You may not amend the marriage license after it has been issued to add or change the name you wish to be known as after you are married. If prior to marriage the couple wants to change or add the new name s shown on the marriage license, they can bring the old license to the County Clerk to have it voided, then apply and pay for a new marriage license.
Marriage Laws for California
If one or both parties do not wish to identify a new name on the marriage license, you may leave these fields blank. 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.
County Clerk 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. With this application, you are applying for a public marriage license issued pursuant to Family Code Section When you sign your license, you are stating under penalty of perjury that you are unmarried, that the information you have provided is true and correct and that there is no legal objection to the marriage.
Please review the information provided below pertaining to the New Names If Any fields, and understand the information in the new name fields cannot be changed or amended after the license is issued by this office. Effective October 27, , marriage applicants may identify themselves as Groom, Bride or neither as each party wishes.
The parties to marriage will be required to inform the County Clerk at the time they apply for their marriage license whether they would like to be identified as Groom, Bride, or neither. You may be married anywhere in California in the presence of at least one witness, and your marriage must be solemnized by a person authorized to perform marriages in California as provided for in Family Code Sections Marriage licenses are valid for 90 days from the date of issuance. You must be married on or after the issuance date, and on or before the expiration date of the license.
What if marriage license was never recorded in california
Because I take pride in what I do, and am discreet, I do officiate many celebrity weddings and issue confidential marriage licenses to protect their information and privacy. Their attorneys trust me. And to me, that trust is what makes it all worth it. Even though I provide thorough information with the marriage license for the officiant who signs it, many problems have occurred this year from wedding officiants who put the wrong information in the wrong boxes, to ministers not putting the right denomination in the box, to wedding ministers losing the marriage license.
Many brides and grooms have called me in a panic even though it was not me who messed up the marriage license.
All it takes is being careful and understanding that this legal document, if screwed up or misread or lost, can be a bigger hassle to correct than you think. What is a Confidential Marriage License in California?