Here's what you need to know and what documents to bring with you before you apply for a Los Angeles County marriage license. We recommend getting this legal aspect of your wedding out of the way about a month before your ceremony date.
It is recommended that you call the Los Angeles County or City Clerk's office to see if they suggest setting an appointment.
ID and Los Angeles County Residency Requirements:
Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles County to apply for a marriage license there.
Information you need to know before you start filling out the marriage license application:
Where each of your parents were born (city and state)
The names of your parents including your mother’s maiden name
Confidential License in Los Angeles 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.
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).
Los Angeles County Waiting Period:
There is no waiting period in Los Angeles County.
How Much a Marriage License Cost?
It will cost you $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.
Los Angeles County doesn't require blood tests.
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.
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.
No, proxy marriages are not legal.
Common Law Marriages:
Same Sex Marriages:
Gay couples can still apply for a Domestic Partnership Certificate. More info
Copies of Los Angeles County birth certificates, Los Angeles County death certificates and public Los Angeles County marriage records (for marriage licenses that were issued in Los Angeles County). You may order copies of Los Angeles County vital records through USAVital on an expedited basis.