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California Marriage License Laws & Guidelines


Marriage licenses are valid throughout the state of California, except Confidential licenses that must be obtained in the county in which the wedding is performed. These apply to those 18 years or older only.

What are the requirements to obtain a marriage license?

  • NO BLOOD TEST IS REQUIRED.
  • The Bride and Groom-to-be must be at least 18 years old, and must appear together - no exceptions.
  • Both the Bride and Groom-to-be must have valid identification.
  • All marriage licenses are valid for only 90 days before the wedding.
  • License cost varies by county. You should contact your County Clerk's administrative office for current pricing.
  • Know your parents' names, mother's maiden name and places of birth.
  • Bring a certified copy of final divorce decree if you have divorced within the past 12 months.

For Confidential Licenses:

  • Must have lived together as husband and wife.
  • License cost varies by county. You should contact your County Clerk's administrative office for current pricing.
  • Can be issued only in the county where the wedding is to be performed.
  • Since there is no public record, if your file is lost or accidentally destroyed, there will be NO PUBLIC RECORD of your license. If you should need a copy, both of you must appear in person. If you should move, you cannot obtain a copy by mail.
  • Domestic Partnership Certificates are available in San Francisco and Marin Counties only. One partner must live or work in that county and both must have photo ID.

Under 18

If either party is under 18, at least one of the minor's parents, or his or her legal guardian, must appear with the couple. An appointment with a counselor and appearance before a superior court judge must be scheduled. Ask the clerk for more information.

Ceremonies

Each county offers civil ceremonies performed by a judge or commissioner. The cost is approximately $30.00. For additional information call your County Clerk's office.


Where to Obtain Your Marriage License:

  • ALAMEDA COUNTY
    24405 Amador Street, Rm. 108
    Hayward, CA

    $67/77
    8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    (510) 670-5060

  • ALAMEDA COUNTY
    39439 Paseo Padre Pkwy., Rm. 100
    Freemont, CA

    $67/NA
    8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    (510) 795-2328

  • ALAMEDA COUNTY
    1106 Madison St.
    Oakland, CA

    $79
    8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    (510) 272-6363

  • CONTRA COSTA COUNTY
    822 Main Street
    Martinez, CA
    $64
    8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    (925) 646-2956

  • MARIN COUNTY
    3501 Civic Center Dr., Rm. 247
    San Rafael, CA

    $75/82
    9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    (415) 499-3003

  • MONTEREY COUNTY
    240 Church St.
    Salinas, CA

    $69
    8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    (831) 755-5450

  • NAPA COUNTY
    900 Combs St., Rm. 128
    Napa, CA
    $70

    8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    (707) 253-4246

  • SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
    701 Ocean Street, Rm. 230
    Santa Cruz, CA

    $60
    8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    (331) 454-2470

  • SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY
    875 Stevenson St., Rm. 100
    San Francisco, CA
    $82
    8 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    (415) 554-4950

  • SAN MATEO COUNTY
    555 County Center, 1st Fl.
    Redwood City, CA

    $49/$71
    8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    (650) 363-4712

  • SANTA CLARA COUNTY
    70 West Hedding St., 1st Floor
    San Jose, CA

    $76
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    (408) 299-5664

  • SONOMA COUNTY
    2300 County Center Dr., Suite B-177
    Santa Rosa, CA
    $80
    8 a.m. - 4p.m.

    (707) 565-3700


  • SOLANO COUNTY
    600 Texas Street, Rm. 105
    Fairfield, CA
    $63
    8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    (707) 421-7485


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