1.As of January 1, 2010, ONLY individuals who are authorized by Health and Safety Code Section 103526 can obtain a Certified Copy of a Non-Confidential Marriage Record. (Page 1 of the application identifies
the individuals who are authorized to make the request.) All others may receive a Certified Informational
Copy which will be marked, “Informational, Not a Valid Document to Establish Identity.” Certified copies of confidential marriage certificates are only available to the parties of that confidential marriage. Informational copies are not available for confidential marriage certificates.
2.Complete a separate application form for each record of public marriage certificate requested.
3.Complete the Applicant Information section on the first page of this form and provide your signature where indicated. Provide all the information you have available to identify the record of the registrant under Marriage Certificate Information. If the information you furnish is incomplete or inaccurate, it may be impossible to locate the record.
The authorized individual requesting the certified copy must sign the attached Sworn Statement, declaring, under penalty of perjury, that they are eligible to receive the certified copy of the marriage record and identify their relationship to the registrant.
If the application is being submitted by mail, your signature on the Sworn Statement must be acknowledged by a Notary Public. (To locate a Notary Public, see your local yellow pages or call your banking institution.).
Any member of a law enforcement agency or a representative of a state or local government agency, as provided by law, who orders a copy of a record to which subdivision (a) applies in conducting official business is required to complete the Sworn Statement, however, they may not be required to have their signature on the Sworn Statement acknowledged by a Notary Public.
If the application is being submitted in person at the County Clerk and Recorders Office, the
Sworn Statement must be signed by you in the presence of the County Clerk and
Recorder staff, and your signature does not have to be acknowledged by a Notary Public.
A Sworn Statement does not need to be provided if you are requesting a Certified Informational Copy of a non-confidential (public) marriage record.
5.Submit $14 for each certified copy requested. If no record of the marriage is found, the $14 fee will be retained for searching the record (as required by law) and a Certificate of No Public Record, or a letter confirming the existence of a confidential marriage will be issued to the applicant. Indicate the number of certified copies you wish and include the correct fee(s) in the form of a personal check, postal or bank money order (International Money Order for out-of-country requests) made payable to the Ventura County Clerk and Recorder. Mail this application with the fee(s) and a self-addressed stamped envelope to:
MARK A. LUNN
Ventura County Clerk and Recorder 800 S. Victoria Ave
Ventura, CA 93009-1260
Telephone number (805) 654-2295 Fax (805) 662-6543
6. Credit card orders may be processed on-line at www.vitalchek.com Additional costs apply for processing orders using a credit card. Please follow the directions on Vitalchek’s website if ordering
using a credit card.
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