MODESTO — In Stanislaus County, starting Jan. 1, its going to cost $1 more for a marriage license, and the fee for a birth certificate will increase $5.
The county clerk-recorder announced a number of 2014 fee increases for vital records and other documents maintained by the office at 1021 I St. in downtown Modesto.
State laws allow the county to adjust the fees based on costs of providing the documents to the public.
Next year, the clerk-recorder will charge $76 to issue a marriage license, $28 for birth certificates and $15 for confidential marriage certificates. Death certificates will cost $21, up from $16. The office will charge $19 to provide birth records for any government agency and $18 for fetal death certificates.
The public can view records and obtain copies from the clerk-recorder from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. The office accepts cash payments, as well as cashier checks, personal checks, money orders, and debit or credit cards.
The clerk-recorder also collects California Environmental Quality Act fees from development projects proposed in Stanislaus County. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife uses the revenue to defray costs of managing fish and wildlife resources. The state can legally adjust the filing fees annually.
In January, the cost for filing a negative declaration will be $2,181, an increase of $25. The filing charge for an environmental impact report will be $3,030, about a $35 jump, and a certified regulatory program document will cost $1,030.