How to Request a Riverside County Marriage Certificate

How to Get a Copy of Your Riverside County Marriage Certificate Fast

The County of Riverside University Health System-Public Health Office of Vital Records is responsible for registering all the marriages in Riverside County. It is also where you'll get a copy of a marriage certificate if you lose the original document issued to you at the event.

You can request a copy of your  by completing an online application, sending an application through mail, walking up to the office, or through a dropbox. 

While Riverside County has an easy way of applying for a copy of your marriage certificate, a little help doesn't hurt. DoNotPay will make the process so much easier for you as you'll only need to submit the required information and let DoNotPay's Marriage Certificate product do the rest for you. 

What’s the Difference Between a Marriage Certificate and a Marriage License in Riverside County?

Before a couple gets married, they'll need to seek clearance from the county to show that they are free and can get married. Then, the couple is issued a marriage license, which remains valid for up to 90 days after issuance.

On the other hand, a marriage certificate is issued as proof that the couple has married according to the law and is now husband and wife. A marriage certificate remains in the public records, and you can get a copy of it, whether as an authorized copy or an informational copy.

Who Can Get a Marriage Certificate Copy in Riverside County? 

Authorized copies of a marriage certificate can only be given to the following parties.

  • Any of the spouses whose names appear on the marriage certificate
  • Immediate family members like the parents, siblings, or their children
  • Designated attorneys representing the couple or their immediate family.

If anyone else, like researchers and distant relatives, requests copies of the marriage certificates, they only get an informational copy that cannot be used for legal purposes. 

How Much Does It Cost to Get a Marriage Certificate Copy in Riverside County?

Copies of marriage certificates are issued for $17. Other charges may include a debit/credit card processing fee and delivery charges depending on the method you choose for delivery.

What Documents Do I Need to Get a Copy of a Marriage Certificate in Riverside County? 

To get a copy of your marriage certificate, you'll only need to verify your identity. So, whether you choose to apply online, through the mail, or in person, you'll need to verify your identity by submitting a valid government-issued ID.

How to Get a Copy of Your Marriage Certificate in Riverside County by Yourself

You can apply for a copy of your marriage certificate online, by mail, in person, or by using a dropbox.


To request copies online:

  1. Complete the online application form and verify your identity on the system.
  2. If you opt-out of the online verification, you'll be required to submit a notarized certificate of acknowledgment and sworn statement for the processing to begin.
  3. Make the required payment for searching and delivering the copies of the marriage certificate to you through domestic express delivery.


To submit your order through mail, you'll need to do the following.

  1. Complete the marriage certificate application form and have it notarized.
  2. Write a check or money order payable to Riverside County Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder.
  3. Mail your request and payment to Riverside County Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder at PO Box 751, Riverside, Ca. 92502-0751.


To get the copies in person:

  • Complete an online application and take note of the SST or order number shown in your application.
  • Schedule an appointment for when you'll take the documents.
  • Visit the Vital Records offices with your government-issued ID for identification and the payment in the form of a credit card, check money order, or cash.


To send your request through a dropbox:

  • Complete the application form and notarize it.
  • Write a check or money order payable to Riverside County Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder.
  • Drop the documents at any dropbox in any of the following locations.
Riverside CAC4080 Lemon St. Riverside, CA 92501
Riverside Gateway2724 Gateway Dr. Riverside, CA 92507
Palm Desert38-686 El Cerrito Rd. Palm Desert, CA 92211
Temecula41002 County Center Dr.,#230 Temecula, CA 92591
Blythe270 N. Broadway Blythe, CA 92225

How to Get a Copy of Your Marriage Certificate in Riverside County With the Help of DoNotPay

If you want to order a  but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 7 easy steps:

  1. Go to the Certificates of Marriage product on DoNotPay.


  2. Select whether the certificate belongs to you or a relative/loved one. If it belongs to someone else, enter the details of both people on the certificate and select/upload evidence that proves your relationship with them. If the certificate is yours, enter the details of your spouse.


  3. Enter the city, state, and county where the marriage certificate was issued as well as the date it was issued.


  4. Indicate what you will be using this certificate for, and choose whether you need an authorized or certified copy.


  5. Enter your contact information and shipping address. Upload copies of your government-issued identification, such as a driver's license.


  6. Choose whether you would like to electronically sign this form or not. Once we generate the form, verify that all of the information is correct.


  7. Next, you can notarize your document by scheduling a notarization appointment using our Notary product. Otherwise, proceed to our Mail Checks product and let DoNotPay mail in your request form with a check on your behalf.


And that's it! Your marriage certificate copy request will be sent and on its way! You should hear back from them within a few weeks with updates once your request has been processed.

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