MARRIAGE LICENSE

The marriage license is something that the bride and groom are responsible for obtaining from the County Clerk’s office (click here for locations in LA County).

You may obtain the license from the County Clerk's office up to 90 days prior to the wedding date, and will need to bring photo ID as well as provide some personal information and pay a fee. You’ll then give the marriage license to Elise before the wedding starts.

She’ll take care of the needed signatures and will then resubmit it to the County Clerk's office following the wedding.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT KINDS OF MARRIAGE LICENSES AVAILABLE TO ME?

There are two different kinds of marriage licenses you may obtain: a standard license requires one or two witness signatures. The license may be obtained in any California county, and is valid for a wedding anywhere in California.

THE OTHER KIND OF MARRIAGE LICENSE IS A CONFIDENTIAL LICENSE.

Unlike a standard license, this does not require any witness signatures. Also, the details of your marriage are not released to the public marriage record (some couples prefer this for privacy reasons). The one caveat of a confidential license is that the couple must state that they are living together (at the time the license is issued) and provide the same address.

The law recently changed in regards to confidential licenses. Previously a confidential license had to be obtained in the same county where the couple was getting married, but this requirement has been eliminated. Now confidential licenses can be obtained in any California county, and the wedding can take place anywhere in the state (as is the case with a standard marriage license).