Marriage Certificates

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Requests for copies of documents can only be made in person or by mail. We do not accept requests by phone, fax or email. Documents can be ordered online through an independent partner company. Details and a link to their site are on the Ordering Records Online page. For those who plan to marry and need to obtain a Marriage License or for copies of Confidential Marriage Certificates, contact the County Clerk.

Be sure the information you supply is complete and accurate. If you request a copy of an official record and we find nothing, we are not able to refund the fee. The California Statutes require us to retain the fee as a search fee. See our fee schedule.

Our location, hours, and mailing address are on our Contact Us page. Request forms and instructions are located on our forms page.

Restricted Copies

Anyone may obtain a restricted certified copy of a marriage record. The record is for informational purposes only and may not be used to establish identity. Restricted copies will have across the face of the document the words:

"INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY"

Unrestricted Copies

If you need a certified copy to obtain a driver's license, passport, or register for insurance coverage you should not use a restricted certified copy. To obtain an unrestricted certified copy of a marriage record you must be one of the following:

  • The registrant(s) or a parent or legal guardian of the registrant(s)
  • A party entitled to receive the record as a result of a court order, or an attorney or a licensed adoption agency seeking the record in order to comply with the requirements of Section 3140 or 7603 of the Family Code
  • 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, or sibling of the registrant(s)
  • An attorney representing the registrant(s) or the registrant's estate, or any person or agency empowered by statute or appointed by a court to act on behalf of the registrant(s) or the registrant's estate

Divorce Decrees

A divorce decree is a court document issued by a judge which finalizes your divorce. They are not filed with the Recorders office. If your divorce took place within the last five years, you can get copies from the Fresno Superior Court Family Law division. Information on divorces that took place longer than five years ago are available from the Court Archives Facility.

 

What you need to provide:

If you order in person If you order by mail
  • Name of the first person
  • Name of the second person
  • Date of the marriage
  • City where the license was issued
  • Complete sections 1 through 3 on the form. Your signature must be witnessed by a clerk in our office for an unrestricted copy. It does not need to be notarized.
  • Name of the first person
  • Name of the second person
  • Date of the marriage
  • City where the license was issued
  • Complete sections 1 through 3 on the form. Your signature must be notarized for an unrestricted copy.
  • The name and address of the person or agency to whom the copies are to be returned
You may pay in cash, check or money order payable to Fresno County Recorder. A check or money order for the full amount, payable to Fresno County Recorder, must accompany the order. Do not send cash.