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How to Request a Copy of a Certificate of Witness to Marriage Abroad (filed before November 9, 1989)

Who may request a copy of this document:

  • The individual(s) whose marriage is recorded on the document
  • A legal guardian of the individual(s) whose marriage is recorded on the document
  • A person who obtains written authorization from the individual(s) whose marriage is recorded on the document

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How to Request a Copy of a Certificate of Witness to Marriage Abroad

1. Submit a notarized written request which must include all of the following information for both subjects of the marriage:

  •     Full names
  •     Dates and place of marriage
  •     Signature of requester (s)
  •     A photocopy of passport information (e.g. full name, passport number, date of birth, place of birth, date of issuance and expiration, issuing authority)
  •     Return address and telephone number

2. Submit a copy of requester’s valid photo identification (e.g. driver's license)

3. Send a $50.00 check or money order for each copy requested

  • Make payable to "U.S. Department of State"
  • Include a complete mailing address on the check
  • The Department is not responsible for cash lost in the mail

4. Mail the notarized request, copy of valid ID, and payment to:

            U.S. Department of State
            Passport Vital Records Section
            44132 Mercure Cir.
            PO Box 1213
            Sterling, VA 20166-1213

  • PLEASE NOTE: If your request is not notarized or does not include a copy of the requester's valid ID, it will be delayed. 
  • 1-2 Day Delivery
    If you want your records returned to you in 1-2 days include an additional $15.89 check or money order.
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How to Request an Apostille on your Consular Document

Apostilles are specialized certificates attached to your consular documents. If you need an apostille to satisfy foreign document requirements, you must submit a notarized request and a copy of a valid state-issued ID (e.g. driver's license) to the address listed below. If you already have a consular document issued within the last five years, you don't need to pay for the apostille. In addition to the Certificate of Witness to Marriage, you can request other consular documents for $50 per copy:

You must ensure that the country for intended use is a member of the Hague Convention of October 5, 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents.  

Please send your notarized request and fee (if necessary) to:

    U.S. Department of State
    Passport Vital Records Section
    44132 Mercure Circle
    PO Box 1213
    Sterling, VA 20166-1213

Check Status

To check the status of your request, call 202-485-8300.