The fee is $90 for a public license and $85 for a confidential license. Payments can be made in cash, check, credit/debit card or money order made payable to the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk or RRCC.
If paying by check, valid identification i.e. driver's license of the signer is required and must be presented at time of request.
There is no waiting period or blood tests in Long Beach.
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A marriage license can be issued on the same day from one of the following locations if requested during hours listed. The processing time usually takes approximately 1 hour; however, the time will vary based on client volume and location. By law the license cannot be issued by mail.
You can apply for a marriage license online. It's easy and saves time.
Once you complete the online application you can come to the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk headquarters in Norwalk or go to any one of our branch offices to pick up your marriage license, pay the license fee and arrange for a civil marriage ceremony, if desired. See Marriage License information below for further details.
Please return to Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk main page, click on Branch Office Locations for information about available services at the branch office nearest you. You must present your application to the cashier no later than the hour listed in the above chart to obtain the license on the same day. For same day services we recommend that you be at the office by 3 p.m. Applications presented after 4 p.m. are placed on "will-call pick-up" on the next business day. Both parties must both appear together to pick up the marriage license.
The Name Equality Act
The Name Equality Act of 2007 (AB 102, Chapter 567, Statutes of 2007) gives specific rights to parties at the time they are applying for a California marriage license to choose and list on the marriage license the name that each party will go by after marriage.
Parties are not required to have the same name, nor are they required to change their name.
Information Regarding The Name Equality Act Of 2007
One or both parties to a marriage may elect to change the middle and/or last names by which that party wishes to be known after solemnization of the marriage. Each party applying for a marriage license may choose to include on their marriage license the new name in the spaces provided on the marriage license application without intent to defraud. Changing one’s name through this process can only be done at the time the marriage license is issued by the County Clerk or authorized Notary Public, as applicable.
Each party to the marriage may adopt any of the following last names:
Each party to the marriage may adopt any of the following middle names:
Note: You may not change your first name using this process. IMPORTANT: You may not amend the marriage license after it has been issued to add or change the name you wish to be known as after you are married. The name you indicate on the marriage license application will be your name on the marriage license/certificate and cannot be changed by the County Clerk .
You are not required to change your name, nor are parties required to have the same name.
If one or both parties do not wish to identify a new name on the marriage license, fields 30A thru 31C, as applicable, on the marriage license will be completed with two single dashes. You may not change the information on the marriage license after it has been issued by the County Clerk .
The marriage certificate is used by multiple local, state, federal and private agencies, each of which have different rules and/or regulations regarding what documents are acceptable to change your name on their records following marriage. It is recommended that you contact these agencies to verify their requirements prior to applying for your marriage license.
It is unlawful for our employees to answer questions of a legal nature. County Clerk staff cannot advise you how to complete the marriage license application as it relates to your entry of a new name or retention of your former name on the marriage license application. For your protection, if you have any questions regarding whether you should or should not list your new name on the marriage license application, and/or how the Name Equality Act of 2007 may affect you, please consult an attorney prior to applying for your marriage license.
To obtain a marriage license, which is valid for 90 days, by law both parties must appear together to complete the application and pay the required fee, which is $90 for a public license and $85 for a confidential license.
A person "Under 18" must provide a Notarized Parent or Guardian Consent Statement and an order of the Superior Court granting the minor permission to marry to obtain a marriage license.
There are specific procedures for inmate marriages. Please call (562) 462-2137 for additional information.
After you obtain a marriage license, which is valid for 90-days, you may be married by your choice of one of the following persons qualified to perform marriage ceremonies: 1) a priest, minister or rabbi of any religious denomination who is 18 years of age or older; 2) an active or retired Judge, Commissioner, or Assistant Commissioner of a court or record or Justice Court in this State; 3) an active elected mayor of a city in California; or 4) by a Deputy Commissioner of Civil Marriages.
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.
To notify us of corrections or additions send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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