Birth, Death, Military & Marriage Certificate
The Merced County Recorder's Office maintains vital records for Births, Deaths, and Marriages in Merced County from 1850 to present. The fees for certified copies are listed below and this fee is nonrefundable
. If a record is not found, a Certificate of No Record
will be issued.
The Merced County Recorder's Office has birth, death, and marriage records for events that occurred in Merced County. The following documents are at our office:
Obtaining a Copy of a Certificate
- Marriage certificates from approximately 1850 to present (Confidential marriage licenses are available through the County Clerk)
- Birth certificates from approximately 1870 to present
- Death certificates from approximately 1890 to present
You may pay by cash, or money order made payable to Merced County Recorder. The cost for certified copies, effective January 1, 2012 are:
- Marriage certificate - $14
The Merced County Recorders office does not accept online orders; however, for your convenience, you can process online requests through an independent company that we have partnered with to provide you this service; VitalChek Network, Inc. VitalChek can be reached through its website, www.vitalchek.com
. An additional fee of $7.00 is charged by VitalChek for using this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express, Discover, or MasterCard.
The following information must be provided to obtain a copy of a marriage certificate:
- The maiden name of the bride
- The name of the groom
- Date of the marriage
- City where the license was issued
In an attempt to stop the illegal use of vital records, and as part of statewide efforts to reduce identity theft, a new law (effective January 1, 2010) changed the way certified copies of birth certificates are issued. Certified Copies to establish the identity of a registrant can be issued only to authorized individuals, as indicated below. All others will be issued Certified Informational Copies that are not valid to establish identity.
Download Application For Certified Copy Of Public Marriage Record
Download Aplicacion Para Obtener Una Acta Certificada de Matrimonio
To get certified copies of birth, death, or military discharge certificates, fill out the appropriate form, have it notarized and mail the notarized copy to our office with your payment. Certified copies can also be obtained by completing a request in our office. Paper forms are not accepted in the office.
2222 M St., Main Floor
Merced, CA 95340