Public Marriage License
A Public Marriage License is a public record from which anyone can obtain the information and a copy. A certified copy to establish identity can only be issued to one of the parties indicated below. The cost is $65. Marriage licenses are issued from 8am - 4pm weekdays, except holidays.
Who May Receive a Certified Copy of a Public Marriage Certificate?
A certified copy establishes the identity of the registrant (one of the parties to the marriage named on the certificate) and may only be issued to an “authorized person” as defined by Section 103526(c) of the Health and Safety Code. Persons requesting a certified copy must sign a statement, under penalty of perjury, that they are an authorized person. The following people may receive a certified copy:
- The registrant (one of the parties to the marriage named on the certificate) or a parent or legal guardian of the registrant
- A party entitled to receive the record because of a court order
- A member of a law enforcement agency or a representative of another governmental agency, as provided by law, who is conducting official business
- A child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or domestic partner of the registrant
- An attorney representing the registrant or the registrant’s estate, or any person or agency empowered by statute or appointed by a court to act on behalf of the registrant or the registrant’s estate
Confidential Marriage License
A Confidential Marriage License may be issued to a couple who declares under penalty of perjury that they are living together as spouses. It is a private record. The only information available to the public is that the marriage exists. For anyone other than one of the spouses to obtain more information or a copy of the license, the Superior Court must order that the record be released. The cost is $73.