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Marriage License Requirements
Public license Fee: $65
Confidential License Fee: $83
2 S. Green Street
Sonora, CA 95370
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. / M – F
(except for Court Approved Holidays)
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Application: Public | Confidential
- Must be 18 years of age.
- Applicants must both be unmarried parties.
- Before a marriage license can be issued, First Person and Second Person must bring in a valid photo I.D. with birth date (e.g., drivers license, military I.D., passport, or green card, etc.)
- Pursuant to Family Code Section 298.5©, no person who has file a Declaration of Domestic Partnership may enter a marriage with someone other than their registered domestic partner unless the most recent domestic partnership has been terminated or a final judgment of dissolution or nullity has been entered, or the domestic partnership terminated due to death.
There are two different types of marriage licenses in California, and they can be obtained in two different ways.
Confidential Marriage License and a Public Marriage License:
- A “public” California marriage license is a marriage license that is available to the public for viewing.
- A “confidential” marriage license allows all the personal information on a marriage license to be protected from public view. Only a court order or a notarized application by either spouses can obtain a copy of the information.
The following information is required on a marriage license application.
For both spouses, or party A and party B, the information needed for marriage license requirements is below.
- A valid driver’s license or a DMV issued Identification Card. If you do not have either of these, you must provide a certified copy of your birth certificate and another acceptable form of picture I.D.
- To obtain a Confidential Marriage License, party A and party B must be living together as a married couple. The same I.D. requirements as mentioned above are applicable.
ID Requirement: ✔ Get Copy Of Birth Certificate
- A valid photo I.D. with birth date is required (e.g., drivers license, military I.D., passport, or green card, etc.)
- Bith certificates are not required as long as you know the full names of both parents (includes first, middle, last names and maiden name of mother) as well as the state where the parents were born.
Waiting Period in California:
There is no waiting period. You will receive your marriage license immediately after you submit your application.
You do not need to be a California resident to marry in Tuolumne County.
- If previously married married and marriage ended within the past 5 years – applicants must provide copies of final decree (must have file date and judge’s signature) or copy of death certificate (whichever caused the last marriage to end).
- If marriage ended at an earlier date-applicants will need to provide the the the marriage ended.
Marriage License Fees:
It will cost you $65 (fee subject to change) for a public license and $83 (fee subject to change) for a confidential license. Preferred method of payment is by cash. For guidance on additional methods of payment, please call ahead.
Marriage by proxy is NOT allowed in California. Family Code, Section 420(a), requires the two parties, marriage officiant and witness if applicable be physically present together in the same location for the marriage to be performed.
Common Law Marriages:
Blood test in California:
Blood tests are NOT required to obtain a marriage license in California.
Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed. If you need to change your last name, you can use an online marriage name change kit.
Under 18: ✔ Get Copy Of Birth Certificate
If either partner is under 18, applicants must have the consent from parents and a court order from judge. Please contact probation at 209.533.7500 to arrange the necessary papers.
Officiants: » Affordable California Wedding Officiants
California Family Code, Section 400 states the persons authorized to solemnize marriage ceremonies in California are as follows:
A priest, minister, or rabbi of any religious denomination.
A judge or retired judge, commissioner of civil marriages or retired commissioner of civil marriages, commissioner or retired commissioner, or assistant commissioner of a court of record in this state.
A judge or magistrate who has resigned from office.
Any of the following judges or magistrates of the United States.
A justice or retired justice of the United States Supreme Court.
A judge or retired judge of a court of appeals, a district court, or a court created by an act of Congress the judges of which are entitled to hold office during good behavior.
A judge or retired judge of a bankruptcy court or a tax court.
A United States magistrate or retired magistrate.
A legislator or constitutional officer of this state or a member of Congress who represents a district within this state, while that person holds office.
The person solemnizing the marriage must return the original marriage license to the County Clerk or County Recorder as applicable within 10 days of the date of the ceremony. Addresses should be on the county site.
You will NOT receive a copy of your marriage license after you have been married unless you request and pay for a certified copy from the County Clerk or County Recorder as applicable.
ALL information on the marriage license MUST be legible, unambiguous and reproducible. DO NOT change any information on the license, cross out information, use white out, etc., as that will require the payment for and issuance of a duplicate marriage license. Contact the County Clerk’s Office if you have questions about completing the marriage license and/or incorrect information contained on the marriage license.
The public marriage license requires the signature of one witness,
and if desired, has a place for an additional witness. No more than two
witnesses may sign on the public marriage license. Only one signature
per line is allowed. No witnesses may sign on the confidential marriage
License Validity Time:
- Marriage licenses are valid for 90 days from the date of issuance. If you do
not get married within 90 days, the license will no longer be valid. You must
purchase a new license.
- Public Marriage License can be used throughout the state of California.
- Confidential Marriage License can only be used in the county where purchased.
California birth, death, fetal death, still birth, marriage and divorce records are maintained by the California Department of Public Health Vital Records.
Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice. For more information regarding California marriage license laws please visit www.tuolumnecounty.ca.gov.