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Vital Records
Marriage Certificates
How to Obtain a Marriage Certificate
When a marriage license has been issued in Orange County, copies of the marriage certificate are available through this office normally 6-8 weeks after the marriage occurred.  There are several ways to obtain certified copies of marriage certificates as well as several payment and delivery options. Select one of the items to your right for additional information.
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 on marriage 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 picture identification such as a driver’s license or passport. Identification will be verified before the certificate will be issued.

When you mail in a request, first take the request letter to a Notary Public to have the signature notarized. Include the original notarized letter. Only one notarized signature is required.

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Obtaining a Marriage Certificate in Person
Under law, individuals appearing in person, will be permitted to receive an authorized copy, after presenting a valid government form of identification and signing a statement sworn under penalty of perjury that the requester is an authorized person. Those who are not authorized by law to receive an authorized certified copy 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 Finance and Records (see). Hours and Locations Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00AM to 4:30PM. Payment can be made by cash, personal check, cashier's check, money order, or ATM/Debit card (additional $2.50 terminal usage fee).
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 $13 each and orders are normally processed within 5 to 10 working days

Applications submitted by mail must also include a statement, sworn under penalty of perjury, that the requester is an authorized person. It must also be notarized. 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 who are not authorized by law (Click here to see who is authorized) to receive an authorized certified copy will receive a certified 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:

You may place your request by telephone with VitalChek, a private independent company. Acceptable methods of payment through VitalChek are MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover. A $12.95 special handling fee collected by VitalChek will be charged on all credit card orders in addition to the County of Orange certified copy fee. 
   
Telephone orders will be processed within 5 working days of receipt of the Certificate of Identity. Telephone orders will be returned by regular mail unless Express UPS delivery is requested which costs an additional $19.00. 

To place a telephone order or for additional information, please call VitalChek toll free at (877) 445-8988.

Obtaining a Marriage Certificate by Fax

For those in need of a quick turnaround time, you may fax your request to VitalChek , a private independent company at (866) 559-9609. Acceptable methods of payment through VitalChek are MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover. A $12.95 special handling fee collected by VitalChek will be charged on all credit card orders in addition to the County of Orange certified copy fee. For additional information, please call (877) 445-8988 toll free.

Fax credit card orders will be processed within 5 working days of receipt of the Certificate of Identity. Fax orders will be returned by regular mail unless Express UPS delivery is requested which costs an additional $19.00.

To order expedited services by FAX, please click here for additional information.

If you do not supply the necessary Certificate of Identity within 5 business days, your fax order will be cancelled and must be resubmitted.

For additional information, please call (877) 445-8988 toll free.

Obtaining a Marriage Certificate Over the Internet
For those in need of fast turnaround time, you may place your request over the Internet with VitalChek, a private independent company. Acceptable methods of payment through VitalChek are MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover. A $12.95 special handling fee collected by VitalChek will be charged on all credit card orders in addition to the County of Orange certified copy fee. Internet credit card orders will be processed within 5 working days of receipt of the Certificate of Identity. Internet orders will be returned by regular mail unless Express UPS delivery is requested which costs an additional $19.00. For additional information, please call (877) 445-8988 toll free.

Click here to Place a request over the Internet.

If you do not supply the necessary Certificate of Identity within 5 business days, your fax order will be cancelled and must be resubmitted.


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