DEFINITION:

You will need a certified copy of your birth certificate. The couple must schedule an appointment with a counselor and then appear before a superior court judge.

Frequently Asked Questions

California Family Code, Section states the persons authorized to solemnize marriage ceremonies in California are as follows:. A judge or retired judge, commissioner of civil marriages or retired commissioner of civil marriages, commissioner or retired commissioner, or assistant commissioner of a court of record in this state. A judge or retired judge of a court of appeals, a district court, or a court created by an act of Congress the judges of which are entitled to hold office during good behavior.

A legislator or constitutional officer of this state or a member of Congress who represents a district within this state, while that person holds office. The person solemnizing the marriage must return the original marriage license to the County Clerk or County Recorder as applicable within 10 days of the date of the ceremony.

Addresses should be on the county site. You will NOT receive a copy of your marriage license after you have been married unless you request and pay for a certified copy from the County Clerk or County Recorder as applicable.

Birth, Death, & Marriage Certificates

DO NOT change any information on the license, cross out information, use white out, etc. The public marriage license requires the signature of one witness, and if desired, has a place for an additional witness. No more than two witnesses may sign on the public marriage license. Only one signature per line is allowed. No witnesses may sign on the confidential marriage license.

California birth, death, fetal death, still birth, marriage and divorce records are maintained by the California Department of Public Health Vital Records. Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice.

For more information regarding California marriage license laws please visit www. I am taking my grandaughter on my cruise in September. She needs a copy of her birth certificate. You must order my mail and it can take up to 6 months for it to arrive. Please be very careful using online birth certificate services. There was one busted in my area that had taken thousands of orders online, and never delivered. You should check with the county directly to be sure you can't to the walk-up. I just checked the Santa Clara county website last week and they still had info on how to do walk-up birth certificate request.

It is possible their official website is outdated but somehow I doubt it. I am going to see if I can verify on Monday, also if you do have to request by mail, if I can get an estimate on how long it takes to be delivered.

If it takes 6 months, the state of California is in worse shape then I thought. Good luck, Carol.

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We finally found the missing BC so we ended up not having to go through all that, but as I remember, the time estimate was in several weeks, not several months. Walk-up is only supposed to take an hour or two. I don't know why the mail-in requests should take weeks, not to mention months! I live in AZ and was born in CA. I only had the hospital copy of my birth certificate and I needed a certified copy for travel and for a passport. I got the information I needed from Vital Records in Sacramento.

I did it over the phone, directly with the state. It took about 3 weeks to arrive by mail. I'd take a chance on that and hope for the best.

If it doesn't come in within a reasonable time, you still could go the on-line route. One of my friends did that last year when we went on a cruise - she got it within 72 hours but I can't remember how much she had to pay. What was the online site that you used?

I was able to get my birth certificate from alameda county in about 7 days. I downloaded an application from the alameda county website, payed an extra fee to have the birth certificate sent to me by fed ex, and everything worked out fine.

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Without the fed ex fee, they said it would take between weeks. I received by birth certificate about 3 weeks before my cruise, and everything worked out fine. In bringing up the Orange County, Ca.