Apply For A Lakewood Marriage License
We got engaged recently and now we are planning our wedding in Lakewood, California. Where do we submit our application for a marriage license?
Congratulations on your engagement! You can submit your application for a marriage license by going together to any branch location of the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office, but the closest location to the city of Lakewood is the branch office headquarters in Norwalk, California, located at 12400 Imperial Highway, Norwalk, California 90650. The office phone number to call with questions about marriage licenses is (562) 462-2137. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. However, you must submit your marriage license application before 4:00 p.m. if you want to receive you license on the same day.
More information about marriage license applications is available online at Lakewood Marriage License.
What requirements do we need to meet in order to get a marriage license in Lakewood?
To get a marriage license for your wedding in Lakewood, California, you both need to be at least 18 years old and you cannot be married to anyone else. You need to show a form of valid government-issued I.D. such as a driver’s license or passport at the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office to verify your age and identity.
Will we need to get blood tests in order to apply for a marriage license in Lakewood?
No. You will not need to get blood tests to apply for a marriage license in Los Angeles County. Blood test results are not currently required for marriage licenses in the state of California.
Will we need to be residents of Lakewood, California?
No. You will not need to be residents of Lakewood, California to apply for a marriage license. Residency is not currently required for marriage licenses in Los Angeles County.
How long does our Los Angeles County marriage license continue to be valid?
Your Los Angeles County marriage license will be valid for a period of 90 days.
How much will we be charged for the marriage license fee in Lakewood, California?
The marriage license fee will be $90 for a regular marriage license, or $85 for a confidential marriage license. You will be able to pay with cash, check, money order, or credit/debit card. Checks have to be made payable to the Registrar-Recorder County Clerk (RRCC).
Who can we invite to perform our wedding in Lakewood, California?
You can choose any person that is legally authorized to perform wedding ceremonies in the state of California. Rabbis, ministers, and priests over the age of 18 from any religious denomination are authorized. Judges, commissioners, and assistant commissioners of a California judicial court are also authorized. You could even be married by a current mayor.
If you want to choose a person who does not fit any of these descriptions, you may want to look into the Los Angeles County Deputy Commissioner for a Day program. This program authorizes laymen 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 Lakewood Marriage License.
We have talked about maybe having a civil ceremony. Can we have a civil ceremony in Lakewood, California?
Civil ceremonies can be performed in offices of the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office, so you will need to go to one of the branch locations of the office to realize your civil ceremony. Close to Lakewood at the Norwalk office there is even a wedding chapel. You can request a civil ceremony as long as you have been issued your marriage license in advance. You will be asked to provide one or more witnesses. There is a $25 fee. The Norwalk office also has a civil ceremony volunteer program. More information about this program is available online at Los Angeles County Marriage License.
Where are marriage certificates for marriages in Lakewood, California issued?
Marriage certificates for marriages in Lakewood, California are issued by the Los Angeles Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office. The certificates are ready about two weeks after the signed marriage license has been recorded by the County Clerk’s office.
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