The state of South Carolina has been an open state since the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act. This means that the residents of the state can access public records such as the South Carolina Marriage Records for whatever purpose they may need it for.
Marriage license in South Carolina are used in a number of reasons. It is an important document used by those who conduct genealogy research. The information that can be found on it is among the vital things that are needed in updating the family history tree. Such document is also used by individuals who are processing transactions with the government. One needs the document when declaring his/her property assets and dependents. Ironically, this document is important when the couple decides to separate. They may not be able to process divorce without such document.
The marriage certificate of a couple is the proof that they are legally bound for life. This document focuses on the marriage of the couple. One would know the full names of the bride and the groom along with the date and the place where the couple registered their marriage. Important information that can be found on the document is the name of the witnesses. The marriage may not be considered legal without witnesses, thus it is important to have such information documented on the file.
Marriages that were registered since July 1950 can be obtained from the office of the Vital Records Section. It would only cost $12 to get a certified copy of the document. For records that were registered since 1911-1950, the state office does not hold a copy of such records. One has to check with the office of the Probate in the county where the couple got married. Fees would vary per county.
Retrieval of the marriage license can be done by personally going to the office to file the request. The document will then be released after an hour of waiting. If going to the office is not possible, one can also send a mail request through the US Postal Services. This method may take at most 4 weeks. Additional charges may be needed to expedite the process. Now that technology is in our hands, the wait time has been eliminated thanks to the Internet.
Online retrieval of marital records is now becoming popular because of the fast paced life that the residents of South Carolina have. Not only that this method is faster than any other method, but it is also convenient since there is no need to go to any office to file the request. One just needs to fill out the online application form with all the information needed and the search can be done in just a few seconds.