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Marriage Services
Marriage Licenses

Marriage licenses are issued to applicants on the spot.  A marriage license is valid for 90 days from the date of issuance. There are no citizenship or residency requirements; nor are blood tests required.  Applicants must be over 18 years of age. Couples can submit the APPLICATION FOR A MARRIAGE LICENSE ONLINE. When arriving in our office to complete the application, online applications are taken on a priority basis.

For your convenience, appointments are accepted but are not required.

Walk in applicants are taken on a first come first served basis.  Processing time is approximately 20 to 40 minutes.  Afternoons and Fridays are the busiest times and the processing time is likely to be longer.

Payment can be made by cash, personal check, cashier's check, money order, or ATM/Debit card (additional $2.50 terminal usage fee).

To complete the application for a Marriage License a couple must:

  • Appear together in person

  • Present one form of a valid non-expired photo identification each (driver's license, passport).

  • Please provide proof of divorce decree, dissolution/termination of SRDP or Death certificate; if ended within last 90 days.
Public Marriage License

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A public marriage license is public record, and anyone requesting a copy or information on the record will be given it. This license can be used anywhere in the state of California.
Confidential Marriage License
A confidential marriage license becomes a confidential record, and the only people able to obtain information of this record are  the couple, except under certain circumstances.  The requirements to obtain this type of license are as follows:
  • Couple must be living together prior to the marriage

  • The ceremony must be held in Orange County
United States Armed Forces Stationed Overseas
A member of the Armed Forces of the United States who is stationed overseas serving in a conflict or a war, and is unable to appear for the issuance of a license and solemnization of the marriage, may enter into that marriage by the appearance of an attorney-in-fact, commissioned and empowered in writing for that purpose through a power of attorney.

The attorney-in-fact must personally appear at the County Clerk-Recorder Department with the party who is not stationed overseas, and present the original power of attorney duly signed by the party stationed overseas and acknowledged by a notary or witnessed by two officers of the United States Armed Forces.

The power of attorney shall state the true legal names of the parties to be married, and that the power of attorney is solely for the purpose of authorizing the attorney-in-fact to obtain a marriage license on the person's behalf and participate in the solemnization of the marriage. The original power of attorney shall be a part of the marriage certificate upon registration.

Orange Bullet Click here for the Power of Attorney Form and Information Sheet
Orange Bullet Online Marriage License Application