I am planning my wedding in Downey, California and I need to know where I should go to apply for a marriage license. Where do I go?
Marriage licenses in Los Angeles County are issued through the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office. There are three branch locations that are close to Downey: Norwalk, East Los Angeles, and Florence.
12400 Imperial Highway
Norwalk, California 90650
7807 S. Compton Avenue, 1st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90001
East Los Angeles
4716 East Cesar E. Chavez Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90022
In general, marriage license applications should be submitted before 3:00 p.m. in order to ensure same-day service. Marriage license applications are available in the office or online. You can visit Downey Marriage License to download an application. Please note however that even couples that submit an application online will need to appear together in person at the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office to present photo identification and pay the required marriage license fees.
What marriage license requirements do I need to know about?
You and your future spouse need to be at least 18 years of age. Neither of you can be currently married to another person. You will be asked to present a form of valid government-issued I.D. in order to verify age and identity.
Do I need to have a blood test to apply for a marriage license in Downey?
No, you do not need to have a blood test to apply for a marriage license in Los Angeles County. Blood test results are not required for marriage licenses in California.
Do I need to live in Downey to apply for a marriage license?
No, you do not need to live in Downey to apply for a marriage license. Residency is not mandatory for marriage licenses in Los Angeles County. Even couples from other cities and states are encouraged to apply.
When do I need to use my Los Angeles County marriage license?
You need to use your Los Angeles County marriage license within 90 days.
What fee do I need to pay for a marriage license in Downey, California?
You will be charged a fee of $90 for a regular marriage license. If you are applying for a confidential marriage license, the fee will be $85. You can pay with cash, check, money order, or credit/debit card. Checks should be made out to the Registrar-Recorder County Clerk (RRCC).
Who can I ask to perform my wedding ceremony in Downey, California?
You can ask anyone who is legally authorized to perform wedding ceremonies in the state of California to perform your wedding ceremony in Downey. The following officials are authorized to perform wedding ceremonies in the state of California: rabbis, ministers, and priests over the age of 18 from any religious denomination; judges, commissioners, and assistant commissioners of a California judicial court; and current acting mayors.
If you want to ask someone else, Los Angeles County has a Deputy Commissioner for a Day program that can authorize a person to perform a wedding ceremony for a friend or relative. More information about the Los Angeles County Deputy Commissioner for a Day program is available online at Downey Marriage License.
How do I request a civil ceremony?
If you want to have your marriage solemnized in a civil ceremony, you can request one at the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office. At the Norwalk office of the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office there is even a wedding chapel. You must have your marriage license in advance and you need to provide your own witnesses. There will be a $25 fee. The Norwalk office also offers a civil ceremony volunteer program. More information about this program is available online at Los Angeles County Marriage License.
Where and when do I get my marriage certificate?
The Los Angeles Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office issues all marriage certificates for Downey, California. You will receive your marriage certificate about two weeks after you have taken your signed marriage license to the office to be recorded.