Obtaining Certified Copies of Marriage Certificates
The California Department of Public Health – Vital Records (CDPH-VR) can ONLY provide certified copies of certificates for
public marriages that occurred in the years:
2000-2008 and 2022
CDPH-VR is not able to provide certified copies of certificates for the years 2000 through 2008, and for 2022. You will need to contact the County Recorder's Office in the county where the marriage license was issued. CDPH Vital Records is continually indexing marriage records and will post updates on the website as more years become available for request.
Confidential Marriage Records
CDPH-VR does not maintain records of confidential marriages. Certified copies of confidential marriage records are only available from the County Clerk's Office in the county where the confidential marriage license was issued. Only the two individuals named on the marriage certificate can obtain copies of confidential marriage records.
Requesting a Certified Copy
Requesting a Copy of a Sealed Record
Certified marriage records are $17 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.