divorce record. And if in some states licenses are good for 90 days, in Oklahoma they are only good for 10 days and can only be used within the state. Normally, copies of marriage licenses are given only to the couple and their legal representatives.
If you want to place a request for the records, you should at least know the full name of the husband or the wife and the year when the marriage occurred. If you are unable to state the exact year, you can specify the years that you want to be searched. The more information you can provide, the better the chances will be of locating the correct records and doing it in less time as well.
There are specific fees for the records and they vary on which county you are requesting them from. All fees are payable by money order or a certified check. All fees paid are non-refundable even if the records are not found. You also need to present a valid ID that is issued by the government.
If you go over the Internet, you can find that there are also private-owned sites that offer access to marriage files. There is no need to worry about legality issued because such sites have the approval of the court to provide the files to any person who requests for them. Such sites are categorized into two types: those that render fees and those that do not. Both types can get you access to the basic details regarding a marriage file which include the names of the bride and the groom, their place of residence, and the date and location where their marriage transpired. Just to make sure, perform a background check on the site you intend to use and find out if they are a credible source or not. Read the user reviews because reveal whatever feedbacks other customers have on certain sites.
A Free Marriage License Search can also be done through online search tools. There are search tools that are capable of letting you search the databases of the whole country. If you find one, look for the search box which is usually found on the home page. Enter whatever it is you know about the license record and just wait for the search results to appear on your screen.