Los Angeles Marriage license

Los Angeles Marriage license

How to obtain a Los Angeles marriage license

You can apply for a Los Angeles marriage license online at lavote.net. The Los Angeles Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk offices are only providing virtual marriage licenses at this time. You can also have a virtual civil marriage ceremony through this office. However, there are no in-person options available for a marriage license or courthouse marriage ceremony in Los Angeles.

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In-person marriage services including civil ceremony are open at designated OC Courthouses. Get important information about OC Courthouse weddings today.

Los Angeles County marriage license requirements

  • There are no citizenship or residency requirements
  • You don't need a blood test to obtain a marriage license
  • Applicants must be over 18 years old
  • Both parties must show a valid I.D. a driver's license, passport, or alien resident card must be presented as proof of age.
  • Identification issued by a government agency will also be accepted. 
  • All documents must be in English
  • Both parties must be present

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Top 5 Courthouses & City Halls for civil marriage ceremonies

California has beautiful Courthouses that perform marriage services from Santa Barbara to San Diego 

Find out which county clerks offices are providing in-person services and which ones are only virtual

Los Angeles City Hall

Only virtual online services

Currently only offering Virtual marriage services including virtual marriage licenses and virtual civil ceremonies. Book appointments up to two weeks in advance. 

Beverly Hills Courthouse

Only virtual online services

Currently only offering Virtual marriage services including virtual marriage licenses and virtual civil ceremonies. Book appointments up to two weeks in advance.

Pasadena City Hall

Currently unavailable for marriage services.

Old Orange County Courthouse

Walk-ins and appointments available for in-person

This beautiful historic courthouse in Santa Ana is currently providing in-person marriage services. Including, marriage licenses and civil ceremonies. Appointments are recommended, walk-ins accepted.

Laguna Hills Civic Center

Walk-ins and appointments available for in-person

Civil wedding ceremonies and marriage licenses are available in-person. Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are available. 

 

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So what do you do if you want to get married at a courthouse in-person and don’t want to wait?

Los Angeles is only offering virtual marriage licenses and virtual civil marriage ceremonies. If you are having a difficult time getting marriage services in Los Angeles and want in-person services, head over to an Orange County Courthouse. Before you drive south there are a few things you need to know. For up to date information please call the  OC Clerk-Recorder Department Information Line (714) 834-2500 

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Which Orange County Courthouses are open for an in-person Civil Ceremony?

  • The historic Old Orange County Courthouse in Santa Ana
  • Laguna Hills Civic Center 

These 2 options are now accepting walk-ins or appointments. However, you must fill out an online marriage license application before you head over to either location. 

If you don't want a virtual civil marriage ceremony head south to Orange County for a beautiful in-person ceremony.

Learn about a civil ceremony at The Old Orange County Courthouse or Laguna Hills Civic Center wedding

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Appointments

Can I make an appointment for my Civil Ceremony?

Yes. An appointment can be made online along with a marriage license. This is highly recommended for an easier process. However, walk-in appointments are now allowed at the Old Orange County Courthouse and the Laguna Hills Civic Center for your marriage license and civil ceremony. 

Get all the details here for an Orange County civil marriage ceremony. 

For those looking to have a marriage ceremony performed, you must complete your marriage license application before visiting our offices at https://ocweddings.ocrecorder.com/#/.

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Can I use my Los Angeles marriage license in another county in California?

Yes. County clerks issue these licenses, which can be used anywhere in the state. Additionally, this license requires at least one witness at the ceremony, and you must file the license in the county in which you first obtained it to be registered at the County Recorder's Office.

How long does a marriage license last in California?

A marriage license is only valid for 90 days from the issue date. 

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Virtual Marriage Services Only

Can I get married at Los Angeles City Hall?

Currently Los Angeles City Hall is only offering virtual marriage services including marriage license and civil ceremonies. 

  • Appointments are only available two (2) weeks in advance. If no appointments are available then they have been filled for those weeks. Continue to monitor the website as appointments could open on a daily basis.
  • For up to date information visit Marriage License and Ceremonies

Bottom Line

Your Los Angeles marriage license can be used at the Old Orange County Courthouse in Santa Ana or at the Laguna Hills Civic Center. Both locations are offering in-person marriage services. 

Los Angeles is only offering Virtual marriage services. No in-person civil marriage ceremonies at the LA City Hall or Beverly Hills Courthouse. 

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Call Me Chris

I won't bore you with too many details, but I will say that I consider myself to be the luckiest guy in the world and I'm so grateful to have had the opportunity to merge my passion and career.

A couple of quick things about me personally. I was born and raised in Orange County. I currently live with my family near Huntington Beach where I love to surf or be in the ocean with my boys.

My passions include art, traveling, and of course photography.

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