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Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates

You may obtain a certified copy (or copies) of a birth, death, or marriage certificate from the Riverside County Clerk-Recorder provided the person for whom you are seeking the certificate was born, died, or had a marriage license issued, in the County of Riverside.

See below for what you will need to obtain a certified copy.

Birth Certificate:

The child's full name as stated on the birth certificate.
The mother's full MAIDEN name.
The father's full name.
The child's date of birth.
The child's place of birth.

Death Certificate:

The full name of the decedent at the time of death.
The date of death.
The place of death.
The date of birth of the decedent, if known.
Marriage Certificate: 

The full name of the groom.
The full MAIDEN name of the bride.
The date of the marriage.

Fees

Fee Description  Birth    Death   Marriage
Recording Fee    12.95
    12.35
      5.50
County Children's Trust Fund      6.30
       
Recorder Vitals Sub-Fund    2.20
     2.20
    2.55
State Vitals    4.55
   4.55
      3.35
State Umbilical Cord Collection Program             2.00
       
State Controller - DNA      
           1.90
             3.60
       $28.00
      $21.00
        $15.00

 

Note: Orders placed by fax or over the internet are charged an additional $5.00 processing fee by VitalChek.

PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH WHEN ORDERING BY MAIL. 

  • Payment should be made by check or money order and made payable to the Riverside County Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder.
  • All personal checks must be pre-printed by the bank.
  • No third party checks will be accepted.
  • The fee for searching a record is NOT REFUNDABLE if the record is not found.

If you need to speak with a Vital Records staff member, please call (951) 486-7000.

Phone verification: Our staff CANNOT verify any information over the phone, therefore, they cannot tell you whether or not the record you wish to obtain is recorded and on file in our office prior to your requesting a copy.

Obtaining Copies in Person

Effective January 1, 2010 the requirements for ordering a marriage record changed. As with birth and death records, there are two types of marriage certificates issued, an Authorized copy and an Informational copy. For more detailed information or instructions on ordering see Information Sheet or Applications.

You may obtain a certified copy of a birth, death or marriage certificate in person from our Riverside (Gateway), Riverside (Downtown), Hemet, Palm Desert, Temecula or Blythe offices.

PLEASE NOTE: Effective July 1, 2003, ID is required when requesting a copy of a birth, death or marriage certificate.

You will obtain your copy the same day (provided the certificate has already been recorded).

Obtaining Copies by Mail

Certified copies of birth, death and marriage certificates may also be requested by mail.

Please include the appropriate fees, all required information, and the complete address to which you would like the copy mailed. All requests MUST CONTAIN complete and accurate information. For detailed information and instructions please read and complete the necessary Application for Birth, Death or Marriage.

Please include the appropriate fees, all required information, and the complete address to which you would like the copy mailed. All requests MUST CONTAIN complete and accurate information.

NOTE: Effective January 1, 2010 the requirements for ordering a marriage record changed. As with birth and death records, there are two types of marriage certificates issued, an Authorized copy and an Informational copy. 

 

Obtaining Copies Online or by Fax

Riverside County Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder does not accept credit cards or 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 is charged by VitalChek for using this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® or Visa®.

Other internet vendors are not authorized by Riverside County and may charge additional fees without providing County-approved services. Neither Riverside County nor VitalChek has control over the services and fees other Internet vendors offer and charge.

Please note: When ordering copies, the additional processing fee charged by VitalChek is $5.00. Express mail services are available for an additional fee starting at $19.00.