Beginning Monday May 18, 2020 all in-person access to the Clerk Recorder’s Office is available by appointment only
If you do not have an appointment you may still submit documents to be recorded, Clerk filings, copy order requests, and vital records certificate requests by any of the following:
Drop box located outside the Clerk Recorder’s Office door. Self service forms are available on our forms page and next to the drop box.
US Mail or Express mail
VitalChek online service (vital record copies only)
If you have any questions or to schedule an in-person appointment, please contact us directly by phone at:
The Humboldt County Clerk / Recorder’s Vital Records division only issues certified copies and certified informational copies of birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage certificates. The Vital Records division is also responsible for issuing marriage licenses.
Note: Certified copies of vital records can only be issued by the county in which the event occurred. Therefore, if a birth or death occurred in, or a marriage license was issued by a county other than Humboldt, we can not process your copy order request.
For contact information of other California counties, please refer to the interactive map of counties Opens a New Window. available through ca.gov.
To receive a certified copy of a vital record, select the appropriate tab below. Each tab will have a link that will take you to the appropriate application. Fill out the application, have the notarization done (not required for informational), include money order or check for the correct amount, and mail to the listed address on the application. This office only returns certificates from mailed in applications by regular mail.
If you would like to apply for a vital record certified copy in-person, Please contact the Clerk Recorder directly at (707)445-7593 extension 2, to make an in-person appointment.
Alternatively, you may place your order through a Third Party vendor called VitalChek that will take a credit card payment and allow you to do overnight UPS service, if requested. VitalChek charges an additional $7.00 for their service and $20.00 for UPS overnight. If you do not require overnight service, you must uncheck the corresponding box. By clicking on the VitalChek image below you will be taken to their website.
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Divorce records are a function of the Superior Court of California. Follow this link to the Superior Courts of California Humboldt County website for more information.
Opens in New Window Humboldt County issues only full certified copies of birth certificates. Certified copies are acceptable for passport applications, social security, employment, and personal identification purposes.
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Note: "Informational Only" copies are not to be used for Identifying Purposes and have the "Informational Only" stamp applied.
Humboldt County issues certified copies of death certificates of individuals who died within Humboldt County.
Note: Informational Only copies are not to be used for Identifying Purposes and have the "Informational Only" stamp applied.
You may obtain certified copies of Public Marriage certificates that were issued by Humboldt County.
Note: Confidential Marriage certificates can only be issued to the couple on the certificate or by court order.
Informational Only copies are not to be used for Identifying Purposes and have the "Informational Only" stamp applied. Informational only copies are not issued for Confidential Marriages.
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For information on how to begin the process of applying for a marriage license, please follow the link to our “Apply for a Marriage License” webpage and complete all the steps listed there.
Please refer to the "Name Equality Act of 2007" for questions regarding name changes through marriage.