(Closed) Trouble with getting marriage licence.

posted 8 years ago in Legal
Post # 4
169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2000

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
2373 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

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 # 9
1222 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@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 # 12
169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2000

This is from the Orange Co clerk’s office


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, 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
445 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
46613 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

If your Fiance 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
3314 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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!

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