The FO should write directly to above address to obtain birth/death or marriage records.
If SSA is paying for the record, include a third party draft, money order or certified
check payable to the California Office of Vital Records. Make the request on SSA letterhead
form. If SSA letterhead is not used the cost of copy to the public for these records
For final divorce decrees entered from January 1, 1962 through December 31, 1984,
the $13.00 fee to the above address will provide only information as to the county
that issued the divorce decree and the case number; it will not provide a copy of
the divorce decree. If the county is known, go directly to the county. See the county
listing. California Civil Code 4213 permits a cohabiting couple to marry privately
without a license. As private marriage is not a matter of public record, it is not
recorded. A record of a section 4213 private marriage can be obtained only as follows:
The claimant may furnish the marriage certificate.
The claimant (or FO with claimant permission) may seek a certified copy from whoever
performed the marriage.
The claimant may obtain a certified copy from the county. (Tell the claimant to inquire
about getting a record which is sealed from the public. The claimant may not realize
the degree of secrecy with which these records are maintained.)
Can FO verify, certify, or obtain free copy of birth/death record? No