We Issue Marriage Licenses for weddings that take place in California only
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License Disclosure Form
Marriage License Disclosure Form Attachment A
When you obtain your marriage license from us you will be required to sign this disclosure form when we Issue you the license.
California has two types of marriage licenses available: Public and Confidential.
· You can get married anywhere in the State of California;
· You need at least one witness during your ceremony; and
· The Marriage Record is recorded and made available to the public.
CONFIDENTIAL: (this is the type of license you are applying for)
· You must state you are living together as a couple;
· You have to get married in California;
· No witnesses are required
· The Marriage record is recorded but is confidential and is only available to the two married parties.
By Signing the form you are stating that: You the undersigned declare that you are unmarried, not minors, and have been living together as a couple and affirm that the information provided for the marriage license is true and correct to the best of your knowledge and belief, that no legal objection to the marriage or the issuance of a license is known to us and hereby apply for a license and Certificate of Confidential Marriage.
We further attest that we have read the requirements for a confidential marriage license and that we are eligible to apply for a Confidential Marriage License.
You have chosen to purchase the Confidential Marriage License from this Notary Public today. By our signatures below we agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of the marriage license application and hold the Notary harmless for any and all mistakes made on the document.
You understand that by purchasing this type of license, you will be the only ones able to purchase certified copies of your marriage license.
You may purchase certified copies:1. By Mail: Submitting the “Application for Marriage Record” and the “Notarized Statement of Identity” along with the license when the license returned to the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk or
2. In Person: You may purchase copies in person at the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Office 6 weeks after your ceremony.
Each certified copy is $15.00 and checks can be made payable to RRCC (Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk).
The Name Equality Act of 2007 allows you to choose and list on the marriage license the name that each party will go by after marriage. Parties are not required to have the same name, nor are they required to change their name. If one or both of the parties want to have their new name(s) shown on the marriage license, the new name must be entered on the marriage license application.
It is unlawful for our employees to answer questions of a legal nature. We cannot advise you how to complete the marriage license application as it relates to your entry of a new name. For your protection, if you have any questions regarding whether you should or should not list your new name on the marriage license application, and/or how the Name Equality Act of 2007 may affect you, please consult an attorney.
How to Change Your Name On The Marriage License
INFORMATION REGARDING THE NAME EQUALITY ACT OF 2007
(How to Change your Name on the Marriage License)
One or both parties to a marriage may elect to change the MIDDLE or LAST NAMES by which that party wishes to be known after solemnization of the marriage. You do not have to change your name if you don't want to. If you do the information below will give you the options that the county clerk allows.
Each party applying for a marriage license may choose to include on their marriage license the new name in the spaces provided on the marriage license application without intent to defraud.
Changing one’s name through the marriage license process can only be done at the time the marriage license is issued by the County Clerk or authorized Notary Public, as applicable. You may not ammend it afterwards so make sure you choose wisely.
Note you may NOT change your FIRST NAME with this process only your MIDDLE AND LAST NAMES
Each party to the marriage may adopt any of the following LAST NAMES:
The current last name of the other spouse.
The last name of either spouse given at birth.
A name combining into a single last name all or a segment of the current last name or the last name of either spouse given at birth.
A hyphenated combination of last names.
Each party to the marriage may adopt any of the following MIDDLE NAMES:
The current last name of either spouse.
The last name of either spouse given at birth.
A hyphenated combination of the current middle name and the current last name of the person or spouse.
A hyphenated combination of the current middle name and the birth last name of the person or spouse.
NOTE: You may NOT change your FIRST NAME using this process.
The marriage certificate is used by multiple local, state, federal and private agencies, each of which have different rules and/or regulations regarding what documents are acceptable to change your name on their records following marriage. It is recommended that you contact these agencies to verify their requirements prior to applying for your marriage license.
It is unlawful for our employees to answer questions of a legal nature. Our staff cannot advise you how to complete the marriage license application as it relates to your entry of a new name or retention of your former name on the marriage license application. For your protection, if you have any questions regarding whether you should or should not list your new name on the marriage license application, and/or how the Name Equality Act of 2007 may affect you, please consult an attorney prior to applying for your marriage license.
You Just Got Married, Now What?
The marriage license is your permission to be married, when you provide it to your Officiant on the day of the wedding (free of any stains or wrinkles); your Officiant will sign and file the license with the county. Your Officiant is required to return the license to the county where it was issued within 10 days of the ceremony.
To Get Copies of your Marriage Record
FOR LA COUNTY MARRIAGE LICENSES
If you Obtained your marriage license from the LA County Clerk’s Office and you pre-ordered the certified copies the county will mail them to you within 8 weeks. If you did not pre-order them they will be available for pickup in 6 weeks.
If you want them mailed to you, you can fill out a request for marriage record form along with a notarized certificate of identity form along with a check to the county for $15 for each copy. These forms are available online at the county’s website.
If one of our notaries issued you the marriage license and the appropriate check was attached to the request forms the county will mail them to you within 8 weeks.
ORANGE- SAN BERNARDINO-RIVERSIDE-SAN DIEGO-VENTURA & OTHER COUNTIES
The copies should be available for you to pick up in 3-4 weeks.
If you want them mailed to you, you can fill out a request for marriage record form along with a notarized certificate of identity form and a check payable to that county for $15 for each copy. These forms are available online at each county’s website.
Once your license is submitted to the County, your Officiant and Great Officiants has no access to the documents. If you have pre-ordered them and have not received them after 8 weeks, please do not contact Great Officiants. First, please contact the LA County Clerk at (562) 462-2189 to check the status or If you obtained them in a different county, contact the county clerk’s office where you obtained the license.
The county will ask you for your marriage license #, this can be found on line 25e of your customer copy if provided. If your county does not provide you with a customer copy. Please make a copy of your marriage license for your records.
If the county needs the officiant and/or the notary to make corrections with a duplicate or amendment, we will do our best to guide thru this process. If there are any other issues we will quickly help you resolve the issue to the best of our abilities.
How to Change Your Name
If you requested to change your name on the marriage license, this information applies to you
Once you receive the certified copies from the county clerk’s office you can then start the name change process.
You must first go to Social Security (SSA) and then to the DMV. See below for further instructions.
- To change your name at SSA:
- You must fill out and print an Application for a Social Security Card. The application may be found here: https://www.ssa.gov/forms/ss-5.pdf
- Take your application and documents to your local Social Security office.
- You must show the required documents:
- Recorded Marriage Certificate (not the customer copy)
- Current form of ID: a U.S. State ID, U.S. Driver’s License, OR U.S. Passport.
- Please also note: If you have not already established U.S. citizenship with SSA, you will need to show proof of this; SSA will accept the following as proof of citizenship: original U.S. birth certificate OR U.S. passport.
- To change your name on your driver’s license or ID you will need to visit your local DMV office and:
- Complete a Driver License or ID card Application (Form DL 44).
- Get the form in person at the DMV or have it mailed to you by calling (800) 777-0133.
- Provide your marriage certificate as your proof of name change.
- Surrender your old CA driver’s license or ID.
- You will also need to pay a fee of $27 or $29.
What do you need to get a Marriage License
You both MUST appear TOGETHER at the same place and the same time.
Both MUST be over 18. (If under 18 contact the County)
If you were Married, Divorced or in a Domestic Partnership (with another person) in the last two (2) years a copy of your divorce decree, annulment, or SDRP termination will be required.
NO Blood Tests are required. (that was more that 20 years ago)
MUST have current valid identification.
The forms of identification MUST contain both the photo and birthdate.
There is NO residence or citizenship status requirement.
You do NOT need to live in California, Los Angeles or the United States to qualify for a marriage license.
Anyone from anywhere in the world with proper Identification can marry in California
Each Person Must bring ONE (1) of the following idenity documents:
NOTE: ALL IDENTIFCATION MUST BE CURRENT AND NOT EXPIRED.
NOTE: EXPIRED ID WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED IN ANY CASE
Acceptable Forms of Identification for Marriage License must have: Photograph and Birth Date
- State Driver's License or State Identification Card.
Note: In California, this card is ussed by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Identification cards issued by other states may be issued by an agency or department other than their Department of Motor Vehicles.
- Military Service ID (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard) or Military Dependent Identification Card
- International Driver Licenses
- Mexican National Electoral Card
- Any Country Driver's License or Identification Card. Note: If ID does not have date of birth, request birth certificate (Translated/Notarized, if required)
- Passport or Passport Card (US).
a) If passport is not in English, translation is required and must be notarized.
b) If Passport expired but Visa is valid, it is still NOT acceptable
- Permanent Registration Alien Card and Certificate of Naturalization. (Border Crossing Card is NOT acceptable)
- Matricula Consular: for Argentina, Mexico, Peru, and Korea do not require a Birth Certificate
- Consular Card: for other countries will require a birth certificate. (Translated/Notarized required, if not in english)
Matricula Consular will be acceptable only if all of required information is on card, such as date of birth and picture.
If required, we have a translation service that we use for the birth certificates The additional fee is $100 and must be paid up front.
We will then send the birth certificate for translation, which takes about 1 week. it it is needed sooner a rush fee will be assessed.
We will notify you when the translation is complete.