Post # 1
I have a question. My fh & I are getting married aug 28th, BUT we will not be back in the state where we wil be living till about a few days before that day. We are trying to figure out when to get our marriage licenece but we read that it expires after 90 days..
so we are in a little pinch.. how do we legally get all the done without being in the area?
Also, how many of you had a civil ceremony before your actual wedding?
Post # 3
I should add, we are home in california till the 14th so we’ll have to figure this out asap.
Thanks ladies <3
Post # 4
If I understand correctly, you live in Hi and are marrying in Ca. You will be back in Ca a few days before your wedding. Is that right?
I don’t live in Ca, but googled the requirements and it says there is no waiting period and no blood test required, so couldn’t you get it when you return to Ca those few days before your wedding?
The site I read does recommend that you make an appt in order to avoid a long wait.
ETA-In some Ca counties, you can apply for the license online. Where are you getting married?
Post # 5
I’m not sure if this will help since we were married in Michigan. We walked into the office, filled out the paperwork/submited required documents, and walked out with the license. I would definitely call and see if California is the same kind of deal or if you can submit the paperwork via mail.
Post # 6
@maureen9004: Thanks so much! 🙂
Post # 7
@kybride: Yes you are correct.
And we are getting married in Orange County. I’m trying to get a lot done while we are home and Im trying to see if there is a way to get the legal stuff out of the way.
Post # 8
There is no waiting period so you can get the license when you get to California. Some counties do require an appointment , or else you will be waiting in a long line. Someone else can make the appointment for you.
Post # 9
@His Lil SantosGirl: You are able to walk in and get your license the same day. I don’t think it’s possible to get it w/out physically being there because you have documentation to sign. Even if you go the day before you’ll be okay. There are no blood tests or waiting periods, but the license does expire after 90 days.
Edit: We made an appt for SBernardino county and we got done fairly quickly.
Post # 10
This is the part that’ll be a problem. “Marriage licenses are valid for 90 days from the date of issuance. If you do not get married within 90 days, the license will no longer be valid. You must purchase a new license.”
FH will be in school till the 25th. It’ll be tight getting the licence before the wedding.
Post # 11
@CaraMia10: Okay, that sounds plausible 🙂 Thanks for the testimony.
What goes into actually having a ceremony at the County Clerk?
Post # 12
This is from the Orange Co clerk’s office
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, please note that 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, Discover, American Express, MasterCard/Visa Credit and Debit.
To complete the application for a Marriage License a couple must:
Appear together in person.
Each present one form of a valid non-expired photo identification (driver’s license, passport).
If divorced within the last 90 days, provide proof of divorce decree or dissolution/termination of SRDP. If spouse is deceased, please provide copy of death certificate.
I don’t see anyway to get around the 90 day expiration.
Post # 13
We just applied for ours and we did it online. We got the license in Los Angeles county though, so you might want to see if online application is available for Orange county. You can fill out the online application a week in advance then just show up and pay which you can do days before your wedding (we are required to show up together for verification and signing so i’m sure you’d be required to show up together also).
Post # 14
If your FI is in school until the 25th then you really only have the 26th to get your license, as the offices are not open on Saturday.
I presume you will be flying on the 25th after his last class or exam.
You’re right- it will be tight!
Post # 15
We applied online 2 days before we got back to Orange County, CA. We then walked in the morning of April 16th and signed in again via the computer then waited in line. It took about an hour from start to finish including filling out the paperwork and getting married. The ceremony itself was nice, about 6 minutes long and included vows and ring exchange. We got married in the Laguna Hills branch.
If you’d like to see a video of the ceremony we had there, I’d be happy to pm it to you and if you have any further questions, please feel free to pm me!