California Divorce Records Search

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California Divorce Records Search Options

Every time a couple files for divorce in California, their information is considered public. Their California divorce records become easily available online so that those who need to see the records can do so with the simple click of a few buttons. The same goes for obtaining certified copies. These records, along with land records, marriage records, and other records are all a matter of public record. All personal information, such as Social Security Numbers and contact information, is kept private. However, California law allows anyone to view and obtain divorce records if need be. To begin your California Divorce Records Search enter a first and last name in the form above and click search.

Viewing California Divorce Records Online

The viewing process is simple. To see a California divorce record online, you need only spend a few minutes gathering the basic information.

– Names of the parties involved in the divorce
– County in which the divorce was granted

Once you have this information on hand, you?ll search the County Clerk website in the county where the divorce took place. It requires nothing more than entering only one name from the divorce into the search box to find the divorce certificate. If it?s not available, you?ll want to try a different spelling of the names on the divorce record or a different county. All divorce records are public, so they?re always available online.

Certified Copies of Divorce Records in California

The California Department of Public Health?s Vital Records department allows anyone to obtain a copy of a divorce record in California. They only way to obtain a copy of this record through this facility is by mail. Anyone in need of a divorce record from the vital records office must provide an application form, which is found on the department?s website. Certified copies are only available to the parties listed on the divorce record, their children, or their own parents. Otherwise, only informational copies are available to the general public.

– Your name
– Your address
– The names of the parties on the certificate
– The sworn statement
– $15 for each copy you request

This information is available online, and it?s to be mailed to the vital statistic?s office as listed on the application. The processing time for a copy using this method takes 3 to 6 weeks.

Copies can be obtained faster and in person by visiting the local California county clerk?s office or recorder?s office in the county where the divorce was granted. It?s imperative to keep in mind the fees in person might differ from those offered by the vital statistic?s office, and not all county clerk offices take the same methods of payment. Call to inquire about the details and the specifics, and be sure to bring with you a copy of your photo identification if you hope to receive a divorce record.

Obtaining a copy whether it?s certified or informational is a personal decision, but anyone is welcome to obtain either if they pay the fee and present the proper paperwork. Records are on file from as early as 1905, and records from before then are not available.

California Divorce Records Search

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  1. says:

    Majorie, if you need a copy of your California divorce certificate you will want to contact the clerk of the courts in the county where you filed for divorce. They will be able to assist you with obtaining a copy. If you remember the actual courthouse you can typically order a certified copy of your CA divorce certificate on their website and have it mailed to you for a nominal fee

  2. says:

    Need copies of devorice

  3. says:

    Kimbra, thank you for the update on the broken link. We have fixed the California divorce record link destination

  4. says:

    When I click on Calidornia divorce records it takes me to Penbsylvania license look-up also.

  5. says:

    R.J., if you know the California county where you filed your divorce papers originally you can contact the clerk of the county courthouse clerk and make a request for a certified copy of your California divorce record. If you cannot remember the county then you can also try using the service They work with many courts in California and you can make your divorce certificate copy request through this website for a premium. You California divorce record will then be mailed to you, which can take several weeks.

  6. says:

    I am in need of proof of my legal name change which is contained somewhere in my divorce case documents. I need this so that I can apply for a Star Card. I have the case number and copies of TONS of documents/filings/etc. but NOT the actual signed order for name change. I changed my entire name, both first and last names.
    Is there somewhere online where I can ago to view my entire file? My attorney is no longer practicing and I live out of state.

    Thanks very much for any advice/information you can provide!

  7. says:

    Thank you for the specifics Rick. We will have our website developers correct any incorrect hyperlinks in this article. Below are a couple of resources you can use in the meantime to procure the California Divorce Records you are interested in.

    How Do Get A Copy Of My California Divorce Papers?

    1. Visit the website, this resource is used by the CA courts
    2. Get a copy from the CA courthouse where you filed for divorce
    3. Inquire with the California Department of Public Health
    4. Use the resources of a public record website to verify a divorce

  8. says:

    Thanks for your response, however I just tried clicking on the link below that is just a copy of what is above and the same thing happened:

    Viewing California Divorce Records Online
    The viewing process is simple. To see a California divorce record online, you need only spend a few minutes gathering the basic information.

    The part California divorce record online is highlighted which indicates a link, it is when I click on that it takes me to the Pennsylvania License Plate site.
    Is there another link somewhere else on the page that I can click on that will take me to the search engine for the divorce records?


  9. says:

    We appreciate the feedback about our California Divorce Record Search however we were unable to recreate the problem you mentioned. Everything seems to be working fine if you want to try your search again.

  10. says:

    Every time I click on your link to look at the California divorce records it takes me to the Pennsylvania License plate site.

  11. says:

    In order to obtain a certified copy of your California Divorce Records you will want to contact the San Diego county courthouse where your divorce took place and inquire with the court clerk about obtaining a copy of your divorce records. Another option, where you can obtain certified copies of vital records, including your California Divorce Records, is to use the service

  12. says:

    I am trying to get a drivers license in Florida….and even though I have had one in Georgia and driven for 42 years without so much as a ticket…They want a copy of my divorce records for which I have long since thrown away as I have been married to my present husband for 37 years. How do I obtain them from California? I do not even remember the date of my previous marriages or divorces. Without that information no one seems able to help me. The divorces were in San Diego County. Thank you for any help you can give me.

Last Updated: 2016-12-15

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