Here is some useful information when deciding where, when, and how to obtain your Marriage License. You will want to consider the following:
Are you coming from out of state to Orange County or Los Angeles and/or is your wedding scheduled for a weekend? The county recorder’s office is only open Monday through Friday, so check for local business hours: (typically 8-4 M-F)
Orange County http://www.oc.ca.gov/recorder/Locations.Asp
L. A. County http://www.lavote.net/clerk/Marriages.cfm
Typically marriage licenses are issued to applicants on the spot. A marriage license is generally valid for 90 days from the date of issuance. In most states, blood tests are not required. Applicants must be over 18 years of age.
You should be prepared to:
Fees vary from county to county, state to state so please check your local listings. The following is for Orange and Los Angeles Counties, CA:
There are two types of Marriage Licenses and these are the general guidelines when making a decision which one you wish to consider and purchase:
License of Marriage- a tradition license requires an officiate to sign it after performing the ceremony and up to two witnesses. (only one witness is required in the State of California, yet traditional two have been used). This marriage license once recorded becomes a public record which anyone can view.
License of Confidential Marriage- only requires the officiate to sign it after performing the ceremony no witnesses required. This marriage license once recorded is not open for public viewing.
What is the difference between a Marriage License and a Marriage Certificate?
The marriage certificate is more of a keepsake. You will receive an original of both the certified license and the marriage certificate. This can take anywhere from to two weeks to a month.
You will need additional copies of the marriage license for the name change, first, with Social Security and then with the DMV.