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California Marriage Laws


California Code §§ 300-500. Family Code – FAM


  • Common Law Marriage:

    No.


  • Marriage by Proxy:

    No.


  • Same Sex Marriage:

    Yes.


  • Legal Age Without Parental Consent:

    18.


  • Blood Test:

    No blood test or medical exam required.


  • Marriage Waiting Period:

    None.


  • License Validity:

    90 Days.


  • Residency:

    Not Required.


  • Marriage Witnesses

    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.


  • Who Issues Licenses:

    The County Clerk’s Office is responsible for issuing marriage licenses in the State of California.


  • Where to Apply:

    A marriage license may be obtained from any county in the State of California (regardless of where you live or where you are getting married), and may be used to be married in any county within California.

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