Legal Requirements : California

All bridal couples must apply and obtain a valid marriage license issued from the State of California. The bride and groom must both appear in person when applying for a California Marriage License.

There is no residency or citizenship requirement, and no blood test or health certificate requirement to be married in California. To obtain a California marriage license, the bride and groom must both appear together with valid photo identification from a government agency, such as passport or driver’s license. The identification must have the bride and groom’s full legal names, along with their birth dates. Foreign passports must have a valid Visa. If the bride or groom is under 18 years of age please contact Royal Ocean Events for further information. A certified copy of the final decrees of divorce are required if it occurred within the last two years. California marriage licenses can be issued via the County Clerks Office in Los Angeles:

Catalina Branch Court, Avalon (310) 510-0026 (Call for appointment)
9355 Burton Way – 1st Floor, Beverly Hills (310) 288-1261 Hrs: 8:30am-4:00pm, T-Th
335-A East Avenue K-6, Lancaster (661) 723-4494 Hrs: 8:00am-4:30pm, M-F
11701 S. La Cienega Blvd – 6th Floor, LAX Courthouse (310) 727-6142 Hrs: 8:30am-4:30pm, M-F
4716 East Cesar Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles (323) 260-2991 Hrs: 8:30am-4:30pm, M-F
7807 S. Compton Avenue – Room 215, Los Angeles (323) 586-6192 Hrs: 8:30am-4:30pm, M-F
12400 Imperial Highway, Norwalk (562) 462-2137 Hrs: 8:00am-5:00pm, M-F
14340 West Sylvan Street, Van Nuys (818) 374-7176 Hrs: 8:30am-4:30pm, M-F

Couples should obtain a Public License which is currently $67.00 US (subject to change). A California Marriage License is good for 90 days. It takes approximately 30 minutes to have a marriage license issued.

We strongly suggest that bridal couples being married in San Diego arrive into the city the day prior to the wedding, to complete an application and receive it on the same day. The court recommends the applicants appear at the court no later than 12:00 noon the day prior to the ceremony. This will allow the couple to obtain their California Marriage License as well as to avoid them feeling rushed on their wedding day due to possible flight delays and travel mishaps.