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Purchasing Confidential Marriage Certificates

Last modified: 1/14/2014 3:39 PM

Copies of a marriage certificate for a confidential marriage (as opposed to a public marriage) may be purchased ONLY by one of the parties of the marriage. Unfortunately, phone and on-line orders are not available confidential marriage certificates. To purchase a copy of a public marriage certificate, see marriage certificate availability

 

Obtaining a Confidential Marriage Certificate In Person:

  1. To save time and ensure you have the required information, you may download and complete the order form prior to your visit. (See Attachments below).
  2. One or both parties must bring the completed form (if available), valid identification, and cash or check for $15.00 for each certificate copy to: Santa Clara County Clerk-Recorder

    East Wing, First floor
    70 West Hedding Street
    San Jose CA 95110

    Hours: Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

  3. Orders will be processed while you wait in most cases.

 Obtaining a Confidential Marriage certificate by Mail:

  1. Download, print and complete the order form below (see Attachments).  (If you are unable to download the form, please call 408-299-2481 and we will mail or fax you a form).
  2. One of the parties of the marriage (either Person 1 or Person 2) will need to fully complete the form, sign the sworn statement, and have the Certificate of Acknowledgement notarized.
  3. Enclose the following items in an envelope:
    - The completed, signed order form or letter
    - A check or money order made payable to Clerk-Recorder for $15.00 for each copy of the marriage certificate
    - A self-addressed, stamped envelope (for return by regular mail)
         OR
    - A pre-addressed, pre-paid airbill for Express Mail, FedEx, or UPS (for expedited return) 
  4. Mail envelope to:
    Santa Clara County Clerk-Recorder
    East Wing, First floor
    70 West Hedding Street
    San Jose CA 95110
  5. Allow 15 to 20 workdays processing time