There are two types of Marriage Licenses:
- Public Marriage License (detailed above):
You can get married anywhere in the State of California.
- Confidential Marriage License:
Same as Public License, except that there is no public record of the license. It is generally used by high-profile couples, law enforcement, private detectives, or by anyone who wants complete privacy. The marriage license contains a lot of personal information. I can issue the license for an additional fee (See Fee Schedule). Click here for an application.
Certified Copy of Marriage License:
The Certified Copy is needed to legally change names on all important documents, such as social security, bank accounts, safety deposit boxes, medical and life insurance records, deeds of property, CD’s, 401K’s, drivers’ license, and all other personal records.
To obtain a Certified Copy of your marriage license, you will need to complete an application (sometimes supplied by the clerk when you obtain the license), with the current published fee. I can process that for you when I file the marriage license, or you may submit it on your own at a later date. If you file the application on your own, the "Certificate of Identity" section of the application MUST be notarized (only one party needs to sign in the presence of the notary). If I process the application for you, I can notarize it when we meet. No notarization is required if you apply in person, as you will sign the application in the presence of the clerk.
Some counties will allow you to apply and pay for a Certified Copy at their office when you pick up your Marriage License. Most counties take approximately 3-10 weeks to process the Certified Copies. Certified Copies will be sent directly to you from the County Clerk's office.