Marriage License


Marriage License

Marriage License

A license that a couple must obtain prior to getting married. In other words, you will not be legally married by your minister, justice of the peace, priest etc without it.

  • You do not need to be a California resident or citizen.
  • The couple must be single (not married).
  • Must be 18 years of age or older (for minors, contact the county recorder office)
  • The couple, officiant, and witness (if applicable) must be physically present together in the same location.
  • Blood tests are not required.
  • The couple must appear in person and bring a valid and current government issued picture identification to the County Clerk’s office to apply for a marriage license.
  • Marriage licenses are valid for 90 days from the date of issuance. You must get married within those 90 days in order for your marriage to be valid.

We are not able to issue marriage licenses. You will need to obtain your marriage license separately from your local county’s clerk-recorder office. All packages include completing and mailing your marriage license.

For more information on where to obtain your marriage license, click on the office closes to you:

  • Riverside County (951) 955-6200
  • San Bernardino County (909) 387-8306 or (760) 995-8065
  • Los Angeles County (562) 462-2137
  • Orange County (714) 834-2500San Diego County (619) 237-0502
  • Both parties must be 18 years of age or older.
  • The marriage license is registered at the County Recorder’s Office in the county where the license was purchased, and is a public record.
  • Anyone may request copies of the marriage certificate by submitting the required fee and information to the County Recorder.
  • The ceremony can take place anywhere within the State of California.
  • You must have at least one witness present at your ceremony.
  • Both parties must 18 years of age or older.
  • Both parties must swear in writing that they are currently living together as spouses.
  • The marriage ceremony may be performed within the State of California.
  • No witness are required to be present at your ceremony.
  • Your license is not public record. Only the couple may request a copy of the license.

The county will ask you to provide dissolution of a State Registered Domestic Partnership and a copy of the FINAL Dissolution. In order words, divorce papers. The divorce paperwork does not need to be certified.

Couples will not automatically receive a copy of their certified marriage record after the wedding unless you paid and requested it in advance. We recommend you wait approximately one month from the date of your wedding in order to request your certificate. Keep in mind that your certificate is only available at the same county of where you obtained it.


You may choose to pick up in-person or request it through the mail (any mail request must be notarized by a notary public).



  • Pick up your marriage license a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the date of your wedding.
  • The county will issue same day marriage license (if you provide the necessary documentation).
  • Marriage license typically expire within 90 days of obtaining your license.
  • Do not wait until the last minute!
  • Call the county prior to your appointment.
  • Bring your valid government issued ID the day of your appointment.
  • Written consent must be provided by one parent (or legal guardian).
  • Must obtain permission from California Superior Court Judge in order to marry.
  • We are not able to perform “legal” ceremony.
  • Minor may NOT obtain a confidential marriage license.

Not all Counties are created equally therefore do not limit yourself to where you live. Some Counties are issuing licenses online through web (such as zoom), by appointment or walk-ins.


If you have any questions about obtaining your license or other legalities, I am happy to assist you in any way I can but your county clerks office is probably your best bet.