The Orange County Clerk-Recorder Department will close all of its office locations to the public, effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, as a precautionary measure to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Most services can be easily requested online or by mail. Please browse our web pages to get detailed information on obtaining services or call us at (714) 834-2500.
We appreciate your cooperation and understanding. Thank you!
How to Obtain a Marriage Certificate
The Orange County Clerk-Recorder does not maintain or issue divorce records. To obtain a copy of your divorce decree that was finalized in Orange County you must visit the Superior Court of California - Orange County. Click here to visit their website for more information.
When a marriage license has been issued in Orange County, copies of the marriage certificate are available 5 to 10 business days after we receive the marriage license for recording. There are several ways to obtain a copy of marriage certificate.
Obtaining a Marriage Certificate in Person
Over-the-counter service is not available at this time due to measures being taken to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. All our offices are closed to the public.
Individuals appearing in person may order a certified copy of a marriage certificate, after presenting valid government-issued photo identification and signing a statement under penalty of perjury that the requester is an authorized person. Vital records (birth, marriage and death records) are available at our main office at the County Administration South building at the Civic Center Plaza in Santa Ana at our North County Branch Office in Anaheim (click here for hours and directions) and at our South County Branch Office at the Laguna Hills Civic Center (click here for hours and directions). 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. See the FEES page for the cost of certified copies. Orders are normally processed within 5 to 10 working days.
Mailed applications must 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 requested record.
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, plus your relationship to that individual.
Mail requests to:
Orange County Clerk-Recorder
Attn: Vital Records
P.O. Box 238
Santa Ana, CA 92702
Please make your checks payable to: Orange County Clerk-Recorder Department
Obtaining a Marriage Certificate Through VitalChek
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.
Click here to Place a Request Over the Internet.