North Dakota Marriage Records

Enter a first and/or last name to search North Dakota marriage records. This website was created to provide genealogists with access to the North Dakota marriage records from a single place. Additional information on how to obtain North Dakota marriage certificates is available below.

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North Dakota marriage records

Marriage records contain information about the marriage of two people, including the date of marriage, place of marriage, sometimes the names of the mothers and fathers, and even the people who witnessed the marriage. Marriage certificates issued by state and local governments will often include the place of residences, and perhaps even the maiden names of the mothers.

This webpage gives you access to all of the online databases containing North Dakota marriage records, North Dakota marriage licenses, North Dakota marriage indexes, North Dakota marriage announcements, and other related North Dakota genealogy records.

Marriage records have long been used to help with genealogy research. They are considered to be "primary source" records, because the information is recorded by an eye witness, at the time the marriage takes place. The Internet has allowed people to store marriage records into various online archives. This has brought access to online marriage records much more easier for genealogy researchers.

Newspapers frequently publish notices of marriages, and in addition to marriage certificates, are a popular source of research by genealogists.

On this page you will find the most comprehensive databases containing marriage records of North Dakota. We also suggest searching for "North Dakota marriage records" using, which will yield all such databases.

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How to Obtain North Dakota Marriage Certificates

A state law passed in 1893 made it mandatory to file vital records with township clerks. It was repealed in 1895 but re-enacted in 1899. The State Department of Vital Records was eventually formed in 1923, and all copies of prior birth and death information were required to be sent there. Marriage records generally dating from county organization can be obtained from the county judge of the county where the license was issued. Only marriage records after 1 July 1925 are on file at the Division of Vital Records in Bismarck.

For birth and death records from 1 July 1893 to present and marriage records from 1 July 1925 to present, write:

Division of Vital Records
State Department of Health
600 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, North Dakota 58505-0200

For prior records, write to the clerk of the county in question.

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