Apply For An Alhambra Marriage License
To get a marriage license in Alhambra, California, where do we need to go?
Marriage licenses in Los Angeles County are issued by the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office. The Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office headquarters are based in Norwalk, California, but there are several branch offices throughout Los Angeles County where you can also go. The closest branch offices to Alhambra are the three locations in Los Angeles:
11701 S. La Cienega Blvd, 6th Floor (LAX Courthouse)
4716 East Cesar Chavez Avenue
7807 S. Compton Avenue
You and the person that you are marrying must appear together during office hours, which are 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, to request a marriage license. You will be able to receive your marriage license on the same day. Processing time is usually about an hour, depending upon how busy the office is on the day that you go.
Complete information on Los Angeles County requirements for marriage licenses is online at http://www.lavote.net/clerk/marriages.cfm. You will also find a downloadable application and the online application at this site.
What documents will we need to present when we apply for our marriage license?
You and the person that you are marrying will need to present documents that provide proof of your identity and proof of your age, such as a current driver’s license or a passport. You must be at least 18 years old and single to be legally married in California.
Will we need to get blood tests before we apply for our marriage license in Alhambra?
No, you will not need to have blood tests because neither blood testing nor health certificates are required in order to apply for a marriage license in the state of California.
Will we need to be residents of Alhambra before we apply for our marriage license?
No, you do need to be residents of Alhambra in order to apply for a marriage license. Even residents of other cities and states can apply for a license to be married in Alhambra. Your marriage license will be valid anywhere in the state of California.
How long is a Los Angeles County marriage license valid?
A marriage license issued in Los Angeles County is valid for 90 days.
What is the required fee for a marriage license in Alhambra, California?
The required fee for a regular marriage license is $90. The required fee for a confidential marriage license is $85. You can pay with cash, check, money order, or credit or debit card. Checks should be made payable to the Registrar-Recorder County Clerk (or RRCC).
Can we choose the person who performs our marriage?
You are able to choose the person who performs your marriage, but you must choose a person that is legally authorized to perform marriage ceremonies in the state of California.
Who is legally authorized to perform marriages in California?
There are many offices that qualify a person to perform marriages. Priests, rabbis, and ministers of any denomination are legally authorized to perform marriages as long as they are at least 18 years of age. Any judge, active or retired, and many other judicial officers may perform marriages. Current city mayors are also authorized.
Can some other person be authorized to perform just our marriage?
Through the Deputy Commissioner for a Day program in Los Angeles County, a person who is not authorized to perform marriages can become authorized. There is a $75 fee for this process.
For more information on the Deputy Commissioner for a Day program, see http://www.lavote.net/clerk/marriages.cfm.
Can we ask for a civil ceremony?
Yes, but because the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office cannot guarantee that you will receive your marriage license the same day that you request it, you must receive your license before the day of your civil ceremony. Civil ceremonies are performed at branch offices in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Lancaster, Norwalk, and Van Nuys. You are responsible for providing your own witnesses. There must be at least one witness for a regular marriage license. No witnesses are required for those marrying with a confidential marriage license.
There is also a civil ceremony volunteer program at the Norwalk office, where there is a wedding chapel. For more information, see http://www.lavote.net/clerk/marriages.cfm.
Where do we go for our Alhambra marriage certificate?
Marriage certificates, like marriage licenses, are issued through the Los Angeles Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office.
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