Here's what you need to know and what documents to bring with you before you apply for a Santa Cruz 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 Santa Cruz County Clerk's Office to see if they suggest setting an appointment.
ID and Santa Cruz County Residency Requirements:
Santa Cruz 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 Santa Cruz 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 Santa Cruz 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).
Santa Cruz County Waiting Period:
There is no waiting period in Santa Cruz County.
How Much a Marriage License Cost?
The fee is $75 for a public license and $90 for a confidential license.
Santa Cruz 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.
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.