Marriage License

Marriage License

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standard / non-confidential license:

  • Fee in San Diego County is $70. Note that pricing is different in each California county.
  • Effective immediately (there is no waiting period in California).
  • Valid for 90 days. May be married anywhere in the State of California.
  • No residency requirement in California.
  • Blood Test not required
  • If under 18 years of age, must contact Juvenile Court.
  • Witness required for ceremony (one witness is required, but there is space on the license for two witnesses).
  • Certified copies of the marriage certificate available approximately one to two weeks post-filing.
  • Certified copies of the marriage certificate may be obtained, for a $15 fee, by only specific authorized individuals with proper identification. Written requests must have the signature of either party notarized.
  • A public record.

confidential license:

  • Fee in San Diego County is $89. Note that pricing is different in each California county.
  • Effective immediately (there is no waiting period in California).
  • Valid for 90 days. Ceremony must take place in the county in which it is issued. If you plan on getting a license elsewhere and coming to San Diego County to be married, it must be a Non-Confidential License.
  • No residency requirement in California.
  • Blood Test not required
  • Parties must be at least 18 years of age and living together as a married couple.
  • No witness required for ceremony.
  • Certified copies of the marriage certificate available approximately one to two weeks post-filing.
  • Certified copies of the marriage certificate may be obtained, for a $15 fee, ONLY by either spouse with proper identification. Written requests must have the signature of either party notarized.
  • Not a public record. Clerk can only verify existence of marriage.