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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:

    • 1905 to 1999
    • 2008 to 2020

CDPH-VR does not  maintain records of confidential marriages.

Processing Times for Marriage Certificates

CDPH-VR estimated processing times for certified copies of marriage certificates are listed below, which may occasionally increase as the volume of requests increases. The processing time begins when CDPH-VR receives your request. County Recorder Offices can sometimes process requests faster than CDPH-VR.

If marriage occurred:

1905 - 1960

Type of RequestTime to Process
Electronic Submission7 to 9 Weeks
Mail-In Request8 to 10 Weeks


1960 - 1999 and 2009 - 2020

Type of RequestTime to Process
Electronic Submission7 to 9 Weeks
Mail-In Request8 to 10 Weeks

2000 - 2008 and 2021

CDPH Vital Records is not able to provide certified copies of certificates for the years 2000 through 2008, and for 2021. 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.

Requesting a Certified Copy


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