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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/Father/Parent Name for both fields.
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 First Person/Spouse and Second Person/Spouse on the marriage license.
The date of the marriage.


Fee Description  Birth    Death   Marriage
Recording Fee    12.95
County Children's Trust Fund      6.30
Recorder Vitals Sub-Fund    2.20
State Vitals    4.55
State Umbilical Cord Collection Program             2.00
State Controller - DNA      


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


  • 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.


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

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, An additional processing fee is charged by VitalChek for using this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® or Visa®. Express mail services are available for an additional fee starting at $19.00.

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING VITAL RECORD CERTIFICATE ORDERS: All applicants must pass online identity verification before the order will be processed. Any applicant who fails or opts out of online identity verification will be required to submit a sworn statement and notarized certificate of acknowledgement before the order will be processed. The authorized requestor's name must match the name on the credit card billing address, and the credit card billing address must match the mailing address on file with your official government identification issuing agency.

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.