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Obtaining A Certified Confidential Marriage Certificate

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IN-PERSON APPLICATION FOR AUTHORIZED CERTIFIED COPY OF A CONFIDENTIAL MARRIAGE RECORD:

1. You may complete the application via the internet and transmit it directly to the County Clerk's Office. You will need to come into the County Clerk's Office to pick-up the certified copy within two weeks or the application will be deleted. You must be one of the parties of the confidential marriage or a party entitled to receive the record as a result of a court order pursuant to Family Code Section 511(c) and if this is the case, you must provide a certified copy of the court order. Click here for online application.

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2. Either party can come into the County Clerk's Office, with a valid Picture ID, to submit the request on the kiosk and complete the process.

(In BOTH cases above, when requesting a confidential certificate in person, the sworn statement on the application must be signed in the presence of a staff member and a valid Picture ID is required.)

MAIL-IN APPLICATION FOR AUTHORIZED CERTIFIED COPY OF CONFIDENTIAL MARRIAGE RECORD:

You must be one of the parties of the confidential marriage or a party entitled to receive the record as a result of a court order pursuant to Family Code Section 511(c) and if this is the case, you must provide a certified copy of the court order with your request. Your signature on the sworn statement must be acknowledged by a notary public. The application must be downloaded, completed, notarized, and mailed with the $15 fee (please do not send cash, check or money order only). Click here for Mail-In Application.

SEND TO:  MONTEREY COUNTY CLERK, P.O. BOX 29, SALINAS, CA  93902

ON-LINE VIA VITALCHEK, (Fee is $15 per certificate plus $7 Vitalchek processing fee per transaction):

You must be one of the parties of the confidential marriage or a party entitled to receive the record as a result of a court order pursuant to Family Code Section 511(c) and if this is the case, you must provide a certified copy of the court order with your request. Your signature on the sworn statement must be acknowledged by a notary public. 

Monterey County contracts Vitalchek, a private company, to take orders of certified copies of vital records on-line by credit card. Vitalchek charges a $7 processing fee per transaction. This fee is in addition to the Recorder's vital record fee of $15 per certificate. You will be taken to a commercial website. The site will open in a new browser window after you click here.