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A picture of two marriage rings.

Valerie has met clients that are not sure if they are actually married or not. This may be because:

(a) their memory has faded;

(b) the marriage happened long ago;

(c) they are currently having cognitive issues;

(d) they had cognitive issues at the time of the marriage such as being impaired by

alcohol or drugs; and/or

(e) the marriage occurred in an informal fashion such as a drive through wedding

in Las Vegas.

If you think you may have been married in B.C. , you can order a certified photocopy of a marriage event registration from Vital Statistics.

Only you can order the Marriage Search Certificate. No one can order this on your behalf.

You must be 15 years of age or older to apply.

The form is currently called an Application for Genealogical Search of Marital Records (VSA 430G).

The government agent will search their records from the time you were 15 years old until the date on your certificate.

Once you complete the form, you can mail it to Vital Statistics Agency, P.O. Box 9657, Station Provincial Government , Victoria, BC V8W 9P3 with your cheque for $50.00 made payable to the Minister of Finance or you can take your completed form to any Service BC counter and pay in person by Interac or cash.

It usually takes 2 to 5 business days to process your application. Your Marriage Search Certificate will be mailed to you. Courier delivery is not currently available. Your Marriage Search Certificate may indicate you were never married in B.C. from the time you were 15 years of age to the date on the Certificate.

If your Marriage Search Certificate indicates your were married, it will reveal the date of your marriage and the place of your marriage. It will, however, not provide the name of your spouse as this is confidential information.

Valerie has also helped clients who do not know the name of the person they married. If you need help with finding out this information or if, in fact, you were actually married, call Valerie M. Little Law Corporation today at 604-526-3333.

Ms. Little assists clients throughout Metro Vancouver, including New Westminster, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Langley, Surrey, Aldergrove, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, White Rock, Richmond, Delta, Ladner, Squamish, and Whistler.


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