You’ve set your date, found your venue, chosen the bridal party, and you’ve even hired a wedding planner… Is there anything else that you’re forgetting??? Oh Yeah… your Marriage License.

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In order to be able to get married in the state of California, you first need to obtain a marriage license.

 

Here are few tips on what you need to do to obtain your marriage license for Your Big Day

 

•  You DO NOT need to be a California resident to marry in California
•  To marry in California, the two parties to the marriage may not be already married
•  Marriage by proxy is NOT allowed in California
•  Marriage licenses are valid for 90 days from the date of issuance. If you do not get married within 90 days you must purchase a new license
•  Blood tests are NOT required to obtain a marriage license in California
•  Both parties must appear in person and bring valid picture ID to the County Clerk’s Office to apply for a marriage license in California. (Valid picture ID is one that contains a photography, date of birth, issue and expiration date. You can use the following: state issued ID, Driver’s license, passport, and military ID. Some counties may also require a copy of your birth certificate

 

Some fees to obtain a marriage license are:

 

  •   Public Marriage License $91
  •   Confidential Marriage License $85
  •   Civil Ceremony $35

 

For further information you can visit the County Clerk’s Office website for a list of locations nearest you:

http://www.lavote.net/home/county-clerk/marriage-licenses-ceremonies/apply-for-a-marriage-license/apply

For more information regarding obtaining marriage license you can visit:

http://www.cdph.ca.gov/certlic/birthdeathmar/Pages/MarriageLicenseInformation.aspx

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