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

Vital Records Office Operations in Response to COVID-19

You should expect delays for pending and recently submitted requests to the Vital Records Office due to public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are currently in Phase 2 of our three phase reopening plan. 

Phase 1: A limited number of our staff will return to the office to work on processing our large backlog of mail and create new cases. Mail will be processed on a first in, first out basis, with the oldest requests done first. You will experience delays in processing times due to public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You may want to consider waiting to apply until normal operations resume.

Phase 2: Most of our staff will return to the office. We will focus on processing cases on a first in, first out basis, prioritizing our oldest cases. Delays will continue.

Phase 3: We will adjust to our new normal for operations. As we maintain health measures to protect our staff, we expect that service delays for certain products will remain due to work practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

As a reminder, all phases are fluid and can be quickly changed due to local public health conditions.

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. Additional copies are $50.00 each.

  • Make payable to "U.S. Department of State"
  • Include a complete mailing address on the check
  • Checks and money orders must be payable in U.S. dollars through a U.S. bank
  • 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 $17.13 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 or email VitalRecordsPublicInquiries@state.gov