The Georgia Department of Public Health, Vital Records, is a state office, but it does not issue divorce records. Rather, this office provides a search service to verify the existence of Georgia divorce records. To receive a certified copy of a Georgia divorce certificate, the Clerk of the Superior Court in the county where the dissolution of marriage was granted must be contacted. Request forms for certified Georgia divorce record copies, as well as for verification search requests, may be obtained from Vital Records.
As the requestor of a certified copy of a Georgia divorce record, or verification that it exists, you must supply the correctly spelled full names of both parties as well as complete all of the other required information on the request form. Each verification of a Georgia divorce from Vital Records is currently $10. The fee applies whether or not the record is located. Remember that to actually receive the record, you will have to contact the County Clerk of Courts in the county where the divorce occurred. There will be an additional fee and the amount will depend on what the county court charges.
A money order or check made payable to Vital Records is an acceptable form of payment for the verification fee. Cash is not allowed on mail requests. You should note that the The Georgia Department of Public Health, Vital Records, is only able to confirm statewide divorces from June 9, 1952 to the present. If you require either verification on Georgia divorce records before that date or certified copies of these documents, contact the County Clerk of the Superior Court in the county where the dissolution of marriage was granted.
Georgia Department of Public Health
2600 Skyland Drive
Atlanta, GA 30319-3640
Hours: Monday to Friday 8am – 4:30pm (Hours are subject to change.)
The verification service offered by the Georgia Department of Public Health, Vital Records, can be useful in dating background checks to confirm that a dissolution of marriage was legally granted. If you require a certified copy of your Georgia divorce records to obtain a marriage license or for other legal applications, the verification won’t replace having the actual paperwork. In that case, you will need a certified copy of your divorce certificate.
Whether you are requesting verification of a divorce that occurred in Georgia or a certified copy of this dissolution of marriage certificate, you must complete the request form and sign it. You must include your relationship to the persons named on the divorce records. The full names of both individuals named on the Georgia divorce records must also be included on your request form, as well as the date of the divorce and the county where it occurred, if known. According to Georgia law, the correct fee must be received before either a certified copy of a divorce record or verification of its existence can be provided. The fee is non-refundable whether or not verification or a certificate is found.