Get a Copy of a Marriage Certificate in Berks County

The Fastest Way to Get a Copy of Your Berks County Marriage Certificate

If you need a  and are searching for how to apply, the first thing you'll need to know is the difference between a marriage license and a marriage certificate so you don't search for the wrong one. A license is a document you have to obtain within 60 days of your ceremony, while the certificate is the government-issued copy you get after your ceremony to prove you're married.

In this article, we are going to cover marriage certificates, in particular. The documents you need for a marriage certificate and the information required to fill out forms will differ from a license. So, whether you're planning to request a marriage certificate yourself online or are interested in enlisting a third-party like DoNotPay to help, we've got you covered on the procedures.

What to Know Before Getting a Berks County Marriage Certificate Copy

A marriage certificate is a legal document that is essential to have on hand if you are married and want to:

  • File your taxes
  • Legally change your last name
  • Have joint health insurance
  • Apply for a loan together (auto, mortgage, etc.)
  • Get a new passport
  • Create a joint bank account

Although you always receive a copy of your marriage certificate shortly after your ceremony, there are several cases where it gets lost or misplaced. When this happens, it's time to request a new copy from your state or county government.

How Much Does a Berks County Marriage Certificate Copy Cost?

If you want to obtain copies of your marriage records, you'll be looking at the following fees:

ItemFee
Xerox copy of the application$1.00
Court-certified copy of the application$10.00
Uncertified copy of the certificate$2.00
Court-certified copy of the certificate$5.00

How to Get a Copy of Your Berks County Marriage Certificate by Yourself

Since you cannot go into the office to request and fill out a form in Berks County right now, there are other methods you should pursue instead. It is advised that you request your certificate in one of these three ways:

  1. By Email - Send your request to rwills@countyofberks.com
  2. By Phone - Call (610) 478-6600
  3. By U.S. Mail - Make checks payable to 'Register of Wills' then send it to the following address:

County of Berks

633 Court Street

ReadingPA 19601

Note that there are a few complications you can run into with any number of these methods when you choose to send the request on your own. Email and direct mail aren't easy to track to ensure your request was sent through and pending or accepted. It can also take a long time to get it back in these cases.

Furthermore, calling by phone can be a hassle because you can experience a long wait time, especially since you are restricted to office hours — which are between 8 am and 5 pm on weekdays. They are closed on holidays.

In-Person Requests Are Not Available at This Time

At this time residents are not allowed to come to the Register's Office to obtain a copy of their marriage certificate, according to the Register of Wills in Berks County, Pennsylvania. It is unclear when this will change.

How to Use DoNotPay to Get a Copy of Your Berks County Marriage Certificate

If you're tired of all the stress of getting a , enlist DoNotPay to do it for you instead. This way, all you have to do is follow a few steps, and a copy will be on its way over in no time:

  1. Go to the Certificates of Marriage product on DoNotPay.

     

  2. Select whether the certificate belongs to you or a relative/loved one. If it belongs to someone else, enter the details of both people on the certificate, and select/upload evidence that proves your relationship with them. If the certificate is yours, enter the details of your spouse.

     

  3. Enter the city, state, and county where the marriage certificate was issued as well as the date it was issued.

     

  4. Indicate what you will be using this certificate for, and choose whether you need an authorized or certified copy.

     

  5. Enter your contact information and shipping address. Upload copies of your government-issued identification, such as a driver's license.

     

  6. Choose whether you would like to electronically sign this form or not. Once we generate the form, verify that all of the information is correct.

     

  7. If you need the document to be notarized, schedule a notarization appointment using our Notary product. Otherwise, proceed to our Mail Checks product and let DoNotPay mail-in your request form with a check on your behalf.

     

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