What is the difference between a public marriage license and a confidential marriage license. Which is better?
So it’s time to get married and you have to make a choice of what type of marriage license to get CONFIDENTIAL or PUBLIC.
Let me break down the difference between the two so you can make an educated choice.
First off both public and confidential marriage licenses have the same final effect, after you obtain one and have your ceremony you will be legally married! They’re both just as legal and enforceable for any use and need. Both can be issued by the County Clerks Office in any county in California.
Public Marriage License
A public marriage license requires one or two witnesses to sign the marriage license. The license is recorded and made a matter of public record. Once it’s recorded ANYONE can get a copy; You, your friends, your family, your employers, every telemarketer, and Chester the Identity Thief can get a copy. Since it is a matter of public record it is exactly that.
Confidential Marriage License
A confidential marriage license (we issue these) requires no witnesses to sign the license. Only the Officiant and the couple will be signing the document. The marriage license is recorded but is only accessible by the couple. No one else can go down to the county or do a record search and find that document.Yaaaa!!
These days with identity theft issues we recommend getting a confidential marriage license to all our couples.
Many counties in California have appointed specialized notaries (LIKE US) who act as agents for the county clerks office to issue only the confidential marriage license.
It’s like what AAA does for the DMV. We are Specialized Notaries for LA County
Our Specialized Notaries
Great Officiants has several specialized notaries on the team. They can issue marriage licenses to couples who are getting married anywhere in California. it can be delivered anywhere in the state or it can be issued at our Long Beach facility.
To apply for your Marriage License through us simply go to the application page. Click here now.
If you have any questions feel free to give us a call at 562-435-4000.