Ease Of Obtaining A California Marriage License
Getting a Marriage License in California for a ceremony in San Francisco, Half Moon Bay or any location in California is as simple as filling out the paperwork in any County Clerk’s Office in California. A license is valid for use in any other county in California.
If you are coming out of the State of California you can be married in California, it’s not necessary to establish residence. All you need to do is bring a valid photo ID for each of you to receive the marriage license. You will bring that license to your ceremony for the officiant to fill in and a witness to validate.
The two of you need to arrive a minimum of a day before your ceremony to get your license; in some counties you can make an appointment, otherwise just show up. It’s a good idea to check with their office though to be sure they are open for the day you plan to get your license.
Your license is valid for 90 days after you obtain it. The officiant will mail it in after the ceremony and you can obtain a certified copy once the County Clerk’s Office has received it and
If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, here is a list of some of the County Clerk’s offices in the area.
Authored by Terry Plank