You may come into our office anytime during business hours to obtain a certified copy of a marriage certificate. If you are unable to come into our office, for your convenience, we have added links to order the certificate by mail or online.
This page contains information on ordering a certified copy of Existing Marriage Licenses only. This service is NOT for purchasing a license to be married, but rather for obtaining a certified copy of a license that has already been issued. By law Marriage information is not searchable on-line.
If you received your marriage license in Contra Costa County, you may obtain a certified copy from our office; otherwise contact the Clerk-Recorder’s office in the county you applied for your marriage license.
We maintain marriage records from 1905 to present.
- Due to the increased occurrence of identity theft, new laws are in effect to protect birth, death and marriage records from misuse. California Health and Safety Code, Section 103526 permits only authorized individuals to receive certified copies of birth, death and marriage records. Those not authorized by law to receive certified copies will receive certified copies marked “INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY.”
- If the county of the marriage license request is unknown, contact the State Office of Vital Statistics at www.cdph.ca.gov.
- The registrant (one of the parties to the marriage)
- A party entitled to receive the record as a result of a court order (include a certified copy of the court order with this request)
- A member of a law enforcement agency or a representative of another governmental agency, as provided by law, who is conducting official business
- A parent, child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse or domestic partner of the registrant
- An attorney representing the registrant or the registrant’s estate, or any person or agency empowered by statute or appointed by a court to act on behalf of the registrant or the registrant’s estate
How soon after I am married can I obtain a copy of my marriage certificate?
If you have your marriage ceremony with us in our office, you may request a copy immediately after the ceremony. For marriage ceremonies that take place outside our office, once we receive your properly completed marriage license from the officiant, you may request your copy the same day. Please note that the officiant has ten (10) business days to return the license to the county where issued.
How long will it take to receive the copy of my marriage certificate, after my request?
We process requests for vital records on a first come, first served basis. If you submit your request by mail or online, please allow ten (10) days for processing and mail.
If you come to our office in person with the form completed for processing the document does not have to be notarized.
If you plan to mail the form or use our online order options above, a notarized application is required.
If you need further information regarding the acquisition of a marriage license, please call 925-335-7900.