Who Can Obtain Marriage Records
The Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk will close all of its offices to the public effective Monday, March 16 as a precautionary measure to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
There are two types of marriage certificates: confidential and public, and only certain individuals may obtain these copies.
Confidential Marriage Records
Copies of confidential marriage licenses may only be obtained by the parties to the marriage or by court order. If you are not a party to the marriage, then you cannot obtain a copy of the confidential marriage license.
Only the parties to the marriage are allowed to receive an AUTHORIZED CERTIFIED COPY of a Confidential Marriage Record. Informational Certified Copies are not issued for Confidential Marriage Records.
Public Marriage Records
An AUTHORIZED CERTIFIED COPY of a public marriage record is required to change your name on a driver's license, passport, social security card and other services related to an individual's identity. Please see below for list of authorized individuals.
Individuals permitted to receive an AUTHORIZED CERTIFIED COPY of a Public Marriage Record
- One of the parties to the marriage or a parent or legal guardian of one of the parties
- A member of a law enforcement agency or a representative of another governmental agency, as provided by law, who is conducting official business.
- A child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse or domestic partner of one of the parties to the marriage.
- An attorney representing one of the parties to the marriage or the party's estate, or any person or agency empowered by statute or appointed by a court to act on behalf of one of the parties to the marriage or the party's estate
Those who are not authorized or do not wish to submit the notarized Certificate of Identity may receive an Informational Certified Copy. Informational Certified Copies have the words "INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY" imprinted across the face of the copy.