The department will be opening the Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana on Valentine’s Day from 9 am to 2 pm for marriage ceremonies only. In order to take advantage of this opportunity couples must obtain their marriage license, pre-pay for their ceremony and make an appointment prior to 3 pm, February 11 at one of our locations. For more details, click here.

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.


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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February 3, 2016  Clerk-Recorder to Offer Valentine's Day Marriage CeremoniesFor those looking to tie the knot on Valentine’s Day, look no further. To accommodate couples, Orange County Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen will be opening the Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana on this Valentine’s Day from 9 am to 2 pm to perform marriage ceremonies only, even though the special day falls on a Sunday.
December 23, 2015  Clerk-Recorder Named One of 2015's 100 Most Influential in Orange County

Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen was named one of Orange County’s 100 Most Influential by The Orange County Register. He has influenced the way county government operates by opening his offices to the public one Saturday per month, making his department’s services more accessible to working families.

November 25, 2015  Special Saturday Hours Planned for December 19Plan now to take advantage of Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen’s special Saturday hours this upcoming Saturday, December 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana and the department’s branch offices in downtown Fullerton and at the Laguna Hills Civic Center.
November 2, 2015  Clerk-Recorder Lifts Restrictions on Vital Records CopiesAfter months of hard work, Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen is pleased to announce that his department has been able to secure a steady source of banknote paper and will be lifting all restrictions on orders of birth, death and marriage certificates immediately.