Utah Marriage Records Index, 1900-1996
The Utah Marriage Records Index contains 546,947 marriage records that range from the year 1900 up to 1996. These marriage records come from the Utah Department of Health and Human Services and the Utah State Archives. To get additional information regarding the Utah Marriage Records Index, visit the Utah Department of Health and Human Services Vital Records Service and Utah State Archives.
Information Available In This Collection
The Utah Marriage Records Index is the collection of marriage licenses and certificates and will include the full name of the groom and the bride, as well as the date of the marriage, county or city where the marriage took place, and the certificate number, unless only a partial marriage record is available, as is sometimes the case with older marriage licenses.
About the Utah Department of Health and Human Services and Utah State Archives
The Utah Department of Health and Human Services operates the vital records offices, which houses all marriage licenses from 1978 to the present. For older marriage licenses, the Utah Marriage Records Index delved into the Utah State Archives to access marriage certificates dating back to 1900.
Utah started requiring that marriages be recorded with the state government after 1887, mostly in order to prevent polygamy, which often occurred in Utah prior to that point. The Edmunds-Tucker Act of 1887 required the civil record of every marriage within Utah to be recorded with local probate courts. The marriage license had to be obtained from the probate court in the bride's county of residence before a marriage would be considered legal.
The Utah State Archives stores marriage licenses and certificates by county and then in numerical order by license number. These documents are physically stored in the research center for available to the public. Limited marriage records are also available online through the Utah State Archives.
Utah marriage records can be found through the Utah State Archives, as well as through the Utah Department of Health and Human Services. Contact either office using the information below in order to obtain copies of marriage licenses and certificates. You can order a marriage record online through the Utah Department of Health and Human Services or request a copy by mail.
Utah State Archives
300 South Rio Grande
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Utah Department of Health and Human Services Vital Records Service
Office of Vital Records and Statistics
288 North 1460 West
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
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