FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO GET MARRIED IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA:
- Choose your married name, if you plan to change your name.
- Apply for a marriage license from the Santa Clara County Clerk-Recorder’s Office.
- Give the marriage license to the person who will perform your marriage ceremony.
How do you get a copy of your marriage license in California?
- In California, you must request a copy of your marriage license because it is not automatically sent to you. Whether you are newly married or need a copy later in life, contact the County Clerk or County Recorder’s Office in the county in which the marriage occurred to get a certified copy of a marriage license.
How long does it take to get a marriage certificate in California?
It will take 6-12 weeks to receive your requested certified copies of your marriage license, but much longer if you do not file your request for certified copies at the time of your marriage.
Can I get my marriage certificate online?
Obtain your marriage certificate online or by visiting the vital records government agency in the state where the wedding ceremony took place. Ordering your marriage certificate online is the easiest way to order marriage records. Find the closest vital records office, visit OnlineVitals.com.
How do I obtain a marriage license in California?
To complete the application for a marriage license, a couple must:
- Appear together in person.
- Each person must present one form of a valid non-expired, government issued, photo identification (such as a driver’s license or passport).
- If divorced within the last 90 days, please provide a copy of the divorce decree.
How much is a marriage certificate in California?
California marriage license fee is $35 – $105. Legal age to marry is 18. No waiting period, blood test or residency requirements.
How do I request a marriage certificate?
Married in the U.S.: How to Get a Certified Copy of a Marriage Certificate. Contact the state vital records office. They may direct you to the clerk of the city or county where the license was issued or to another local office.
Can I get a California marriage license online?
Appointments are required. Complete the Marriage License Online Application (recommended). OR fill out the Marriage License Printable Application and bring it to your appointment.
How much does a marriage certificate cost?
Typical costs: A legal marriage certificate costs anywhere from $5 to $26 for the first copy. Fees vary by state, with additional copies of the same certificate running $3 to $15 each. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website lists typical marriage certificate costs by state.
Can you get married without a marriage license in California?
In order to be legally married in California, first a couple must obtain a marriage license and then they must have a wedding ceremony within 90 days. In order for the marriage license to be valid, it must be used within the 90 days and signed by a proper officiant.
How long does it take to get a marriage certificate?
When mailing a certified copy of a Marriage Certificate, we send it using first class mail through the United States Postal Service, and it is usually received within two weeks. If you have not received your request within two weeks, please contact the Recorder’s Office at 775-328-3660.
Do you need witnesses to get married in California?
You must have at least one witness present at your ceremony. There is no age requirement in California for witnesses, however, they must be old enough to know that they are witnessing a marriage ceremony, AND be able to sign their name on the official marriage license.
Do you need a blood test to get married in California?
California marriage licenses are only valid for 90 days, so you must obtain your marriage license within the 90 days immediately prior to your wedding date. No blood test is required. There is no waiting period. The clerk will give you your license immediately.