County of Alameda
Office of Melissa Wilk, Auditor-Controller/Clerk-Recorder


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Applying For A Marriage License

REQUIREMENTS TO OBTAIN A MARRIAGE LICENSE IN PERSON:

  • Both parties must appear together in person and be 18 years of age and older.
  • Parties must present valid government-issued photo identification as proof of name and date of birth. Examples of acceptable forms of Identification include, Driver's license or State Identification, Passport, Military I.D., Consulate Card. A certified copy of a birth certificate or court ordered name change will also need to be provided if photo identification does not contain full name.
  • Applicants must be unmarried. You may not be currently married to each other or to other individuals.
  • If either party was previously married or in a State Registered Domestic Partnership (SRDP), you must provide the exact date the previous marriage or SRDP ended and how it ended (death, dissolution, divorce, or annulment).
  • If the previous marriage or SRDP ended by dissolution, divorce, or annulment within the last 30 days, you must present a certified copy of the final judgment issued by the court.
  • The license may be used only in the State of California and is valid for 90 days from the date it was issued.
  • For information and forms regarding Power of Attorney for military marriages pursuant to SB7, select the following link:SB7 Military Power of Attorney and Instructions (PDF)*
  • We are only accepting cash, check, or debit card payments for in person services at this time.

IN-PERSON MARRIAGE SERVICES:

  • Marriage License
    • Complete STEP 1 below

    Please note: After submitting your application online and within 30 days, both parties to the marriage must come into the office to make a payment, complete the process and receive the marriage license. The couple must appear together in-person and present valid identification.

  • Marriage Ceremony (By appointment ONLY)
    • Click here to book an appointment.

    Please note: A valid California marriage license is required before a ceremony can be performed. We encourage customers to complete the marriage license application online (Step 1 below).

    Due to occupancy limitations, only the couple and 8 guests total will be permitted into the building.

STEP 1. MARRIAGE LICENSE APPLICATION

The FEES for marriage license services are as follows:

$81.00 - PUBLIC MARRIAGE LICENSE

$90.00 - CONFIDENTIAL MARRIAGE LICENSE

$75.00 - MARRIAGE CEREMONY

$19.00 - EACH CERTIFIED COPY OF THE MARRIAGE RECORD

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