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Apostille for California Marriage Certificate

Updated: Jan 1, 2022

When you need to apostille a California marriage certificate, you will need to make sure to have a certified copy of the vital record beforehand. If you need to order one, your best bet is to go through the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Here's what their website says about obtaining one:

Obtaining Certified Copies of Marriage Certificates

**Notice Regarding Vital Record Fee Increase**

Effective January 1, 2022, the California Department of Public Health – Vital Records (CDPH-VR) will increase vital record fees for certified copies and amendments, pursuant to Assembly Bill (AB) 128 (Chapter 21, Statutes of 2021). Certified marriage records will be $17 per copy.

The California Department of Public Health – Vital Records (CDPH-VR) can ONLY provide certified copies of certificates for public marriages that occurred in the years:

  • 1905 to 1999

  • 2008 to 2020

CDPH-VR does not maintain records of confidential marriages.

Processing Times for Marriage Certificates

CDPH-VR estimated processing times for certified copies of marriage certificates are listed below, which may occasionally increase as the volume of requests increases. The processing time begins when CDPH-VR receives your request. County Recorder Offices can sometimes process requests faster than CDPH-VR.

California Marriage Certificate Apostille

There is no margin for error with the Authentication or Apostille process. If mistakes are made, both your time and money will be wasted and you'll have to start all over again. If you want to look into outsourcing this part of preparing to studying abroad to someone with experience, please email me at or call 848-467-7740 to request my services or learn more.

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