Before a marriage ceremony can take place, both parties must first obtain a marraige license from the County Cler-Recorder's Office. Monday through Friday 8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. A marriage license request must be completed and submitted to the clerk for the processing by 4:15 P.M. (Pacific Standard Time).
Upon arrival, proceed to the public computers located directly behind the kiosk, and enter your marriage license application information. Once the application has been completed, you will electronically submit your application and obtain a service ticket from the kiosk.
To expedite the process, you may use our Self Service to submit your application online. Following submission of the application, the couple must appear in person to finalize the issuance of the marriage license. The application will remain online up to 15 business days.
The Name Equality Act of 2007
The Name Equality Act of 2007 gives specific rights to parties at the time they are applying for a California marriage license to choose and list on the marriage license the new name that each party will go by after marriage. However, there is no time frame on when the name must be changed.
The new law pertains to marriage licenses issued on or after 01/01/2009. It does not apply to marriage licenses issued prior to 01/01/2009.
Please review the attachment below prior to obtaining your marriage license.