Vital Records

The Orange County Clerk-Recorder Department will close all of its office locations to the public, effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, as a precautionary measure to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Most services can be easily requested online or by mail. Please browse our web pages to get detailed information on obtaining services or call us at (714) 834-2500.

We appreciate your cooperation and understanding. Thank you!

Birth, Death and Marriage Records

Please note: The Orange County Clerk-Recorder does not maintain or issue divorce records. To obtain any divorce related record or information, visit Superior Court, Orange County at:

Who may 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:

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.

Requesting in Person (Over-the-counter services is not available at this time, please do not visit any of our offices for this service until further notice.)

 Note: You must complete your application prior to visiting our office to obtain any certificate. Complete your application here:  (not available at this time) 

Once you complete your application online, please visit one of the locations listed below with your valid government-issued photo identification.
Certificates are generally issued on the same day.





(Monday – Friday)

Central Office

601 N. Ross St.

Santa Ana, CA 92701

8 am – 4:30 pm

North County Branch Office

222 S. Harbor Blvd, Ste. 110A

Anaheim, CA 92805

9 am – 4:30 pm

South County Branch Office

24031 El Toro Rd., Ste. 150

Laguna Hills, CA 92653

9 am – 4:30 pm


Birth Certificate, per copy


Death Certificate, per copy


Marriage Certificate, per copy


Single Status Certificate, per copy


Payment Options:

Cash • Debit/Credit Cards • Checks • Money Orders • Cashier’s Checks

Requesting by Mail

All Vital Records Application forms must be signed and notarized.

Download application here:

If a requested record is not found with the information provided by the applicant, the corresponding search fee will apply.

Mail-in Payment

Check or money order, payable to OC Clerk-Recorder. Do NOT send cash.

Please mail to:

OC Clerk-Recorder

ATTN: Vitals Records

P.O. BOX 238

Santa Ana, CA 92702


* Most orders are processed within 5-10 Business Days from the date the request is received. Business days do not include weekends, holidays, or delivery time to and from the office.



Need more help?

Please call (714) 834-2500