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Birth, Death, Military & Marriage Certificate
The Merced County Recorder's Office maintains vital records for Births, Deaths, and Marriages in Merced County.  The fees for certified copies are listed below and this fee is nonrefundable.  If a record is not found, a Certificate of No Record will be issued.

The following documents are available from our office:
  • Marriage certificates from approximately 1850 to present (Confidential marriage licenses are available through the County Clerk)
  • Birth certificates from approximately 1870 to present
  • Death certificates from approximately 1890 to present

Obtaining a Copy of a Certificate
For orders by mail, you may pay by cash, or money order made payable to Merced County Recorder. The following forms of payment are available at our office only:  cash, money order, Visa, Mastercard, American Express and debit card.  The cost for certified copies are:

  • Marriage certificate - $15
  • Birth certificate - $25
  • Death certificate - $21
The Merced County Recorders office does not accept 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 fee of $7.00 is charged by VitalChek for using this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express, Discover, or MasterCard.  

Marriage Certificates
The following information must be provided to obtain a copy of a marriage certificate:
  • The given name of the first party to the marriage
  • The given name of the second party to the marriage
  • Date of the marriage
  • City where the license was issued

In an attempt to stop the illegal use of vital records, and as part of statewide efforts to reduce identity theft, a new law (effective January 1, 2010) changed the way certified copies of birth certificates are issued. Certified Copies to establish the identity of a registrant can be issued only to authorized individuals, as indicated below. All others will be issued Certified Informational Copies that are not valid to establish identity.

Download Application For Certified Copy of a Marriage Record
Download Aplicacion Para Obtener Una Acta Certificada de Matrimonio

To get certified copies of birth, death, or military discharge certificates, fill out the appropriate form, have it notarized and mail the notarized copy to our office with your payment.  Certified copies can also be obtained by completing a request in our office.  Paper forms are not accepted in the office.

    Mailing Address
    Recorder's Office
    2222 M St., Main Floor
    Merced, CA 95340

    Merced County 2222 M Street Merced, CA 9543 Ph. (209) 385-7434 Toll Free (800) 226-6452
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