Marriage Records

How to Obtain a Marriage Certificate

When a marriage license has been issued in Orange County, copies of the marriage certificate are available 6-8 weeks after the marriage occurs. There are several ways to obtain copies of marriage certificates.

Obtaining a Confidential Marriage Certificate

Confidential marriage certificates can only be obtained by mail or in person. The records are not public and only the couple listed on the license may request a certified copy. In some instances, a court order can be obtained by qualified parties. The person requesting the certificate must have a valid photo identification, such as a driver’s license or passport. Identification must be verified before the certificate is issued. Mailed requests require the request letter signature to be notarized. Include the original notarized letter. Only one notarized signature is required.

Obtaining a Marriage Certificate in Person

Individuals appearing in person may receive an authorized copy after presenting valid government identification and signing a statement sworn under penalty of perjury that the requester is an authorized person. All others will receive a certified copy marked "INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY."

Vital records (birth, marriage and death records) are located in Room 106 of the Hall of Records (see Hours and Locations). Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Payment can be made by cash, personal check, cashier's check, money order, Discover, American Express, MasterCard/Visa Credit and Debit.

Obtaining a Marriage Certificate by Mail

A copy of a marriage certificate can be obtained by mail if the marriage license was issued in Orange County. Certified copies are $15 each and orders are normally processed within 5 to 10 working days

Applications submitted by mail must also include a notarized statement, sworn under penalty of perjury, that the requester is an authorized person. Applications are available at Online Forms. Use a separate application form for each record you are requesting.

Please Note: Only one notarized sworn statement is required for multiple certificates requested at the same time; however, the sworn statement must include the name of each individual whose record you wish to obtain and your relationship to that individual. Those unauthorized by law (Click here to see who is authorized) to receive an authorized certified copy will receive a copy marked “INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY.”

Mail requests to:

Orange County Clerk-Recorder
Attn: Vital Records
P.O. Box 238
Santa Ana, CA 92702

Make checks payable to: Orange County Clerk-Recorder.

Obtaining a Marriage Certificate by Telephone:

Telephone orders are processed through VitalChek, a private independent company. VitalChek accepts MasterCard, VISA, American Express and Discover. VitalChek adds a $12.95 special handling fee on all credit card orders. There is also a separate county certified copy fee. 

Telephone orders will be processed within 5 working days of receipt of a copy of the requester’s government-issued photo ID and, for certified copies, a notarized signed statement sworn under penalty of perjury that the requester is an authorized person. If identity verification is not received within 5 days, the order will be cancelled and must be resubmitted. Telephone orders will be returned by regular mail unless Express UPS delivery is requested for an additional $19.00. To place an order or for more information, call VitalChek toll free at (877) 445-8988.

Obtaining a Marriage Certificate by Fax

Fax orders are processed through VitalChek, a private independent company, at (866) 559-9609. VitalChek accepts MasterCard, VISA, American Express and Discover. VitalChek adds a $12.95 special handling fee on all credit card orders. There is also a separate county certified copy fee.

Faxed credit card orders will be processed within 5 working days of receipt of a copy of the requester’s government-issued photo ID and, for certified copies, a notarized signed statement sworn under penalty of perjury that the requester is an authorized person. If identity verification is not received within 5 days, the order will be cancelled and must be resubmitted. Fax orders will be returned by regular mail unless Express UPS delivery is requested for an additional $19.00. For more information, call VitalChek toll free at (877) 445-8988.

To order expedited services by fax, please visit Vitalcheck.com for additional information.

Obtaining a Marriage Certificate Over the Internet

Online orders are processed through VitalChek, a private independent company. VitalChek accepts MasterCard, VISA, American Express and Discover. VitalChek adds a $12.95 special handling fee on all credit card orders. There is also a separate county certified copy fee.

Online credit card orders will be processed within 5 working days of receipt of a copy of the requester’s government-issued photo ID and, for certified copies, a notarized signed statement sworn under penalty of perjury that the requester is an authorized person. If identity verification is not received within 5 days, the order will be cancelled and must be resubmitted. Online orders will be returned by regular mail unless Express UPS delivery is requested for an additional $19.00 For more information, call VitalChek toll free at (877) 445-8988.