Obtaining a California Marriage License

Probably the number one question I get asked is, “How do I get a marriage license?”  It seems like the hardest part of getting married, but it is actually probably one of the easiest parts.

You do not need to be a California resident to marry in California.

To marry in California, the two parties may not be already married to each other or other individuals.

You can get one of two types of marriage licenses.  Let’s break down each of them within the state of California.

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Marriage License:

You can get married in any county in CA.

Blood tests are NOT required to obtain a marriage license in California.

The license is filed by the county clerk and becomes public record.

1 or 2 witnesses required to sign at the time of the wedding.

Valid for 90 days from date of issue.  If you do not get married within 90 days, the license will no longer be valid. You must purchase a new license.

May obtain certified copy after wedding (for additional fee).

Can be obtained from county clerk’s office.

Both parties must appear in person and bring valid picture identification to the County Clerk’s Office. Valid picture identification is one that contains a photograph, date of birth, and an issue and expiration date, such as a state issued identification card, drivers license, passport, military identification, etc. Some counties may also require a copy of your birth certificate.

If you have been married before, you will need to know the specific date your last marriage ended, and how it ended (Death, Dissolution, Divorce or Nullity). Some counties may require a copy of the final judgment if your previous marriage ended by dissolution or nullity.

Confidential Marriage License:

You must get married in the county you purchased the license.

It is filed by the clerk, but it does not become public record.

Blood tests are NOT required to obtain a marriage license in California.

No witnesses are required to sign, however, a deputy or notary journal will act as a witness.

Valid for 90 days from date of issue.  If you do not get married within 90 days, the license will no longer be valid. You must purchase a new license.

May obtain a certified copy after wedding (for additional fee).

Can be obtained from a county clerk’s office or authorized notary publics

Couple must be living together as man and wife.

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Orange County Marriage License Locations

Old Orange County Courthouse
Orange County Clerk-Recorder
211 West Santa Ana Boulevard
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 834-2500
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. / M – F

South County Branch Office
Laguna Hills Civic Center
24031 El Toro Road
Suite 150
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
(714) 834-2500
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. / M – F

North County Branch Office
Downtown Fullerton
201 N. Harbor Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92832
(714) 834-2500
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. / M – F

For a full listing of California County Recorder Offices click here.

Also there is a fee for the license, it is roughly $70.00.

I hope this will make it a little bit easier.

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