Eligibility Requirements

Overview

  1. Both parties must appear together in-person at one of our office locations when the license is issued.

  2. Parties must present valid photo identification as proof of name and date of birth.  Acceptable forms of I.D. are:

    • Driver’s License

    • Passport

    • Military I.D.

    • Resident Alien Card

  3. Parties must be unmarried.  You may not be already married to each other or other individuals.

  4. If either party was previously married or in a State Registered Domestic Partnership (SRDP), you must provide the exact date the previous marriage or SRDP ended and how it ended (death, dissolution, divorce, or nullity).  Note:  An SRDP need not be dissolved prior to the issuance of a marriage license if the parties to the SRDP and the parties to the marriage are same.

  5. If the previous marriage or SRDP ended by dissolution, divorce, or nullity within the past 90 days, you must present a copy of the final judgment issued by the court.

  6. Parties living together as spouses who meet the required conditions may request a confidential marriage license.

  7. You do not need to be a U.S. citizen or California resident to apply for a marriage license.

  8. Blood tests and health certificates are not required to obtain a marriage license.

Under 18 Years of Age

Persons under the age of 18 must present notarized Parent or Guardian Consent Statement and a certified copy of the court order granting the minor permission to obtain a marriage license.  Emancipated minors are not exempt from this requirement.

Inmate Marriage

There are specific procedures for inmate marriages. Please call (916) 874-6131 for details. 

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