Authorized Marriage Copies
Jim McCauley, County Clerk-Recorder-Registrar of Voters
2954 Richardson Drive
Auburn, CA 95603
Fax: (530) 886-5687
Beginning January 1, 2010 the California Health and Safety Code Section 103526 permits only specific individuals to receive an AUTHORIZED CERTIFIED COPY of a marriage record.
An AUTHORIZED CERTIFIED COPY of a marriage record is required to conduct a name change on a driver's license, passport or social security card. Please see below for list of authorized individuals.
Those who do not meet the criteria for an AUTHORIZED CERTIFIED COPY may receive an INFORMATIONAL CERTIFIED COPY with the words "INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY" imprinted across the face of the copy.
When ordering in person: an authorized individual must complete an approved application, including a signed statement sworn under penalty of perjury, to receive an AUTHORIZED CERTIFIED COPY.
When ordering by mail: send a completed application form and a notarized Sworn Statement, signed under penalty of perjury by the authorized requestor, with payment to: Placer County Clerk, 2954 Richardson Drive, Auburn, CA 95603
Individuals permitted to receive an AUTHORIZED CERTIFIED COPY of a non-confidential (public) marriage certificate:
- The registrant (one of the parties to the marriage.)
- A party entitled to receive the record as a result of a court order (must include a certified copy of the court order with this request.)
- 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, sibling, spouse or domestic partner of the registrant.
- An attorney representing the registrant 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 or the registrant's estate.
Those who are not authorized by law to receive an authorized certified copy of a non-confidential (public) marriage record will receive an informational certified copy marked “Informational, not a valid document to establish identity”.
Individuals permitted to receive an AUTHORIZED CERTIFIED COPY of a confidential marriage certificate:
- The registrant (one of the parties to the confidential marriage.)
- A party entitled to receive the record as a result of a court order (must include a certified copy of the court order with the request.)
An informational certified copy of a confidential marriage certificate cannot be issued.