Marriage License Requirements

Overview

  1. You must appear together in-person at one of our office locations (About Us / Contact) to purchase the license.
  2. You do not need to be a U.S. citizen or California resident to apply for a marriage license.
  3. You both must present valid, government-issued photo identification. Examples of acceptable ID:
    • Driver's License
    • Passport
    • Consular ID Card (Matricula)
    • Military ID
    • Permanent Resident Card
  4. You must be unmarried. You cannot be currently married to each other or other individuals.
  5. If you were previously married or in a State Registered Domestic Partnership (SRDP), you must provide the exact date (month, day, and year) the previous marriage or SRDP ended and how it ended (death, dissolution, divorce, or nullity). Note: if you are currently in an SRDP with each other you do not need to dissolve the partnership before purchasing your marriage license.
  6. If the previous marriage or SRDP ended by dissolution/divorce or nullity within the past 90 days, you must present proof of the dissolution.

Minors

If you are under the age of 18, you must present a certified copy of the court order granting you permission to obtain a marriage license. Emancipated minors are not exempt from this requirement. For more information contact the Family Law Division of Superior Court.

Public License vs. Confidential License

  • Regular (Public) License - $100
    • This is a public record and anyone may obtain a copy
    • At least one witness is required for the ceremony and they must sign the license
  • Confidential License - $111
    • Parties must be living together as spouses
    • Both parties must be at least 18 years old
    • No witness is required for the wedding ceremony or to sign the license
    • Copies of the record are not available to the public, however, the Clerk-Recorder's Office may confirm the existence of a record
    • Certified copies may only be issued to one of the parties to the marriage or upon court order