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What are Vital Records
Vital records are records of life events kept under governmental authority, including birth certificates, marriage licenses, and death certificates.
Certified Copies of Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates
Pursuant to the Governor’s Proclamation of State Emergency, all fees for certified copies of birth, death and marriage records in the state of California are suspended for any individual that lost such records in the fires. Sonoma County will only have records for events that occurred in Sonoma County (someone was born, died or purchased their marriage license in Sonoma County).
The County Clerk has birth certificates for events occurring in Sonoma County from 10/14/1855 to the present. Note that we do not have birth certificates for births that occurred someplace other than Sonoma County.
More about requesting a Certified Copy of Birth Certificate
The County Clerk has death records for events occurring in Sonoma County from 1873 to the present. Note that we are unable to issue death certificates for deaths that occurred someplace other than Sonoma County.
More about requesting a Certified Copy of Death Certificate
The County Clerk has marriage records for events occurring in Sonoma County from 9/23/1846 to the present. Note that we are unable to issue marriage certificates for marriages where the license was purchased someplace other than Sonoma County.
More about requesting a Certified Copy of Marriage Certificate
County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor-Registrar of Voters
County Clerk-Recorder Office
Clerk-Recorder accepts payments by cash, checks, credit or debit cards.
Application for Certified Birth Certificate
Application for Certified Death Certificate
Application For Certified Marriage Certificate