Our offices will be open on select Saturdays throughout the year at our three major locations. Appointments are available for marriage licenses, ceremonies and passport services. Please click on the desired service below for opening dates over the next six months and to make an appointment.
Click here for more detailed information or call us at (714) 834-2500.

Please note that the historic courtroom on the 3rd floor of the Old County Courthouse is currently undergoing repairs and will not be available for marriage ceremonies until early 2017.


Welcome to the Clerk-Recorder Department. We encourage you to browse our website and learn more about the services our department provides. Please note that we have locations in the following cities: Fullerton, Laguna Hills, Santa Ana and Westminster. For maps and directions, click on the "Office Locations" button to the left.

Our office handles property records, marriage licenses and ceremonies, birth and death certificates, and many other services. We also oversee the Orange County Archives, where materials detailing the history of Orange County can be found.

Thank you for visiting our website. We look forward to serving you.


Hugh Nguyen
Orange County Clerk-Recorder

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November 28, 2016  Clerk-Recorder to Open December 17 to Top-off Another Successful Year of Special Saturday Openings(Santa Ana, CA ) -If you are looking to get married before the end of 2016 and can’t make it to the Clerk-Recorder Department’s offices during normal operating hours, then you need to take advantage of the department’s last Saturday opening for 2016. Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen will be opening his offices in Fullerton, Laguna Hills and the Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana on Saturday December 17, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
October 25, 2016  Clerk-Recorder Unveils New Ceremony Room During Another Successful Special Saturday Opening(Santa Ana, CA) --- This past Saturday, October 22, Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen hosted his monthly special Saturday hours and surprised many couples with the unveiling of a new ceremony room at the department’s Marriage and Passport Services Unit, inside the Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana. Three department locations were open for the monthly event, including: the Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana, the North County branch office in downtown Fullerton and the South County Branch office in Laguna Hills.
October 14, 2016  Clerk-Recorder to Unveil New Ceremony Room at the Old County CourthouseClerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen will be unveiling a new marriage ceremony room inside the historic Old Orange County Courthouse. He will be hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 22nd at 12 PM, during the department’s monthly special Saturday hours which will take place between 10 AM and 3 PM. The new ceremony room will be used to better address the consistently high demand for civil wedding ceremonies.
June 28, 2016  Clerk-Recorder to Streamline Real Property Recording Services at Department's Branch OfficesClerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen is pleased to announce the implementation of a pilot program, which aims to streamline real property recording services at his department’s branch office in Fullerton. The main feature of this pilot program is the stationing of a recordable document examiner at the branch office during regular business hours. The document examiner will examine walk-in customers’ documents on the spot. This will drastically reduce the time it takes to record a document at the branch office.