Birth, Death & Marriage Certificates

Birth & Death Certificates: 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 July 1, 2003) changed the way certified copies of birth & death 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.

  • The registrant or a parent or legal guardian of the registrant.
  • A party entitled to receive the record as a result of a court order, or an attorney or a licensed adoption agency seeking the birth record in order to comply with the requirements of Section 3140 or 7603 of Family Code.
  • A member of a law enforcement agency or a representative of another governmental agency, as provided by law, who is conducting official business.
  • A child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or domestic partner of the registrant.
  • An attorney representing the registrant or the registrant's estate, or any person or agency empowered by statute or appointed by a court to act on behalf of the registrant or the registrant's estate.
  • Any agent or employee of a funeral establishment who acts within the course and scope of his or her employment and who orders certified copies of a death certificate on behalf of an individual specified in paragraphs (1) to (5), inclusive, of subdivision (a) of Section 7100 of the Health and Safety Code.

In order to obtain a certified copy, you MUST complete the sworn statement included on the birth certificate request form or the death certificate request form and sign the statement under penalty of perjury. If you mail your request, your sworn statement must be NOTARIZED. If your mailed request indicates that you want a certified copy but does not include a notarized statement sworn under penalty of perjury, an "Informational" copy will be returned to you.

Marriage Certificates: If the ceremony was performed in Alpine County but the license was issued in another County, you must go to the County where the license was issued in order to obtain a certified copy.

**Effective January 1, 2010** Assembly Bill 130, amended Section 103525 of the Health & Safety Code to include Public Marriage Licenses. See the information above under "New Law Effective July 1, 2003" for authorized parties.

Certified copies of Confidential Marriage records are only available to people who were a party to the marriage or by court order (Family Code 509 & 511). Informational Copies cannot be issued.

Please return the marriage certificate request form, your payment in the form of a check or money order (made payable to the Alpine County Recorder) and a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

Contact: Jeanette Millar
Phone: 530 694-2283
Alpine County Assessor / Recorder
99 Water Street
PO Box 155
Markleeville, CA 96120

Your certificate(s) are usually mailed within 2 business days from receipt.

Please be advised the Alpine County Assessor / Recorders office can only accept payment in the following forms: check, money order or cash. No debit or credit cards.

Recording hours: Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - excluding holidays

General office hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. - excluding holidays