In the state of California, your marriage license is
good for 90 days. A public license is a matter of public
record, and may be used throughout the state of California,
in any county. Most people file for a public license. A
confidential license is not open to public inspection
without a court order, and is good only in the county in
which it is issued. License fees in most counties range from
tests are no longer required.
parties must appear together to obtain a license. Both
parties must be at least 18 years old, or otherwise have
a guardian's consent. Both parties must have a valid
photo I.D. such as a driver's license, military I.D. or
- If you
have been married before, you must know the exact date
your previous marriage ended. Some counties require a
certified copy of the final judgement if it occurred
within the previous 12 months.
must have your ceremony within 90 days of
- You do
not have to be a resident of California to get a marriage
receive the marriage license on the spot. It takes about
45 minutes to 1 hour.
ceremony, the license is completed by the person performing
the ceremony and is to be returned to the issuing office
within 4 days after the ceremony. Once the issuing office
receives the license and verifies that it is correct, the
marriage is registered.
Certified copies of the certificate may be ordered from the
issuing office, which usually provides an order form when
you obtain the license. You will need a certified copy if
you are going to change your name on your driver's license,
and sometimes to change or add names to financial
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