What is Available
The Clerk-Recorder's Office maintains marriage records from 1850. A marriage certificate is on file in the county where the marriage license was issued.
Certified Copies and Sworn Statements
There are two types of certified copies available upon request:
- Certified Authorized Copy (Authorized persons only)
If you are requesting a certified copy of a standard marriage certificate online or by mail, you MUST provide a notarized sworn statement (see page 2 of application) declaring under penalty of perjury that you are authorized by law to receive the certified copy (click here to determine if you are authorized).
If you are requesting a certified copy and a notarized sworn statement is not included, we will not be able to accept your request for processing. The sworn statement does not need to be notarized when requesting the copy in person.
Note: For confidential marriage certificate, only the parties to the marriage may purchase a certified copy. If a confidential marriage certificate is requested by someone other than the parties to the marriage, then a court order authorizing the release of the document must be accompanied with the request.
- Certified Informational Copy (any interested person)
If you are requesting a certified informational copy, you DO NOT need to provide a sworn statement. A certified informational copy has a water mark printed on the face of the document that states, "INFORMATION, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY." Persons who are not eligible to receive a certified authorized copy can receive a certified informational copy.
Note: Certified informational copies of confidential marriage certificates are not available.