A marriage certificate is the official record of two people joining together in a marriage ceremony. This certificate is required to make the union between two people legally binding. If you have lost your California marriage certificate, or simply want a duplicate, you can contact the California Department of Health Vital Records office to obtain an official copy.
Fill out the marriage certificate application and sworn statement form, which is available by the California Department of Public Health. This application requires information regarding the names of the persons on the marriage certificate. The sworn statement informs the state that you are legally able to request an official copy of a marriage certificate.
Notarize the sworn statement at a state-licensed notary. The California Secretary of State offers a state-wide list of all licensed notaries.
Mail the notarized sworn statement, marriage certificate application and $14 (as of 2010) request fee to:
California Department of Public Health
Office of Vital Records – MS 5103
P.O. Box 997410
Sacramento, CA 95899-7410
As of 2010, it may take up to six months to receive the marriage certificate copy; however, if you need the certificate faster you may submit the application, sworn statement and fee to the recorder’s office in the county where the marriage took place. The California Department of Public Health features a list of all recorder offices in the state of California.
If you are mailing the application and sworn statement through a courier service, send the materials to:
California Office of Vital Records
1501 Capitol Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95814
If you do not notarize the sworn statement, the request cannot be processed and all materials will be sent back to you.
California Department of Public Health: Application and Sworn Statement: Certified Copy of Marriage Record
California Department of Public Health: Contact OVR
California Department of Public Health: Vital Record Fees
California Department of Public Health: Obtaining Certified Copies of Marriage and Divorce Records
California Department of Public Health: Processing Times