How to Get a Copy of Annulment Records From the Catholic Church

by Elyse James

When you go through a divorce, you are not fully considered to be divorced in the eyes of the Catholic Church until you receive an annulment. An annulment is a ruling that the marriage never actually existed based on the Church's definition of a marriage. If you have obtained an annulment and need a copy of your annulment record, you will need to contact your state's Vital Records Office to obtain copies of these documents.

Navigate to your state's Vital Records Office website using a search engine. Once you reach the website, select "divorce records" from the list of options.

Search the page contents for the address of their office. If their office is located within a suitable distance of your current location, you should visit the office in person and fill out the forms required to get your annulment certificate. However, if you are not within a suitable distance you can submit your request by mail or by fax.

Download the divorce certificate application form on their website and fill out the required information on the form. Be sure to indicate that you are requesting a copy of your annulment certificate, not a divorce certificate. If you want to send your application by fax, be sure to download the fax form and send the information to the number listed at the top of the document.

Include a personal check or money order payable to your state's Vital Records office. The amount required will be listed on your application form.

Wait until the document is mailed to you. The annulment certificate will be a photocopy of the original document.

About the Author

Elyse James began writing professionally in 2006 after deciding to pursue a career in journalism. She has written for "The Algonquin Times" as a general assignment reporter and published blogs and articles on Webcitybeat. James holds a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Ottawa.