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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 2023​

​CDPH-VR is not able to provide certified copies of certificates for the years 2000 through 2007. 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 b​y 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.

Processing Times

Please view our current Processing Times. The processing time begins when CDPH-VR receives your request.​​​​​

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