How To Apply For Marriage License in Santa Clara County
by Santa Clara County REALTOR Michelle Carr Crowe
Congratulations! Two Santa Clara County residents have agreed to join their lives together and now it's time to initiate the logistics of obtaining a marriage license.
According to the Santa Clara County Clerk-Recorder's office, here is what's needed for two previously unmarried people to get a marriage license:
1) The two people (of any gender) must appear in-person and be 18 years of age or older.
2) Bring valid government-issued picture identification such as an ID card, Driver's License or U.S. Passport.
Additionally-For anyone who's been previously married:
a) If recently divorced (within the past 90 days), bring a copy of the judgment of divorce.
b) If the divorce occurred more than 90 days before, the exact date must be provided.
There are Two Types of Marriage Licenses: Standard or Confidential
The fee is $80.00 for a standard marriage license and $83.00 for a confidential license payable by cash, check or debit/credit card (with a $2.50 convenience fee).
To qualify for a confidential marriage license, the parties must already be living together.
Keep in mind that only parties to the marriage may obtain copies of the marriage certificate either in person, by mail or online. Requests by mail or online require a notarized signature of the requesting party.
A confidential marriage license can be obtained by coming in person to the Clerk-Recorder's office to fill out an electronic application a workstation in the Public Search area. One can also be requested using the Self Service portal to submit an application online.
No appointment is needed to apply for a marriage license-however the Clerk-Recorder's hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except for Marriage Ceremonies Office which closes at 3:40 p.m.
If seeking to obtain a marriage license and get married on the same day, be advised to either obtain the license the day before online or early in the morning that day.
Please allow enough time to complete the ceremony, which takes about 10 minutes. For various fees, it can be done at either the Marriage Ceremonies Office or at the Clerk-Recorder’s window.
Otherwise, a marriage license request must be completed and submitted to the clerk for the processing no later than 4:15.
As a courtesy, the Clerk-Recorder's office offers civil service ceremonies, rings, witnesses and officiates for various fees.
The Marriage Ceremony Office hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10:30 am to 3:40 pm. The Santa Clara Clerk-Recorder's Office is located at:
70 W. Hedding (at First Street)
First Floor, East Wing in San Jose, CA 95110.
For questions, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 408-299-5688.
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