How to apply for marriage license?

What's the process into applying for a marriage license?? Where do I go?

Posted on February 6, 2011 at 1:36 pm
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General Requirements:


- No blood tests are required in California

- Parties to the marriage must appear together

- Authentic photo identification as to name and date of birth is required

- If divorce or terminated State Registered Domestic Partnership (SRDP) is final within past 90 days, must bring copy of final judgment

- License good for 90 days


Confidential marriage license - $90


- Parties must be living together as spouses

- Both parties must be at least 18

- Marriage must be performed in County in which license is obtained

- No witnesses required

- License is confidential

- License filed in County Clerk's Office; copies may be obtained personally by either party to the marriage only with valid photo identification and a $13 fee for a certified copy; mailed copies require either a notarized written request by either party or submission of form given to parties at time of issuance of license. Parties to the marriage may also order a certified copy on-line at http://www.vitalchek.com and following their on-line instructions for obtaining a certified copy of confidential marriage license.

- Only existence of marriage may be verified to anyone else by County Clerk upon payment of $13.00 research fee. Any other information requested would require a court order.


General Regular (public) marriage license - $75


- Marriage can be performed anywhere in California

- One witness is required

- Minors can obtain a license but require parental consent and Superior Court approval prior to the County Clerk issuing the marriage license. Contact Superior Court Family Law Division at for instructions on applying for approval.

- License is public


 


Under actions- I did a search on the boards for this! There's a few on there too :o]


Posted on February 6, 2011 at 3:09 pm
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Thanks kjam3 ! I wonder what the difference between a private and public license is? Does it even make a difference?

Posted on February 6, 2011 at 4:31 pm
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The difference is the cost I think. Where are you getting your license? L.a county? I'd go to their website for sure! When's your wedding? No problem :o]


Posted on February 6, 2011 at 5:30 pm
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This is great information because I was wondering the same thing.  More so, exactly when do we have to do.  thanks Kjam3 for posting the research.

Posted on February 8, 2011 at 1:45 pm
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L.A county. We're getting married in March. I went to their website and saw that you can get apply online, but we would still need show up to pick it up.

Posted on February 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm
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Besides the difference in cost under are:




  •  confidential license only you or DH can get a copy,also those with a court order.

  • You have to either pick up the marriage license yourself 4-8 weeeks after you are married, or send in a notarized letter with your signature requesting it.



We opted for a confidential license.

Posted on February 9, 2011 at 7:30 am
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Thank you Linzee :o) You're welcome Tomeeka


Posted on February 9, 2011 at 1:40 pm
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Linzee  Thanks for the info! So in order to get our confidential license we need to personally pick it up, or get a notorized letter...I should get on that. I'd rather get a notorized letter, than having to wait in another line.


-I worry that I'll even make it to the office on time. The earliest I can get there is 3 pm, which is cutting it short.

Posted on February 9, 2011 at 2:44 pm
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We took ours back in person and they mailed it to us.  Didn't have to get it notarized.

Posted on February 10, 2011 at 10:02 am

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