Contra Costa Clerk

Vital Information
Payment Methods
Imprinted Personal Checks made payable to "County Recorder" are acceptable for mail or in person requests only.
Credit Cards may not be used by mail.
General Info

You may obtain a certified copy of a birth, death or public marriage license by the following methods:
-In person
-Via mail
The information needed to process your order will be the name(s) on the certificate, the date of the event, and a mailing address the document is to be sent to. We only have births or deaths that have taken place in this county and public marriage licenses that have been purchased in this county.
Birth certificates for newborns are available approximately 6 weeks after the birth.
Death certificates are available approximately 4 weeks after the death occurs.
If the requested certificate is found, it will be mailed to you. If not, you will receive a Certification of No Record as required by law. Note we do not guarantee a processing time.
Please make sure your request is accurate as this office cannot issue refunds.
Each copy is printed on Security Paper and bears a raised seal, therefore we cannot fax copies.
Debit/Credit Card orders will be charged an additional processing fee for these transactions.