Marriage Services

Service Changes Effective July 20, 2020

Effective Monday, July 20, 2020, the Clerk-Recorder Department will close its branch offices in Anaheim, Laguna Hills, and at the Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana.

The department's office at the County Service Center in Santa Ana will remain open but only offer over-the-counter service for the following services:

All other services are offered by mail only. 

The following services must be requested by mail. No over-the-counter service is available until further notice:

  • Official Record Copies
  • EIR Filings

For marriage services, please visit  https://www.ocrecorder.com/services/marriage-services for more information. 
For more information about the services offered by the Clerk-Recorder Department, please call the department's information line at (714) 834-2500, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except holidays.

To make an appointment for a marriage license or ceremony, please read the information on the page below.

Marriage Licenses

Marriage licenses will be issued by appointment only. A marriage license is valid for 90 days. There are no citizenship or residency requirements, nor are blood tests required to obtain a marriage license. Applicants must be over 18 years old. There are absolutely no refunds for expired marriage licenses or if you have a change of plans.

The department will be offering appointments and will be implementing strict social distancing guidelines as well as the following restrictions to ensure the safety of the couples and staff:

  •  For couples looking to obtain a marriage license, only the couple can be present. No guest allowed.
  •  For couples looking to obtain a public marriage license and have a ceremony performed, only the couple and one witness may be present. No guests allowed.
  • For couples looking to obtain a confidential marriage license and have a ceremony, only the couple can be present. No guests allowed.
  • Couples must present valid government issued photo identification at their appointment.
  •  The following forms of payment are accepted: personal check, money order or a cashier's check. Please make payable to OC Clerk-Recorder.
  •  No walk-in applicants will be taken during this time.

To complete the application for a marriage license, a couple must:

  • Appear together in person.
  • Each person must present one form of a valid non-expired, government issued, photo identification (such as a driver's license or passport).
  •  If divorced within the last 90 days, please provide a copy of the divorce decree.
  • If spouse is deceased within the previous 90 days, please provide a certified copy of the death certificate.
  • Select the name each wishes to use after marriage, to be listed on the marriage license.
  • Couples are not required to change their names nor are they required to take the same name. However, if a name change is desired, it must be correctly reflected before the marriage license is signed.
  • Once the license is signed, names can only be changed by a court order.
  • The couple must provide at least one witness if they are a having a marriage ceremony performed at any of our available locations after having obtained a public marriage license. The department will not provide witnesses under any circumstances.
  • A marriage ceremony will not be performed if a couple does not have a witness present who can sign their public marriage license and who can physically witness the marriage ceremony.
  • Both individuals must be able to read, speak and understand English. If not, the couples must bring a sole witness who is able to translate to obtain a license and to have a ceremony performed. The department does not provide translation services nor witnesses. 

Complete Your Application and Make an Appointment

To make an appointment at Honda Center:  

Couples must complete their marriage license application and make an appointment online prior visiting our office. Marriage license applications can be completed at: 
https://ocweddings.ocrecorder.com/#/
Again service is by appointment only. No walk-in service is available at this time.

To make an appointment for virtual marriage services:            

For those who can't make it to the office in person and would like to use our Online Virtual Marriage License Application, visit:  https://cr.ocgov.com/portal_OC/eMarriage/ 

This service is virtual, your appointment is virtual and will be conducted via teleconference. This is not an appointment for Honda Center.

Public Marriage License

A public marriage license becomes a public record, and anyone can request an informational copy. This license can be used anywhere in the State of California. The cost for a public marriage license is $61.

Confidential Marriage License

A confidential marriage license becomes a confidential record, and the only people able to obtain information about it are the couple, except by special court order. The requirements to obtain this type of license are:

  • Couple must be living together prior to the marriage.

  • This license can be used anywhere in the State of California.

The cost for a confidential marriage license is $66.