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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 2000
    • 2008 to Present

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 in:

1905 – 1960 Electronic Submission 3 to 3.5 Weeks
Mail-In Request 4 to 4.5 Weeks

1960 – 1999

2009 – Present  

Electronic Submission

3 to 3.5 Weeks
Mail-In Request 4 to 4.5 Weeks

 2000 – 2008            

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


Electronic Submission


Mail-In Request

County Clerk/Recorder

*Event must have occurred in county selected


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