Apply For A Berkeley Marriage License

We want to get married in Berkeley, California. What must we do to obtain a marriage license?

In order to obtain a marriage license in Berkeley, California, you will need to go together in person to the Alameda County Clerk-Recorder’s office. The County Clerk-Recorder’s office is located at 1106 Madison Street, Oakland, CA 94607. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The office is closed on holidays. Marriage license requests are only accepted before 4 p.m.

If you have further questions about marriage licenses in Alameda County, you can call the County Clerk-Recorder’s office at 1-510-272-6362 or visit the official website at Alameda County Marriage License. The site also includes e-mail addresses for those who wish in to e-mail further questions.

What requirements must we meet to obtain a marriage license in Berkeley?

You should both be at least 18 years of age. When you appear at the County Clerk-Recorder’s office, you should bring with you a government-issued photo identification document.

Are there any other requirements, such as residency or blood testing in Berkeley?

Blood testing is not a mandatory requirement for marriage licenses in the state of California, and you do not need to be a resident of Berkeley in order to apply for a marriage license and be married there. In fact, with an Alameda County marriage license, you can be legally married anywhere within the state of California.

When does our Alameda County marriage license expire?

Your Alameda County marriage license expires after 90 days.

How much will we be required to pay for a marriage license in Berkeley, California?

You will be required to pay a $96 fee. The fee includes your Alameda County marriage license, as well as one certified copy of your marriage certificate.

Who can we ask to perform our marriage ceremony in Berkeley, California?

You can ask any authorized person to perform your marriage ceremony. Persons authorized to perform marriages in California include clergy members authorized by their respective denominations to perform marriages, judges, retired judges, and designated court officials.
If the person you would like to ask is not currently authorized, that person can become authorized to perform marriages by being deputized as a “One-Time Deputy Marriage Commissioner, Without Compensation.” The person that you choose should write a letter that includes the following information: name, address, and phone number of the persons to be married; date and place of the wedding; county where the marriage license was issued; and his or her own name, address, and phone number. He or she should then send the letter to:

Patrick O'Connell
Alameda County Clerk-Recorder
1106 Madison Street
Oakland, CA 94607

Be aware that there is a $75 fee for this service. If you would like to request a civil ceremony, you can request one at the Alameda County Clerk-Recorder’s office any business day before 3:45 p.m. You must provide witnesses. You may invite up to 29 guests.

After the marriage ceremony, what do we need to do to get our marriage certificate?

After your marriage ceremony, you must take the signed marriage license back to the County Clerk-Recorder’s office to be recorded. In about two weeks, your marriage certificate will be ready for pick-up.


Alameda Alhambra Anaheim
Antioch Apple Valley Arcadia
Bakersfield Baldwin Park Bellflower
Berkeley Buena Park Burbank
Camarillo Carlsbad Carson
Cerritos Chico Chino
Chino Hills Chula Vista Citrus Heights
Clovis Compton Concord
Corona Costa Mesa Cupertino
Daly City Davis Diamond Bar
Downey El Cajon El Monte
Encinitas Escondido Fairfield
Folsom Fontana Fountain Valley
Fremont Fresno Fullerton
Garden Grove Gardena Glendale
Hawthorne Hayward Hemet
Hesperia Huntington Beach Huntington Park
Inglewood Irvine La Habra
La Mesa Laguna Niguel Lake Forest
Lakewood Lancaster Livermore
Lodi Long Beach Los Angeles
Lynwood Merced Milpitas
Mission Viejo Modesto Montebello
Monterey Park Moreno Valley Mountain View
Napa National City Newport Beach
Norwalk Oakland Oceanside
Ontario Orange Oxnard
Palmdale Palo Alto Paramount
Pasadena Petaluma Pico Rivera
Pittsburg Pleasanton Pomona
Rancho Cucamonga Redding Redlands
Redondo Beach Redwood City Rialto
Richmond Riverside Rosemead
Roseville Sacramento Salinas
San Bernardino San Buenaventura (Ventura) San Diego
San Francisco San Jose San Leandro
San Marcos San Mateo San Rafael
Santa Ana Santa Barbara Santa Clara
Santa Clarita Santa Cruz Santa Maria
Santa Monica Santa Rosa Santee
Simi Valley South Gate South San Francisco
Stockton Sunnyvale Temecula
Thousand Oaks Torrance Tracy
Turlock Tustin Union City
Upland Vacaville Vallejo
Victorville Visalia Vista
Walnut Creek West Covina Westminster
Whittier Yorba Linda

Search by State

To find more information about a business license in your state choose the state below.

Alabama Kentucky North Dakota
Alaska Louisiana Ohio
Arizona Maine Oklahoma
Arkansas Maryland Oregon
California Massachusetts Pennsylvania
Colorado Michigan Rhode Island
Connecticut Minnesota South Carolina
DC Mississippi South Dakota
Delaware Missouri Tennessee
Florida Montana Texas
Georgia Nebraska Utah
Hawaii Nevada Vermont
Idaho New Hampshire Virginia
Illinois New Jersey Washington
Indiana New Mexico West Virginia
Iowa New York Wisconsin
Kansas North Carolina Wyoming

This site is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal, financial or tax advise. The information on this site should not be relied upon as an official source of information and should be independently verified.


Related Articles

Do You Like This Content?