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How do We get Our Marriage License

 

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If you are getting Married in California and want to avoid the lines and hassle of the County offices... We can help.

We are authorized to issue Marriage Licenses for weddings that take place in California.

To apply For Your Marriage License CLICK HERE .

Our mobile notaries can issue you your license at our Long Beach office for $155.*

Or it can be delivered to you from $225.**

Your Marriage License is basically the County giving you permission to get married. Once you obtain the Marriage license, you have 90 days from the issue date to get married.

The information below will show you what you need to know and what documents to bring with you before you apply for a Marriage License in California.
We recommend getting your license out of the way about a month before your wedding date so you don't have to worry about it at the last minute.

*if we are not performing your ceremony, add $20.

**if we are not performing your ceremony, add $25.

Additional travel fee may apply, depending on your location.

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To obtain a Marriage License, the following is Required.

Click on the appropRiate tab for information:

 

There are 3 ways to get a Marriage License.

1st: If you are getting married in California, we can Issue you the license in our Long Beach Office. It is a simple process and will take 15 minutes. We can do this 24/7.

2nd: If you are getting Married in California, we can deliver the Marriage license to you at any location. We are available to do this 24/7.

3rd: Go to your Local County Clerk's office and stand in line from 15 minutes to an hour and a half to obtain your license. Most are open Monday thru Friday from 8:30 AM to 3 PM.

IF YOU ARE GETTING MARRIED IN California, WE CAN ISSUE YOU THE LICENSE.

Click Here to Apply for your License Now

The Couple MUST appear TOGETHER.

Both MUST be over 18. If under 18 a court order must be obtained.(this type of license can only be issued by the County)

MUST have current valid identification.

If in the last two years you were previously married or in a domestic partnership, a copy of your divorce decree, annulment decree or death certificate or SDRP termination will be required.

The purpose of identification presented by individuals purchasing a marriage license is twofold: namely, to prove the individual is who he/she claims to be and that he/she is of legal age to marry in this state.

The forms of identification below contain both the photo and birthdate.

Each Person Must bring one of the following:

 

ALL IDENTIFCATION MUST BE CURRENT AND NOT EXPIRED.

EXPIRED ID WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED IN ANY CASE

  • Driver's License issued by any State in the US (international Driver Licenses not accepted)
  • California ID or other US State Identification Card
  • Military service or Military Dependent Identification Card
  • United States Passport
  • International Passport
  • Alien Registration Card (formally known as a Green Card)

 

Matricula Consular Process:

  • Matricula Consular. Note: Will be acceptable only if all of required information is on card, such as date of birth and picture. A birth certificate is required with every Matricula Card accepted and all birth certificates must be translated into English, no exceptions.
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  • The retainer is $195 to book, instead of $120. This extra $75 goes towards the translation of the document.

    The person with the Matricula must also provide us with their birth certificate. We can accept physical documents, or scans of the documents. The birth certificate must have all the official stamps, seals, etc. on it.

    We will then send the birth certificate for translation, which takes about 1 week. We will notify you when the translation is complete.

 

If you do not bring the appropriate documentation, you will NOT be issued a marriage license.

The Following Items are NOT needed to get a Marriage License:

 

A blood test or health certificate is NOT required to obtain a marriage license.

There is NO residence or citizenship status requirement.

You do not need to live in California, Los Angeles or the United States to qualify for a marriage license.

Anyone from anywhere in the world with proper Identification can marry in California.

COUNTY CLERK LOCATIONS

Call and confirm the information before you go to the County as their information and hours change often.

 

LOS ANGELES COUNTY

NORWALK: 12400 Imperial Highway Norwalk (562) 462-2137 Hrs: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

BEVERLY HILLS: 9355 Burton Way, 1st Floor Beverly Hills (310) 288-1261 Hrs: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

LANCASTER: 44509 16th Street West, Suite 101 Lancaster (661) 945-6446 Hrs: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

LAX AREA: 11701 S. La Cienega Blvd, 6th Floor LAX Courthouse (310) 727-6142 Hrs: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

DOWNTOWN: 4716 East Cesar Chavez Avenue Los Angeles (323) 260-2991 Hrs: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

COMPTON: 7807 S. Compton Avenue, Room 215 Los Angeles (323) 586-6192 Hrs: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

VAN NUYS: 14340 West Sylvan Street Van Nuys (818) 374-7176 Hrs: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

CATALINA: Catalina Branch Court Avalon (310) 510-0026 (Call for appointment)

The fee is $90 for a regular license and $85 for a confidential license. You may apply for your license with the County by completing your marriage application online by clicking HERE

 

ORANGE COUNTY

There are 3 Orange County Locations to get your license:

Old County Courthouse at 211 West Santa Ana Boulevard in Room 201. It is the large red brick building. Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on holidays.

Laguna Hills Civic Center 24031 El Toro Road, Suite 150 Laguna Hills Hours: 9am to 4pm Monday through Friday

North County branch - Downtown Fullerton 201 N. Harbor Blvd. Fullerton, CA 92832

Main Phone: (714) 834-2500.

FEES: Standard Marriage licenses $ 61.50 Confidential Marriage licenses $ 66.25

For their license application click HE RE  

 

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

RIVERSIDE (Gateway) 2720 & 2724 Gateway Dr. Riverside, CA 92507 Monday thru Friday, 8am-4:30pm (951)486-7000

RIVERSIDE (Downtown) 4080 Lemon St, 1st Floor Riverside, CA 92502-2204 Monday thru Friday, 8am-4:30pm (951)486-7000

HEMET 880 N. State Street, Suite B-6 Hemet, CA 92543-1496 Monday thru Friday, 8:00am-12 Noon/ 1:00pm-4:00pm (951)486-7000

BLYTHE 270 N Broadway Blythe, CA 92225-1608 Monday and Wednesday ONLY, from 8am-12pm & 1pm-4pm (760)921-5050

INDIO 82675 Highway 111, Room 113 Indio, CA 92201-5994 Monday thru Friday, 8am-3:30pm (760)863-8732

TEMECULA 41002 County Center Drive, #230 Temecula, CA 92591-6027 Monday thru Friday, 8am-3:30pm (951)486-7000

For their license application click HERE

The fee for a public marriage license is $68.00 The fee for a confidential marriage license is $76.00

 

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

San Bernardino 222 West Hospitality Lane San Bernardino, CA 92415-0022

San Bernardino County High Desert Government Center 15900 Smoke Tree Street Hesperia, CA 92345

Regular License Fee $88 Confidential License Fee $90

For their license application click HERE

Open  8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday

Toll free number  (855) 732-2575

 

VENTURA COUNTY

County Government Center in Ventura County Clerk, Hall of Administration, Main Plaza, 800 South Victoria Avenue, Ventura, CA 93009-1210 (805) 654-3788.

Marriage Licenses may be obtained 8:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday. Appointments are highly recommended.

Marriage licenses can also be obtained through the City of Fillmore Finance Department.

Please call (805)524-3701 for additional information. You can apply online for your license click HERE

 

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

Santa Barbara Hall of Records 1100 Anacapa Street Santa Barbara, CA 93102

Betteravia Govt. Center 511 East Lakeside Parkway, Suite 115 Santa Maria, CA 93455

Clerk- Recorder's Office 401 East Cypress Street, Rm 102 Lompoc, CA 93436

Open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m (Monday through Friday)

To make an appointment: call (805) 346-8370 in Santa Maria or (805) 737-7706 Regular marriage license . . . . . . .$87.00 Confidential marriage license . . . $95.00

For their license application click HERE

The marriage license is your permission to be married, when you provide it to your Officiant on the day of the wedding (free of any stains or wrinkles); your Officiant will sign and file the license with the county. Your Officiant is required to return the license to the county where it was issued within 10 days of the ceremony.

To Get Copies of your Marriage Record

FOR LA COUNTY MARRIAGE LICENSES

If you Obtained your marriage license from the LA County Clerk’s Office and you pre-ordered the certified copies the county will mail them to you within 8 weeks. If you did not pre-order them they will be available for pickup in 6 weeks.

If you want them mailed to you, you can fill out a request for marriage record form along with a notarized certificate of identity form along with a check to the county for $15 for each copy. These forms are available online at the county’s website.

If one of our notaries issued you the marriage license and the appropriate check was attached to the request forms the county will mail them to you within 8 weeks.

ORANGE- SAN BERNARDINO-RIVERSIDE-SAN DIEGO-VENTURA & OTHER COUNTIES

The copies should be available for you to pick up in 3-4 weeks.

If you want them mailed to you, you can fill out a request for marriage record form along with a notarized certificate of identity form and a check payable to that county for $15 for each copy. These forms are available online at each county’s website.

SPECIAL NOTES

Once your license is submitted to the County, your Officiant and Great Officiants has no access to the documents. If you have pre-ordered them and have not received them after 8 weeks, please do not contact Great Officiants. First, please contact the LA County Clerk at (562) 462-2189 to check the status or If you obtained them in a different county, contact the county clerk’s office where you obtained the license.

The county will ask you for your marriage license #, this can be found on line 25e of your customer copy if provided. If your county does not provide you with a customer copy. Please make a copy of your marriage license for your records.

If the county needs the officiant and/or the notary to make corrections with a duplicate or amendment, we will do our best to guide thru this process. If there are any other issues we will quickly help you resolve the issue to the best of our abilities.

How to Change Your Name

If you requested to change your name on the marriage license, this information applies to you

Once you receive the certified copies from the county clerk’s office you can then start the name change process.

You must first go to Social Security (SSA) and then to the DMV. See below for further instructions.

  • To change your name at SSA:
    • You must fill out and print an Application for a Social Security Card. The application may be found here: https://www.ssa.gov/forms/ss-5.pdf
    • Take your application and documents to your local Social Security office.
    • You must show the required documents:
      • Recorded Marriage Certificate (not the customer copy)
      • Current form of ID: a U.S. State ID, U.S. Driver’s License, OR U.S. Passport.
    • Please also note: If you have not already established U.S. citizenship with SSA, you will need to show proof of this; SSA will accept the following as proof of citizenship: original U.S. birth certificate OR U.S. passport.
  • To change your name on your driver’s license or ID you will need to visit your local DMV office and:
  • Complete a Driver License or ID card Application (Form DL 44).
    • Get the form in person at the DMV or have it mailed to you by calling (800) 777-0133.
  • Provide your marriage certificate as your proof of name change.
  • Surrender your old CA driver’s license or ID.
  • You will also need to pay a fee of $27 or $29.

 

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