2 New Updates for Obtaining Copies of Your Marriage License in Los Angeles County

1. The cost of obtaining a copy of your marriage license has changed from $13 to $14

2. If you plan on obtaining copies of your Confidential Marriage License by mail, (not in person),  you must include a Statement of Identity Form and it must be notarized and included with your Marriage Record Form.

Other important information for obtaining copies of your marriage license:

Guidelines for obtaining copies of your Public License:

  • Once the marriage license is signed, traditionally it is the Officiant’s job to return the license to the County.
  • You can obtain copies of your marriage license by filling out the pink marriage record application (it will come along with your license). The copies are $14 each and I recommend getting at least 2 copies. Make the check payable to RRCC (Registrar Recorder County Clerk).
  • In Los Angeles County, it can take from 6 to 8 weeks to record and process your license and return it to you. You can request express processing for an additional $40 and it will reduce the process to about 2-3 weeks.

Guidelines for obtaining copies of your Confidential License:

  • Once the marriage license is signed, traditionally it is the Officiant’s job to return the license to the County.
  • If you want to obtain copies of your marriage license by mail, fill out the pink marriage record application (it will come along with your license). You also must obtain and mail with your record form, a “Notarized Statement of Identity Form”. Once the license is recorded you will be sent the copies you requested. The copies are $14 each and I recommend getting at least 2 copies. Make the check payable to RRCC (Registrar Recorder County Clerk).
  • If you want to obtain copies of your marriage license in person, then you don’t need to provide a “Notorized Statement of Identity Form”.
  • In Los Angeles County, it can take from 6 to 8 weeks to record and process your license and return it to you. You can request express processing for an additional $40 and it will reduce the process to about 2-3 weeks.

California has two types of marriage licenses available: Public and Confidential

Public License

  • The license is recorded and made available to the public
  • The ceremony can take place anywhere within the state of California
  • At least one witness is required to sign the license

Confidential License

  • The license is recorded, but is confidential and is only available to the two married parties.
  • The ceremony must take place in the county of issue (Los Angeles County)
  • You must state you are living together as a couple
  • No witnesses are required to sign the license

If you have any more questions or concerns, please send me an email for further information on marriage licenses in Los Angeles County. lina@astunningaffair.com

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