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Non-Confidential Marriage Certificates Requested in Person

Marriage certificates may be purchased at any of our office locations. This office maintains marriage records only for marriage licenses issued in the County of San Diego. If a non-confidential license was issued, only authorized individuals can receive a copy of the marriage record. You will be required to complete an application, sign the sworn statement in the presence of a County Clerk and be asked to present valid photo identification. Your signature will not need to be notarized.

Those who are not authorized by law to receive a certified copy of a non-confidential marriage record will receive, or may request a certified copy marked “INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY.”

If we cannot find the record based on the information you provide, State law requires that we keep the fee and provide a “Letter of No Record”.

Specific authorized individuals will be permitted to receive certified copies of marriage certificates. Those who are authorized by law to receive a Non-Confidential Marriage Certified Copy are:

  • A registrant (one of the two persons listed on the marriage certificate).
  • Entitled to the record as a result of a court order. The original COURT ORDER must be included with the application.
  • A parent or legal guardian of a registrant.
  • A member of a law enforcement agency or a representative of another governmental agency, as provided by law, who is conducting official business. (Companies representing a government agency must provide authorization from the government agency.)
  • A child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or domestic partner of a registrant.
  • An attorney representing a registrant or a registrant's estate, or any person or agency empowered by statute, or appointed by a court to act on behalf of a registrant or a registrant's estate. (If you are requesting a Certified Copy under a power of attorney, please include a copy of the power of attorney with this application form.)

 
You will need to have the following information available when you arrive:

  • The full legal names of the married couple.
  • The date of the marriage.

 
The cost for each marriage certificate is $15.00 and is not refundable even if the record is not found. Please wait 3 weeks after date of event before submitting your request. Payment may be made with cash or by check/money order made payable to the “San Diego Recorder/Clerk”.  American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa Debit card payments are accepted at any of our office locations with a $2.50 surcharge per transaction.

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Non-Confidential Marriage Certificates Requested by Mail

This office maintains marriage records only for marriage licenses issued in the County of San Diego. If a non-confidential license was issued, only authorized individuals can receive a copy of the marriage record. The authorized individual must complete the official application identifying the relationship to the registrants and must sign the sworn statement declaring, under penalty of perjury, that they are eligible to receive the certified copy of the marriage record. The sworn statement must be acknowledged by a Notary Public.

Those who are not authorized by law to receive a certified copy of a non-confidential marriage record will receive, or may request a certified copy marked "INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY" and are not required to have their signature notarized.

If we cannot find the record based on the information you provide, State law requires that we keep the fee and provide a "Letter of No Record".

Specific authorized individuals will be permitted to receive certified copies of marriage certificates. Those who are authorized by law to receive a Non-Confidential Marriage Certified Copy are:

  • A registrant (one of the two persons listed on the marriage certificate).
  • Entitled to the record as a result of a court order. The original COURT ORDER must be included with the application.
  • A parent or legal guardian of a registrant.
  • A member of a law enforcement agency or a representative of another governmental agency, as provided by law, who is conducting official business. (Companies representing a government agency must provide authorization from the government agency.)
  • A child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or domestic partner of a registrant.
  • An attorney representing a registrant or a registrant's estate, or any person or agency empowered by statute, or appointed by a court to act on behalf of a registrant or a registrant's estate. (If you are requesting a Certified Copy under a power of attorney, please include a copy of the power of attorney with this application form.)

 

To request a certified copy of a Non-Confidential Marriage Certificate by mail you will need to provide us with the following information.

  • The full legal names of the married couple.
  • The date of the marriage.
  • The address where the copy is to be mailed.

 

The cost for each marriage certificate is $15.00 and is not refundable even if the record is not found. Please wait 3 weeks after date of event before submitting your request. Payment may be made by check/money order made payable to the "San Diego Recorder/Clerk”.

Please send your completed request with the appropriate fee to:

San Diego County Assessor/Recorder/Clerk
P.O. Box 121750
San Diego, CA 92112-1750
ATTN: Marriage Certificate

PLEASE BE SURE TO SEND COMPLETE AND ACCURATE INFORMATION.

The document(s) will typically be mailed to you within seven (7) business days from the date of receipt.

If you need to speak with a Vital Records staff member, call (619) 237-0502, press 0. Se habla Espanol.

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Confidential Marriage Certificates Requested in Person

Marriage certificates may be purchased at any of our office locations. This office maintains marriage records only for marriage licenses issued in the County of San Diego. If a confidential license was issued, only a party to a confidential marriage can receive a copy of the marriage record. You will be required to complete an application, sign the sworn statement in the presence of a County Clerk and be asked to present valid photo identification. . Your signature will not need to be notarized.

Those who are not authorized by law to receive a confidential marriage record will receive, or may request a “Letter Confirming the Existence of a Marriage”.

If we cannot find the record based on the information you provide, State law requires that we keep the fee and provide a “Letter of No Record”.

Those who are authorized by law to receive a Confidential Marriage Certified Copy are:

  • A registrant (one of the two persons listed on the marriage certificate).
  • Entitled to the record as a result of a court order. The original COURT ORDER must be included with the application.

 

You will need to have the following information available when you arrive:

  • The full legal names of the married couple.
  • The date of the marriage.

 

The cost for each marriage certificate is $15.00 and is not refundable even if the record is not found. Please wait 3 weeks after date of event before submitting your request. Payment may be made with cash or by check/money order made payable to the "San Diego Recorder/Clerk”.  American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa Debit card payments are accepted at any of our office locations with a $2.50 surcharge per transaction.

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Confidential Marriage Certificates Requested by Mail

This office maintains marriage records only for marriage licenses that were issued in the County of San Diego. If a confidential license was issued, only a party to a confidential marriage can receive a copy of the marriage record. The authorized individual must complete the official application identifying the relationship to the registrants and must sign the sworn statement declaring, under penalty of perjury, that they are eligible to receive the certified copy of the marriage record. The sworn statement must be acknowledged by a Notary Public.

Those who are not authorized by law to receive a confidential marriage record will receive, or may request a “Letter Confirming the Existence of a Marriage” and are not required to have their signature notarized.

If we cannot find the record based on the information you provide, State law requires that we keep the fee and provide a “Letter of No Record”.

Those who are authorized by law to receive a Confidential Marriage Certified Copy are:

  • A registrant (one of the two persons listed on the marriage certificate).
  • Entitled to the record as a result of a court order. The original COURT ORDER must be included with the application.

 

To request a certified copy of a Confidential Marriage Certificate by mail you will need to provide us with the following information.

  • The full legal names of the married couple.
  • The date of the marriage.
  • The address where the copy is to be mailed.

 

The cost for each marriage certificate is $15.00 and is not refundable even if the record is not found. Please wait 3 weeks after date of event before submitting your request. Payment may be made by check/money order made payable to the "San Diego Recorder/Clerk”.

Please send your completed request with the appropriate fee to:

San Diego County Assessor/Recorder/Clerk
P.O. Box 121750
San Diego, CA 92112-1750
ATTN: Marriage Certificate

PLEASE BE SURE TO SEND COMPLETE AND ACCURATE INFORMATION.

The document(s) will typically be mailed to you within seven (7) business days from the date of receipt.

If you need to speak with a Vital Records staff member, call (619) 237-0502, press 0. Se habla Espanol.

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CREDIT CARD REQUESTS:

Emergency requests can be made in person or by mail. Urgent requests that cannot be made in person may be processed online through VitalChek. VitalChek Network, www.vitalchek.com, is a private company that provides a secure Internet site, which allows the public to conveniently order vital records 24 hours a day.

You may place your request over the Internet or fax a request to (866) 233-1057 if you have one of the following credit cards: MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover. In addition to the cost of the certificates, VitalChek charges a handling fee of $12.95 for all orders. You may choose expedited return delivery service for an additional fee of $19.00 otherwise it will be returned via regular mail at no extra charge.

If you would like to place your order by phone and pay with a credit card or check, this service is available Monday thru Friday during regular business hours, please call VitalChek toll free at (877) 459-1061. Please be advised that shipping and handling fees will apply.

Please Note: All applicants requesting authorized copies must submit a notarized Certificate of Identity before the order will be processed.

Certificates may be obtained from the ARCC in person or by mail without any additional processing or shipping fees for regular mailing.

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