Apply For A Los Angeles Marriage License

If we want go get a marriage license in Los Angeles, California, where do we need to go?

All marriage licenses in Los Angeles County are issued by the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office. The Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office has branch offices throughout Los Angeles County, including three locations within Los Angeles city limits. You can choose the branch office location that is most convenient to you.

LAX Courthouse
11701 S. La Cienega Blvd, 6th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Phone: (310) 727-6142

East Los Angeles
4716 East Cesar Chavez Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90022
Phone: (323) 260-2991

7807 S. Compton Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90001
Phone: (323) 586-6192

Both of you must appear together at the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office during office hours. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, but you must submit your application before 3:00 p.m. if you want to receive your marriage license on the same day. Processing time is usually about one hour, depending upon how busy the office is on the day that you go.

More information on Los Angeles County requirements for marriage licenses can be found online at Los Angeles Marriage License. There is also an online application available at this site.

What documents do we need to present when we apply for our marriage license in Los Angeles?

Both of you need to present a valid, government-issued form of identification that provides proof of your identity and proof of your age. Current driver’s license and passports are accepted. You must be at least 18 years old and single in order to be legally married in California.

Do we need to get blood tests before we apply for our marriage license in Los Angeles?

No, you do not need to have blood tests. Neither blood testing nor health certificates are required in order to apply for a marriage license in the state of California.

Do we need to be residents of Los Angeles to apply for a marriage license?

No, you do not need to be Los Angeles residents to apply for a marriage license. Residents of other cities and states are welcome to apply for a license to be married in Los Angeles. The marriage license will be valid anywhere in the state of California.

How long is a marriage license for Los Angeles valid?

A marriage license issued by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office is valid for 90 days.

How much is the fee required for a marriage license in Los Angeles, California?

The fee required for a regular marriage license in Los Angeles is $90. The fee required for a confidential marriage license is $85. You can pay with cash, check, money order, or credit/debit card. If you choose to pay with a check, the check should be made payable to the Registrar-Recorder County Clerk (RRCC).

Can we choose the person who performs our wedding ceremony in Los Angeles?

You can choose any person that is legally authorized to perform wedding ceremonies in the state of California to perform your wedding ceremony in Los Angeles.

Who is legally authorized to perform wedding ceremonies in the state of California?

Priests, rabbis, and ministers that are at least 18 years of age of any denomination are legally authorized to perform wedding ceremonies. Any judge, active or retired, and many other judicial officers are authorized perform wedding ceremonies, as well as current city mayors.

Can some other person be authorized to perform our wedding ceremony?

Yes. By applying to be a Deputy Commissioner for a Day, a person who is not authorized to perform marriages can become authorized. More information about the Los Angeles County Deputy Commissioner for a Day program can be found online at Los Angeles Marriage License.

Can we choose to be married in a civil ceremony in Los Angeles?

Yes. Civil ceremonies are performed at branch offices of the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office on Fridays, by appointment. You must provide your own witnesses and obtain your marriage license in advance.

When will we receive our marriage certificate?

You will receive your marriage certificate about two weeks after your signed marriage license has been recorded. Marriage certificates, like marriage licenses, are issued through the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office.


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