Frequently Asked Questions
Both parties who get are getting married must be at least 18 years old to apply for a confidential marriage license. Minors may NOT purchase a confidential marriage license.
The couple must be living together. Beginning January 1, 2015, the ceremony may take place anywhere in the state of California.
No witnesses are required.
To marry in California, the two parties may not be already married to each other or other individuals.
Both parties must appear in person and bring valid picture identification. Valid picture identification is one that contains a photograph, date of birth, and an issue and expiration date, such as a state issued identification card, drivers license, passport, military identification, etc.
Some counties may also require a copy of your birth certificate.
Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed.
If you need to change your last name, you can use an on-line marriage name change kit.
If you have been married before, you will need to know the specific date your last marriage ended, and how it ended (Death, Dissolution, Divorce or Nullity).
Some counties may require a copy of the final judgment if your previous marriage ended by dissolution or nullity.
Marriage licenses are valid for 90 days from the date of issuance.
If you do not get married (wedding Ceremony) within 90 days, the license will no longer be valid. You must purchase a new license.