Get a Marriage Certificate in Person, by Mail, or Online

 

If you’re getting married, you must first apply for a marriage license.

People

In Person 

Cost

Cash or Check

$15.00

Credit or debit card

$15.00
+ $2.50 1
$17.50

Time

Order usually processed while you wait

To Do

The Clerk-Recorder's Office will not be able to provide services for walk-in customers from March 16, 2020, until further notice.

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By Mail

Cost

Check or Money Order

$15.00

Time

2-3 weeks to process

To Do

  1. Download and fill out an order form.3
  2. Get the form notarized. 4
  3. Prepare a return envelope (not required):
    • Regular mail: self-addressed, stamped standard-letter envelope
    • Expedited mail: pre-addressed, pre-paid Airbill for Express Mail, FedEx, or UPS
  4. Mail the form, payment, and return envelope to the Clerk Recorder’s Office.
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Online

Cost

Credit or debit card

$15.00
+ $7.00 5
$22.00

Time

Usually 1 week to process
(may vary due to volume of requests)

To Do

  1. Fill out VitalChek’s online form.
    VitalChek is the only authorized online service for Santa Clara County marriage certificates.
  2. Submit your payment online.
  3. Print VitalChek’s form and get it notarized.
  4. Fax or email the notarized form to the Clerk-Recorder's Office.

    Your credit card will not be charged until the Clerk-Recorder’s Office receives the notarized form.

Purchase Details

  1. $2.50 debit/credit-card convenience fee.
  2. You may designate another person to purchase a certified copy of your Standard marriage certificate. If that person is not an authorized party, please complete the mail-in application form, have it notarized, and add the name of the person picking up the certificate to the form under “Name of Person Receiving Copies.”

    Confidential marriage certificates must be picked up by a person listed on the certificate or someone with a court order authorizing the purchase of the certificate.

  3. If you are unable to download the form, please call (408) 299-5688 and we will mail or fax you a form.
  4. Only Certified Authorized marriage certificates purchased by mail or online require a notarized form.
  5. VitalChek's non-refundable $7.00 online-purchase convenience fee.

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