Marriage Records

Finding a Marriage Record

Napa Valley Genealogical Society

The Society library has bound volumes of Napa County Marriage Index, 1850-1975. Although some records are available as early as 1850, please remember that many marriages were not recorded prior to 1905. Look-up requests by phone or email at no charge.

Also available at the library: Baptist, LDS, Lutheran, Methodist and Presbyterian records for churches in the City of Napa on microfilm.

California Marriage Index, 1960-1985; subscription required (access available at NVGBS Library, local Family History Centers and many public libraries.)

Family History Library Catalog

Many Napa County resources are available on microfilm from the Family History Library, including:

Napa County Recorder-Clerk’s Office

900 Coombs, Room 116, in Napa


Computers available for public use to look up Napa County Marriage Index, 1850-present. For marriages after 1975, Napa Valley Genealogical and Biographical Society volunteers will perform this service for a $10/hour donation to the Society.

Ordering Marriage Certificates

Once you have found the date and the exact names for the marriage you are seeking, you may want to obtain a copy of the certificate for more detailed information.

Napa County Recorder-Clerk’s Office

Marriage Certificates can be ordered from the Napa County Recorder for $14.00. You must complete an “Application for Certified Copy” for each request. You can download the application at, search for “application for birth marriage death” and the first item will be what you need. Or, call 707-2543-4247 to request copies to be mailed to you. Although it says application for certified copy (which are restricted to certain categories of relationship and require notarization,) anyone can check the “Informational Copies” box and bypass these requirements. INSTRUCTIONS: Complete a separate application for each type of record requested. All sections must be completed in their entirety. If no record is found, the fee will be retained for searching as required by statute and a “Certificate of No Record” will be issued.

1. This application must be completed prior to conducting a search for the record and no refunds or exchanges will be made once the copy(ies) have been issued. Provide all the information you have available for the identification of the record. If the information you furnish is incomplete or inaccurate, it may be impossible to locate the record.
2. The County Recorder may provide a certified copy of a vital record to an authorized person only. If a requestor does not meet the requirement of an authorized person (as described in Health & Safety Code Section 103526), the County Recorder may only issue an informational certified copy with a legend stating “INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY.”
PAYMENT OPTIONS: Mailed/Faxed Requests: Checks drawn on a California bank; money orders for out-of-state requests; international money orders for out-of- country requests; credit cards (there is an additional processing fee of $7.00). Mail this application, along with the fee to the Napa County Recorder, PO Box 298 Napa CA 94559; for overnight delivery mail to 900 Coombs St. Ste. 116 Napa CA 94559. FAX form to: 707-259- 8149. Walk-in customers may apply between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

Marriage certificates can be ordered online from VitalChek. The fee is $21.00.