California Marriage Licenses
In order to have a marriage ceremony in the state of California,
a license from the state is required to be purchased prior to the ceremony.
- In the state of California two marriage licenses are available.
Regular or Confidential. (See Below)
- Only a designated county clerk’s office can issue a license.
- Licenses are issued during business hours Monday through Friday.
- The couple MUST be over 18 years of age.
- Both bride and groom must apply together, in person, to obtain their marriage license.
- Both parties MUST have a valid, current picture I.D.
- All marriage licenses are good for 90 days from the time of purchase.
- A certified copy of the marriage record will be provided by the state for an additional fee to be paid at the time of license application or at a later date.
- Payment should be made to the appropriate county clerk’s office where the marriage will be recorded.
Regular Marriage License is of public record and requires one witness.
- This license may be purchased in one county and used in another county.
- This license is open for public viewing and is published in newspapers.
- Only the bride, groom or court order can obtain a copy of this license.
- No witnesses are required on this license.
- This license must be obtained and used in the same county.
Link to contact the Riverside County Clerk-Recorder Office
Link to contact the Los Angeles Registrar-Recorder/County Clerks’s Office
Link to contact the San Diego County Assesor/Recorder Office
Link to contact the City and County of San Francisco County Clerk
Coachella Valley cities from Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta to Indio are all in Riverside County.
The nearest Riverside County Clerk offices to the Coachella Valley are in Riverside, Palm Desert, or Palm Springs (Fridays only).
To contact the Palm Desert County Clerk’s Office call: 760 863 8732
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