I’m getting married! Where do I need to go to apply for my marriage license in Oceanside, California?
Congratulations! To apply for a marriage license in Oceanside, California, you will need to go to one of the three locations of the San Diego County Clerk’s office that issues marriage licenses.
First, you will need to call to schedule your appointment. By calling (619) 237-0502, you will be able to schedule an appointment in San Diego, El Cajon, or San Marcos. Next, you and your future spouse need to attend your appointment.
San Diego location: 1600 Pacific Hwy, #273, San Diego, CA 92101
El Cajon location: 200 Magnolia Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92020
San Marcos location: 141 E. Carmel Street, San Marcos, CA 92078
What requirements do we need to meet to get our marriage license in Oceanside, California?
You both need to be at least 18 years old and neither of you can already be married to somebody else. Also, at your appointment you will need to show some kind of valid I.D. along with a copy of your birth certificate. If you have more questions about these requirements, visit Oceanside Marriage License
What if one of us is younger than 18?
If one of you does not meet the age requirement, you need to have approval from the Juvenile Court before you will be able to receive a marriage license in San Diego County. You can visit the Juvenile Court at 2851 Meadowlark Drive, San Diego, California, or call the Court at (858) 634-1600 for more information.
Do we need to have blood tests to get a marriage license in Oceanside?
No. You don’t need to worry about blood tests. Blood tests are not a requirement for marriage licenses in California.
Do we need to live in Oceanside, California?
No. Even if neither of you live in Oceanside, you can still apply for a marriage license in San Diego County and get married in Oceanside. Residency is not a requirement. If you are applying for a regular marriage license, you will be able to use the license anywhere in California. However, if you are applying for a confidential marriage license, your wedding needs to take place within San Diego County.
How long do we have to use our marriage license in Oceanside?
You have 30 days to use your marriage license before it expires.
What if we don’t want our marriage recorded in the public records?
If you have a reason for keeping your marriage off the public record, you can apply for a confidential marriage license through the San Diego County Clerk’s office. You will need to meet certain requirements: you must already be living together, you must both be at least 18 years old, and your marriage ceremony must occur in San Diego County.
What fees are required for a marriage license and marriage certificate in Oceanside, California?
Regular marriage licenses require a fee of $50. Confidential marriage licenses require a fee of $55. A civil ceremony requires a fee of $50. Marriage certificates require a fee of $14. Certificates can be picked up two weeks after the couple has presented their signed marriage license at the County Clerk’s license. Fees must be paid in cash, check, or money order. The County Clerk’s office does not accept credit cards, but does accept debit cards for an additional fee.
Who is authorized to perform a wedding ceremony in Oceanside, California?
Persons who are legally authorized to perform wedding ceremonies in California include priests and ministers from any religious domination. If the couple wants another person to perform the wedding, that person can become legally authorized for a day by applying to be a Deputy Marriage Commissioner. That person will have to submit an application and pay a $50 fee. For more information on this process, see Oceanside Marriage License