Marriage Information

Click here to order an existing Marriage License

Click here for information regarding Wedding Ceremonies

How do I obtain a marriage license?
A license to be married may be purchased at the County Clerk-Recorder’s Office in downtown Martinez at 555 Escobar Street. Office hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday; however, to ensure proper processing, please arrive no later than 4:00 pm.  Should you need directions, please click on the Directions / Hours link on the right hand side of the page.

The requirements to obtain a marriage license are as follows:

  1. Both parties must appear together before the clerk.
  2. Both parties must possess a valid government issued picture identification that includes the full legal name and date of birth.
  3. Applicants must be unmarried and at least 18 years of age.  If a minor is obtaining a marriage license, a certified copy of the court order will be required.
  4. If either party has been granted marriage dissolution (divorce) within the last three (3) months, a certified copy of the final judgment is required.
  5. The license issued at the time of appearance is valid for 90 days.
  6. Blood tests are NOT required for a marriage license.
  7. You do NOT have to be a California resident or citizen of the United States to be married in California.
  8. Applicable fees – checks are NOT accepted.

If the license has already been issued but has been altered, lost or destroyed, please contact the office.

What is the difference between a Public and a Confidential License?

Public: The ceremony may take place anywhere in the State of California, at least one witness must be present at the ceremony, and the marriage record is made available to the public.

Confidential: Parties to the marriage must be living together as spouses, no witnesses are allowed to sign the marriage license, the marriage record is only available to the named parties on the document, and applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

Marriage License Application and Fees

We accept cash, credit and debit cards (Visa Debit, Mastercard, American Express, Discover).  Our point of sale machines do not accept Visa credit.  Credit and debit cards are subject to an additional service fee. Checks are not authorized for marriage licenses and wedding ceremonies.
Click here to download the Marriage License application in pdf format

Click here for Marriage License fees

Click here to apply for a Marriage License online

Where can I obtain a copy of my divorce certificate?

The County Clerk-Recorder’s office does not handle divorce documents, judicial orders, restraining orders, case files or case records.  For online information regarding those documents please go to the website for the Superior Court