We are so excited to plan our wedding, but we don’t know how to get our marriage license in Union City, California. Where do we need to go to apply?
You will need to visit the Alameda County Clerk-Recorder’s office in Oakland, California. The Alameda County Clerk-Recorder’s office is located at 1106 Madison Street, Oakland, CA 94607. Both of you need to appear at the Clerk-Recorder’s office to request the marriage license. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. You need to submit your request for a marriage license before 4:00 p.m.
If you want to ask a question about marriage licenses in Union City, you can call 1-510-272-6362 or visit the Alameda County Clerk-Recorder’s website: Union City Marriage License.
What are the requirements for couples planning to be married in Union City?
Both of you need to be at least 18 years old. Neither of you can be currently married at the time that you request your marriage license. Be prepared to present a valid form of government-issued photo identification (such as a driver’s license or a passport) on the day that you go to the County Clerk-Recorder’s office to request a marriage license.
Are we going to have to get blood tests before we apply for our marriage license in Union City?
No, you will not have to have blood tests. Blood testing is not required to apply for a marriage license in the state of California.
We don’t live in Union City—is that going to affect our application for a marriage license?
You do not have to be a resident of Union City in order to apply for a marriage license in Alameda County. Residents of other cities and states are welcome to request a license to be married in Union City. Your marriage license will be valid anywhere in the state of California.
How long do we have to realize our marriage ceremony before the marriage license expires?
A marriage license issued by the Alameda County Clerk-Recorder’s office expires 90 days after the license is issued, so you should make sure that you realize your marriage ceremony before your marriage license expires.
How much should we expect to pay for a marriage license in Union City, California?
The fee is $96. This fee also includes one certified copy of your marriage certificate.
Can we choose whoever we want to perform our marriage ceremony?
You can choose the person who performs your marriage ceremony, but that person needs to be legally authorized to perform marriage ceremonies in the state of California.
Who is authorized to perform marriage ceremonies in the state of California?
Persons that are legally authorized to perform marriages in the state of California include judges, retired judges, designated court officials, and many clergy members.
Can another person become authorized to perform marriage ceremonies in Union City?
Yes, a person who is not already authorized to perform marriage ceremonies can be authorized by becoming a Deputy Marriage Commissioner for a day. To apply to be deputized, the person will need to submit the names, addresses, and phone numbers of the persons to be married; the date and place of the wedding; the county where the marriage license was issued; and his or her own name, address, and phone number by mail to Patrick O'Connell, Alameda County Clerk-Recorder at 1106 Madison Street, Oakland, CA 94607. There will also be a $75 fee.
If you have more questions about how a person can become a Deputy Marriage Commissioner, you might want to visit the Alameda County Clerk-Recorder’s office website: Union City Marriage License.
How do we request a civil ceremony?
Requests for a civil ceremony should be submitted to the Alameda County Clerk-Recorder’s office. The Clerk-Recorder’s office accepts requests for civil ceremonies any weekday before 3:45 p.m. You can even request a civil ceremony when you go to request your marriage license as long as it is before 3:45 p.m. You will need to provide the witnesses for your ceremony. If you want to invite guests, make sure you may bring no more than 29 people.
When can we pick up our marriage certificate?
You will be able to pick up your marriage certificate approximately two weeks after you submit your signed marriage license to the County Clerk-Recorder’s office to be recorded.