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How to Find Nebraska Marriage Records

Nebraska marriage records refer to all available information about the social and legal contract which binds two individuals together as a couple in a domestic relationship in the state. As a result of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling of June 26, 2015, Nebraska started recognizing same-sex marriages and offer records of these unions.

Are Nebraska Marriage Records Available to the Public?

While Nebraska marriage records fall under public records by definition, they are not readily available to members of the public. In Nebraska, marriage records are composed of marriage licenses and marriage certificates.

A marriage license obtained in Nebraska is on the public record, so the names of the couple will be available to the public. However, a certified copy of a marriage license is not. It may only be obtained upon the establishment of a relationship to the couple named on the license, the provision of a copy of a valid photo ID, and the payment of all applicable fees.

A Nebraska marriage certificate is not considered public information and a copy can only be obtained by either of the persons named on the certificate and their children. A representative of the couple, with legal authorization, is also eligible to obtain a copy.

Family Court records can include marriage records and divorce records. These records contain personal information of those involved and their maintenance is critical should anyone involved wish to make changes. Because of this both marriage and divorce records can be considered more difficult to locate and obtain than other public records, and may not be available through government sources or third party public record websites.

What is a Nebraska Marriage Record?

A Nebraska marriage record is all the available documents that provide authentication of a marriage between two individuals in the state. The records will provide information detailing the establishment of the union between the individuals. The State Department of Health and Human Services records all marriages enacted in the state since 1909. Records prior to this date are available from Nebraska County Clerk’s Offices that issued the associated marriage licenses.

Both government websites and organizations may offer divorce and marriage records. Similarly, third party public record websites can also provide these types of records. But because third party organizations are not operated or sponsored by the government, record availability may vary. Further, marriage and divorce records are considered highly private and are often sealed, meaning availability of these types of records cannot be guaranteed.

What is a Nebraska Marriage Certificate?

A Nebraska marriage certificate is a government-issued document that provides verification that two individuals (named on the certificate), having satisfied all requirements, are legally married. A Nebraska marriage certificate will contain the following information:

  • Names of the two individuals (spouses)
  • Location of the marriage ceremony
  • Date of the marriage ceremony
  • Name of the official who performed the marriage
  • Names of witnesses

In Nebraska, marriage certificates are typically obtained from the Vital Records Office of the Department of Health and Human Services.

What is a Nebraska Marriage License?

A Nebraska marriage license is a document that authorizes a couple (named on the license) to get married in the state. Obtaining a marriage license represents approval for the prospective couple to enter a union that will be registered in the state and be legally recognized. Obtain a Nebraska marriage license from any County Clerk Office in the state.

How to Change Your Name After Marriage in Nebraska

Parties in Nebraska can change their name after marriage by first locating their marriage license. Parties must update their social security records upon changing their name after marriage. They can do this by visiting or writing to a Social Security Administration (SSA) office in the state. The SSA will require the requesting party to fill out an application form, provide proof of identity, and submit a copy of their marriage certificate.

Once the name change has gained approval, they can update their driver's license information by visiting any local Nebraska Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office around them. They will need to notify the state's DMV within 60 days of changing their name and bring a valid ID, a copy of their marriage certificate, and two documents they can use to verify their address. In addition, the DMV will provide an Operators License Data ID form to fill.

Nebraska Formal Marriage License

A formal marriage license is the typical marriage license that provides approval for two individuals to get married. In Nebraska, a marriage license must be obtained before two individuals can get married in the state. A marriage license obtained in Nebraska is only valid in the state.

Nebraska Common-Law Marriage License

Common-law marriage defines a situation where two individuals live together and present themselves as a married couple, without obtaining a marriage license or performing a wedding ceremony. By legislative enactment, a common-law marriage purportedly entered in the State of Nebraska is not valid; unless entered prior to 1923. Since 1923, common-law marriages have been prohibited in the state. Therefore, Nebraska no longer provides common-law marriage licences.

A common-law marriage will only be recognized, in the State of Nebraska, if the couple that claims to be in a common-law marriage previously lived in a state in which it was valid.

How Do I Obtain a Nebraska Marriage License?

Obtain a Nebraska marriage license from any County Clerk’s Office in the state. To apply for and receive a marriage license, both applicants must be of legal age, i.e. 19 years. Eligible applicants under 19 years must be 17 years or older and must present written and notarized consents from their parents or legal guardians. Persons under 17 years are not eligible to receive a marriage license in Nebraska.

The fee for a marriage license is $25, due at the time of the application. There is a $9 fee for the certification of the license. A certified marriage license will be mailed to the couple if the fee is paid.

Both individuals applying for a license must be present to make the application and each of them must fill out a marriage worksheet. When applying for a marriage license, applicants will be required to provide:

  • Valid government-issued photo IDs (Driver’s license, Nebraska state ID, Military ID, or passport)
  • Proof of age (Certified birth certificate; A foreign birth certificate must be accompanied by a translated & notarized copy)

Applicants who have been previously married must provide the date the previous marriage ended. There is no waiting period before getting married, and applicants are not required to submit to a blood test.

To request a copy of a marriage license issued in the State of Nebraska, submit a request to the agency maintaining the record. A certified copy of a marriage license will typically cost $9.

For marriage licenses issued prior to 1913, contact the Nebraska State Historical Society.

For marriage licenses issued between 1909 and June 1976, contact the Vital Records Office of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

For marriage licenses issued from June 1976 till present, contact the Clerk of the County where the license was issued.

How Do I Obtain a Nebraska Marriage Certificate?

Obtain a copy of a certified Nebraska marriage certificate from the Department of Health and Human Services. The Vital Records Office of the DHHS has a register of all marriages occurring in the state since 1909.

Contact the Clerk of the County where the licenses were issued, for certificates prior to this date. There is a $16 fee for obtaining a Nebraska marriage certificate, which can be paid in cash, by check, or by money order. A request for a Nebraska marriage certificate can be made online, by mail, or in person.

When submitting a mail request, send it to:

Vital Records Office
Department of Health and Human Services
P.O. Box 95065
Lincoln, NE 68509-5065

Include a completed Application For Certified Copy Of Marriage Certificate form, along with a check or money order for the fee (made payable to the Vital Records Office), a copy of a valid photo ID, and a stamped self-addressed envelope.

Make an in-person request by taking a completed Application For Certified Copy Of Marriage Certificate form, the complete payment fee (cash is acceptable for in-person requests), and a valid photo ID to:

Office of Vital Records
1033 O Street
Suite 130
Lincoln, NE 68508-3621