Requirements To Obtain A Marriage License

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MARRIAGE LICENSE APPLICATION


To apply for and obtain a marriage license on the same day, both applicants must appear together at the Office of the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk in Norwalk or at a District Office to complete an application and have it submitted to the cashier no later than 4 p.m. (or 3:30 p.m. at District Offices).

The processing time to complete the license is one hour.

For same day service it is recommend that you be at the office by 3 p.m. When applications are submitted after 4 p.m. at Norwalk or 3:30 p.m. at the District Offices, the couple may pick up the license together on the following business day.

 

 

PROOF OF AGE


A valid California I.D., driver's license, passport or alien resident card must be presented as proof of age. A certified birth certificate or baptismal record and a picture form of identification issued by a government agency will also be accepted for that purpose. Documents must be in English. If the document is in another language, it must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Documentation which has expired is not acceptable. Anyone under 18 must also provide a notarized parent or guardian consent statement and a Superior Court Order granting the minor permission to marry. Please call this office for more information about these requirements (562) 462-2137.



COPY OF DISSOLUTION / ANNULMENT PAPERS


Applicants who were previously married or part of a State Registered Domestic Partnership must present a copy of dissolution/annulment papers if the termination occurred within two years or less. Applicants who are currently legally married in another state or country can not obtain a marriage license unless that marriage is terminated. Proof of termination will be required.

Applicants who are marrying the same partner, who each entered into a State Registered Domestic Partnership, must present a copy of the Declaration of Domestic Partnership. 

  


MARRIAGE LICENSE REQUIREMENTS


Public Marriage License

Fee: $70

A marriage license is valid for 90 days from the date it was obtained.

The marriage license can be used only within the State of California. At least one witness must be present at the ceremony.


Confidential Marriage License

Fee: $70  

A Confidential Marriage License is valid for 90 days and must be used in the county where it is issued.

Applicants (not minors) must be living together as spouses.

A confidential marriage license is not a public record. Information pertaining to the facts of marriage can be obtained by the couple or by court order.


Civil Ceremony

Fee: $25

Civil marriage ceremonies are performed at the Norwalk Office Monday through Friday (except holidays) by appointment only.

The Beverly Hills district office will schedule a ceremony on Thursday’s by appointment only.

The East Los Angeles, Florence-Firestone, Lancaster, LAX Airport and Van Nuys District Offices will schedule a ceremony on Friday by appointment only.

Please contact each office at the number listed below to schedule an appointment. 

   


LA COUNTY LOCATIONS WHERE A MARRIAGE LICENSE CAN BE OBTAINED
   

NORWALK 
12400 Imperial Highway, Room 1002
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(562) 462-2137

LOS ANGELES
4716 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave.
(Formerly Brooklyn Ave.)
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(323) 260-2991

LANCASTER
1028 W. Avenue J2
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
(661) 945-6446


CATALINA BRANCH COURT (By Appointment Only)
Avalon, CA 90704
Office Hours: 8: a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Thursday
(310) 510-0026

BEVERLY HILLS
9355 Burton Way, 1st Floor
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. . Monday - Friday
(310) 288-1261

VAN NUYS
14340 West Sylvan Street
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m Monday – Friday
(818) 374-7176

LAX AIRPORT
11701 S. La Cienega Blvd., 6th Floor
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(310) 727-6142

FLORENCE FIRESTONE
7807 S. Compton Ave., Room 215
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
(323) 586-6192  


Information obtained from the website of the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk of Los Angeles   
 
 
 
Jae Weiss Farkas M.S., D.D.
Ordained Wedding Officiant
Phone 661.298.9100
yzwmn@sbcglobal.net