Requirements for Getting a Marriage License in California

Love We spend a good amount of time here talking about getting divorced in California, so it seems only fair to turn our attention for a few moments to how to get married in California in the first place. In order to get married in California, you must first obtain a marriage license. You do not have to be resident of California to obtain a marriage license, but California has a few unique laws and regulations which will require a few decisions on your part before going to get a license. For example, you may decide that you would like a confidential marriage license. Or, you may decide you would rather a friend or relative perform the marriage ceremony by participating in the Deputy for a Day program.  You will also need to decide what names each of you will use are your married names. Marriage licenses are issued by the Clerk’s office, which will require a picture ID and possibly a certified birth certificate.  You will also need to know the city and state where your parents were born and each of their full names, including your mother’s maiden name. If you were previously married, then you should be prepared to present proof of divorce, death, or annulment when you apply for a marriage license.  If you were granted a divorce within the last 90 days before applying for a marriage license, then you will need to provide a copy of your final divorce decree. These are some of the technical requirements for getting a marriage license.  Of course, we will add that premarital counseling with a qualified family law attorney and perhaps an estate planner are always recommended, especially if you have or expect to have assets you want to protect in the event of a future divorce. At the Law Offices of Judy L. Burger, we will help you determine the best course of action to achieve your goals in your divorce or custody proceedings.  Judy L. Burger is known for her aggressive representation of clients in high conflict cases in and around the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento areas.  If you are a parent facing a divorce or custody dispute, call us today to learn more about how we can help.  Call (415)293-8314 in the San Francisco Bay area or (916)631-1935 in the Sacramento area, or contact us online via our confidential inquiry form.