No appointment is necessary for a marriage license—show up at the Clerk-Recorder's Office with your future spouse and:
- Fill out a marriage license application using the Clerk-Recorder’s public computers or fill out an application online before you arrive.
- After you submit your application, get a service ticket and wait to be called to meet with a Vital Records Clerk.
- At the Clerk's window, present valid personal identification (driver’s license, passport, permanent resident card).
If you don't have valid id, you can provide two Credible Witnesses—friends or family members who have valid personal identification and can sign an affidavit verifying your identity. The fee for Credible Witnesses is $20.
- Pay the license fee:
|Standard Marriage License
|Confidential Marriage License
Pay with cash, check, or credit/debit card
$2.50 convenience fee for credit and debit cards
When you get your license, you need to complete your marriage ceremony within 90 days in the state of California. If you aren’t married within the 90-day period, you’ll have to apply for another license.
You can be married by:
- Clerk-Recorder's Office (marriage commissioner or vital-records clerk)
- Deputized relative or friend (one-day deputy commissioner)
The county has a dedicated wedding chapel you can rent for your marriage ceremony.
Return your signed marriage license to the Clerk-Recorder's Office within 10 business days of being married. When the Clerk-Recorder's Office receives and records the license, it becomes a marriage certificate.
You can usually purchase a copy of your marriage certificate two business days after your marriage license is recorded by the Clerk-Recorder's Office.