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Valentine's Day with flowers

The Orange County Clerk-Recorder department is set to make Valentine’s Day unforgettable for couples as they celebrate love and commitment by saying “I do” in a romantic setting. This upcoming Valentine’s Day, Orange County Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen will be offering extended hours at his offices in Anaheim, Laguna Hills and at the Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana. Due to anticipated high demand, the department’s marriage services units remain open until 6 p.m. Appointments are highly recommended. Walk-ins are welcomed and will be served on a first come, first served basis. However, couples must complete an application online prior to visiting any of the offices. To complete an application and/or to make an appointment, please visit the following link:

“Valentine’s Day is one of our most popular days of the year, and I am excited to increase accessibility of our marriage services with extended hours. Our department’s priority is to create a memorable start to the new chapter of each couple’s love story.” said Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen.

To ensure a smooth experience for couples, the following guidelines should be followed:

  • Couples must complete their marriage application online prior to visiting our offices.
  • For couples seeking to obtain a public marriage license and ceremony, at least one witness is required.
  • Couples must present valid government issued photo identification at their appointment.
  • Payment options include cash, credit/debit card, check, cashier's check, and/or money order, payable to the Orange County Clerk-Recorder.

Another reason to join us, the department has one of the lowest costs for a marriage license and a marriage ceremony in the state. In Orange County, couples can obtain a public marriage license for $61 and a confidential marriage license for $66. A civil marriage ceremony can be performed for an additional $28.

For more information, please call the department’s information line at (714) 834-2500 or visit us at The information line is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except holidays.