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Marriage Laws U.S. California El Dorado County Clerk

Here's what you need to know and what documents to bring with you before you apply for a El Dorado County marriage license. We recommend getting this legal aspect of your wedding out of the way about a month before your ceremony date.

Requirements vary as each marriage license bureau in California have their own requirements. It is important that you verify all information with your El Dorado marriage license office or El Dorado county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.

El Dorado County Marriage License Locations

Placerville Clerk-Recorder
360 Fair Lane
Placerville, CA 95667
(530) 621-5490
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. / M - F

South Lake Tahoe Clerk-Recorder
3368 Lake Tahoe Blvd. #108
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(530) 573-3409
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. / M - F

Closed for holidays.

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Call for Appointment:

It is recommended that you call the El Dorado County or City Clerk's office to see if they suggest setting an appointment.

ID and El Dorado County Residency Requirements:

El Dorado County requires a picture id such as Drivers License or other valid identification. Some counties recommend bringing certified copies of your birth certificates.

You do not have to be a resident of El Dorado County to apply for a marriage license there.

Information you need to know before you start filling out the marriage license application:

Confidential License in El Dorado County:

If you have lived together as a married couple, you can apply for a confidential license. This means there is no public record of your marriage.

Previous Marriages:

You must show proof of divorce, death or annulment. You need to bring a copy of your final divorce decree if you have divorced within the 90 days through past year (varies by county).

El Dorado County Waiting Period:

There is no waiting period in El Dorado County.

How Much a Marriage License Cost?

It will cost you $53 for a public license and $60 for a confidential license.

Other Tests:

El Dorado County doesn't require blood tests.

Under 18:

If either the bride or groom is under 18, at least one of the minor’s parents, or legal guardian, must appear with the couple. Certified copies of birth certificates are required. The couple must also schedule an appointment with a counselor and then appear before a California superior court judge.

Name Change:

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.

Proxy Marriages:

No, proxy marriages are not legal.

Cousin Marriages:


Common Law Marriages:


Same Sex Marriages:


Officiants in California:

Clergy, Justices, Judges, Magistrates, Marriage Commissioners (current or retired).
Frequently Asked Questions by Marriage Officiants


License is valid for 90 days.

Types of Marriage Licenses:

Registration and Ceremony Information:

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

Copies of California birth certificates, California death certificates and public California marriage records (for marriage licenses that were issued in California). You may order copies of California vital records through USAVital on an expedited basis.

It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.

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.

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