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VITAL RECORDS

Correcting or Amending a Marriage Certificate

An Affidavit to Amend a Marriage Record VS 24C (PDF) form is required to:

  • Correct spelling errors
  • Add information to most blank items
  • Correct information that was originally entered incorrectly
  • Add a new name to the new name field on the marriage certificate
    • A certified court order is required to add a new name to the new name field

For further information please see the informational pamphlet for Affidavit to Amend a Marriage Record (PDF),  checklist (PDF) and sample document (PDF).


Certified Court Order

A “certified” copy of the court order must be a copy of the order that was originally prepared by the court.  It cannot be an original printout.  The photocopy you receive from the court must have all of the following:

  • An original court seal
  • A signature (or signature stamp) of the judge
  • A signature (or signature stamp) of the court clerk


Supporting Documents

Supporting documents are used to support the information being amended.  Acceptable documents include copies of the following:

  • Photocopy of person’s birth certificate whose information is being corrected (if in a foreign language it must be translated into English)
  • Certified copy of the court order name change (to update either of the party to the marriage’s name)
  • Photocopy of naturalization certificate and petition for name change form from the Department of Homeland Security (to update either of the party to the marriage’s name)
  • Any other documents that support the request for the amendment


Sworn Statement

A notarized Sworn Statement is required if a certified authorized copy of the amended certificate is requested. For explanation of who may receive a certified authorized copy view this link.


Amendment Fees

  • Within the first year from date of marriage: There is no fee to amend a certificate.  However, to receive a certified copy of the amended certificate there is a fee of fifteen dollars ($15) per certified copy
  • Any time after the first year of marriage: There is a twenty-three dollar ($23) processing fee, which includes one certified copy of the amended certificate.  Each additional certified copy is fifteen dollars ($15)


Processing Times

CDPH-VR processing times may occasionally increase as do the volume of requests.

Currently Marriage Amendments are processed within six (6) to eight (8) weeks from the date CDPH-VR receives the request.


Helpful Tips

  • Complete all documents in black ink
  • No erasures, alterations or whiteouts are allowed on the VS 24C form
  • This will create a multi-page certificate with the amendment attached


Helpful Links

Informational Pamphlet Affidavit to Amend a Marriage Record (PDF) and checklist (PDF).

Affidavit to Amend a Record VS 24C (PDF) form.  To view sample form click here (PDF).

Amendment Sworn Statements (English) (Spanish)


Other Amendment Types

General Birth Amendment

Court Order Name Change

Correcting a Sex Field Error

Sex Change/Reassignment

Adoption

Acknowledgement of Paternity/Parentage

Adjudication of Paternity

Supplemental Name Report

Death/Fetal Death

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