Apply For A Vista Marriage License

Where do you go to apply for a marriage license in Vista, California?

To apply for a marriage license in Vista, you need to schedule an appointment at a location of the San Diego County Clerk’s office that issues marriage licenses. The County Clerk’s office offers appointments for marriage licenses at its locations in San Diego, El Cajon, and San Marcos. To schedule your appointment, call (619) 237-0502.
Remember that both you and your fiancé(e) need to attend your appointment.

San Diego - 1600 Pacific Hwy, #273, San Diego, CA 92101
El Cajon - 200 Magnolia Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92020
San Marcos - 141 E. Carmel Street, San Marcos, CA 92078

What requirements do you need to fulfill to get a marriage license in Vista, California?

You and your fiancé(e) must be at least 18 years old and neither of you can already be married to someone else. At your scheduled appointment you will need to show valid identification as well as a copy of your birth certificate. If you have other questions about these requirements, see Vista Marriage License.

What if you are younger than 18?

If you or your fiancé(e) does not meet the age requirement, you will need to have approval from the Juvenile Court before you can apply for a marriage license in San Diego County.  You can visit the Juvenile Court, located at 2851 Meadowlark Drive, San Diego, California, or call (858) 634-1600 for more information.

Do you need to have a blood test to get a marriage license in Vista?

No, blood tests are not demanded for marriage licenses in California.

Do you need to live in Vista, California to get a marriage license there? 

No, you do not need to live in Vista in order to apply for a marriage license and be married there. If you apply for a regular marriage license, you can be married anywhere in California. If you apply for a confidential marriage license, you can be married anywhere in San Diego County.

How long do you have to use your marriage license in Vista before the license expires?

You will have 30 days to use your marriage license.

What if you want a confidential marriage license?

If you have a cause to apply for a confidential marriage license, you can apply for one through the San Diego County Clerk’s office. The requirements for a confidential marriage license are that 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.

How much do you have to pay for a marriage license and marriage certificate in Vista, California?

Regular marriage licenses cost $50, while confidential marriage licenses cost $55. If you want to be wed in a civil ceremony, it will cost you an additional $50. You can pick up your marriage certificate two weeks after you present your signed marriage license at the County Clerk’s office. The certificate costs $14.  Remember that you need to pay all fees with cash, check, or money order. You cannot pay with a credit card, but you can use a debit card for an added charge.

Can you decide who performs your wedding in Vista, California?

Yes. You can choose any legal authorized person, such as a priest or minister, or you can have a friend or relative become legally authorized for the day as a Deputy Marriage Commissioner. To become a Deputy Marriage Commissioner, the person you choose just needs to fill out a form and pay a $50 application fee. If you have other questions about this process, see Vista Marriage License.


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