Obtaining Copies of Divorce Records
The California Department of Public Health – Vital Records (CDPH-VR) maintains divorce records for only
1962 through June 1984.
These records consist only of the face sheet of the divorce action –
not the actual divorce decree. CDPH-VR is only able to provide you with a Certificate of Record, which includes the names of the parties, filing date, county, and case number of the divorce. Copies of the
actual divorce decree can only be obtained from the Superior Court in the county where the divorce took place.
Requesting a Certificate of Record
A Certificate of Record is $16 per copy.
Please view our current Fees
. Requests received without the appropriate fee will be returned to the sender. Make your check or money order payable to CDPH Vital Records. Checks must be drawn on a United States bank. Money orders must be drawn on a United States bank or issued by the United States Postal Service.
Please do not send cash by mail. CDPH cannot be held responsible for fees paid that are lost, misdirected, or undelivered.
Please view our current Processing Times. The processing time begins when CDPH-VR receives your request.