Welcome to CaliforniaMarriageLicense.org
Before exchanging rings, you'll need a California marriage license. Every marriage license is issued by a county court judge or a clerk of the circuit court. Marriage licenses are issued by counties and you can apply for your license at your local county clerk's office. A California marriage certificate is issued AFTER the ceremony. The certificate is what legalizes the marriage.Read more
The Difference Between a Marriage License and a Marriage Certificate
Learn more about the purpose of each document. Read more
The Difference Between a Public and Confidential Wedding
In California you may choose to keep your wedding confidential. Read more
Replacing Your California Marriage License or Marriage Certificate
If your California marriage license or certificate has been lost, stolen, or destroyed, you'll need to get it replaced as soon as possible. Read more
Signing Your Marriage Certificate
Making a mistake in this process could nullify your marriage. Read more
Changing Your Name
If you are changing your name after getting married, you'll need proper documentation. Your name does NOT change automatically after your nuptials. Read more
Authorized Persons to Perform a Marriage in California
Maybe you've decided to have someone other than an ordained minister legally officiate your wedding ceremony. There might be more choices than you're aware of. Read more
We've put together a Marriage License Packet to assist you with the California marriage license process, as well as offer you helpful information on a myriad of marriage topics.
Click here to access the Marriage License Packet. Prior to visiting your local County Clerk of Court offices, review these 10 Helpful Drivers License Tips:
1. Find the closest California County Courthouse (Clerk of Court) office.
2. Confirm the office hours.
3. Make an Appointment - Appointments are available at all offices.
4. Avoid Mondays and Fridays, the best day to visit the office is mid-week (Tues, Wed, Thurs).
5. Avoid the 11:30AM- 2:00PM hours as they tend to be busy due to lunch break visitors.
6. Avoid the first and last day of the month.
7. Avoid the day after a holiday.
8. Come prepared with all required documentation to complete your requests
9. Print and fill out your forms prior to visiting
10. If you have any questions or concerns, contact your local California County Courthouse (Clerk of Court) prior to going there.