Apply For A Sacramento Marriage License

We are getting married in Sacramento, California and we need to get our marriage license. Where do we go to apply?

You can apply at the Sacramento County Clerk/Recorder’s office located in downtown Sacramento at 600 - 8th Street. You need to appear at the Clerk/Recorder’s office together in person to present photo I.D. and sign the license. Before you receive your marriage license, you need to complete and submit a marriage license application, which you can either complete and submit online or complete and submit in the Clerk/Recorder’s office.

The Sacramento County Clerk/Recorder’s office encourages couples to make an appointment to avoid a long wait. The Sacramento office schedules appointments from 8:00 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. (7:20 p.m. on Thursday evenings). You can make an appoinMarriage tment online or by calling (916) 874-6131. To make your appointment online, go to Sacramento Marriage License.

Do we fulfill the requirements to receive a marriage license in Sacramento, California?

To fulfill the requirements, you both need to be 18 years old or older and unmarried. You must present a valid government-issued photo I.D.  If one of you has terminated a marriage in the last 90 days, you must bring a copy of the court document of dissolution. If one of you is under 18 years old, you must obtain parental consent and Superior Court approval before you can be issued a marriage license.

Do we need to have blood tests?

No. Blood tests are not required for your Sacramento County marriage license.  

Do we need to be Sacramento residents to receive a marriage license?

No. Residency is not required for your Sacramento County marriage license. 

How long will our marriage license be valid?

Your Sacramento County marriage license is valid for a period of 90 days after the day that the license is issued. There is no waiting period before you can use the license.

Where is our marriage license valid?

Regular marriage licenses are valid anywhere in the state of California. Confidential marriage licenses are valid only within Sacramento County.

How much will we have to pay for our marriage license in Sacramento, California?

If you apply for a regular marriage license, you will have to pay $83.00. If you apply for a confidential marriage license, you will have to pay $95.00.

Who can perform our wedding in Sacramento, California?

You can invite anyone that is authorized to perform wedding ceremonies in the state of California to perform your wedding in Sacramento. You can ask any priest, minister, or rabbi from any religious denomination, or a judge, commissioner, assistant commissioner from the California judicial system, or current mayor to perform your wedding.

Another option is to have a friend or relative authorized as a one-time Deputy Marriage Commissioner. There will be a fee of $44.00 for this service.

Can we have a civil ceremony in Sacramento, California?

Yes. You can have a civil ceremony at the Sacramento County Clerk/Recorder’s office. There is a $36.00 fee. You need to provide your own witness. There is a $29.00 fee if the Sacramento County Clerk/Recorder’s office provides the witness.

After our wedding in Sacramento, where do we go to order our marriage certificate?

You can order your certified copy of the marriage certificate in person at the Sacramento County Clerk/Recorder’s office, by mail, or online. A certified copy of the marriage certificate costs $14.00.

Where can I learn more?

You can learn more about getting your marriage license in Sacramento on the Sacramento County Clerk/Recorder’s office website at Sacramento Marriage License.


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