Now that we are engaged, we are planning our wedding in Long Beach, California. Where do we go to submit our application for a marriage license?
You can submit your application for a marriage license by appearing together at any branch location of the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office. The closest location to the city of Long Beach is the branch office headquarters in Norwalk, California. The Norwalk branch office is located at 12400 Imperial Highway, Norwalk, California 90650. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. However, if you want to receive your license on the same day, you must submit your marriage license application before 4:00 p.m.
If you have specific questions about getting your marriage license, you can call (562) 462-2137 or visit the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office website at Long Beach Marriage License.
What requirements do we need to satisfy to get a marriage license in Long Beach?
Los Angeles County requires that you both be at least 18 years old and that neither of you are currently married to any other person. You will both need to show a form of valid, government-issued I.D. when you go to the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office so that the office can verify your age and identity.
Do we need to get blood tests before we apply for a marriage license in Long Beach?
No, you do not need to get blood tests before you apply for a marriage license in Long Beach because blood test results are not currently required for marriage licenses in the state of California.
Do we need to be residents of Long Beach, California before we apply for a marriage license?
No, you do not need to be Long Beach residents before you apply for a marriage license because residency is not currently required for marriage licenses in the state of California.
How long will our Los Angeles County marriage license continue to be valid?
A Los Angeles County marriage license is valid for a period of 90 days. The license can be used anywhere in California.
What will the marriage license fee be?
The marriage license fee will be $90 for a regular marriage license, or $85 if you are applying for a confidential marriage license. You can pay with cash, check, money order, or credit/debit card. Checks should be made payable to the Registrar-Recorder County Clerk (RRCC).
Who can perform our wedding ceremony in Long Beach, California?
Any person that is legally authorized to perform wedding ceremonies in the state of California can perform your wedding ceremony in Long Beach. 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, as well as current mayors.
Unauthorized persons can become authorized by Los Angeles County Deputy Commissioner for a Day program, which can authorize a person to perform a wedding ceremony for a friend or relative. Find more information about the Los Angeles County Deputy Commissioner for a Day program online at Long Beach Marriage License.
Can we have a civil ceremony in Long Beach, California?
Civil ceremonies can only 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 if you decide to have a civil ceremony. You need to have your marriage license in advance and pay a $25 fee. You will also need to provide your own witnesses. At the Norwalk branch office there is actually a wedding chapel and a civil ceremony volunteer program. Find more information about civil ceremonies online at Los Angeles County Marriage License.
When will our marriage certificates for our Long Beach wedding be issued?
Your marriage certificates will be issued by the Los Angeles Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office approximately two weeks after your signed marriage license has been recorded by the County Clerk’s office.