Effective Monday, July 20, 2020, the Clerk-Recorder Department will be closing its branch offices in Anaheim, Laguna Hills and at the Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana.
The department's office at the County Service Center in Santa Ana will remain open but only offer over-the-counter service for birth, death, and marriage certificates, all professional registrations, and real property document recordings. All other services will be offered by mail only.
Effective July 20, 2020, the following services must be requested via mail. No over-the-counter service will be available until further notice:
Fictitious Business Name Statements
Official Records Copies
For more information about the services being offered by the Clerk-Recorder Department, please call the department's information line at (714) 834-2500, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except holidays.
Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Note: The Clerk-Recorder Department does not maintain divorce records. Visit Superior Court, County of Orange at www.occourts.org for more information.
Who Can Request a Vital Record?
Only authorized individuals may receive a certified copy of a birth, death, or marriage record.
Please click on link for a list of authorized individuals: https://cms.ocgov.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=115771
Those who do not qualify as authorized individuals may receive an Informational certified copy. An Informational certified copy shows the words "INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY” imprinted across the face. Please note that Informational certified copies do not exist for a Confidential Marriage; only the bride or groom are authorized to order a certified copy.
Once you complete your application online, please visit one of the locations listed below with your valid government-issued photo identification.
Only the person requesting service will be allowed to enter the office.
Certificates are generally issued on the same day.
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