Marriage Licenses​​

​​Frequently Asked Questions

  • The couple must appear together in person at our office to purchase the marriage license. Refer to eligibility requirements for details.
  • To make an appointment to get your marriage license use the online appointment calendar or call (916) 874-6131 during regular business hours.​

  • The marriage license is only valid for 90 days from the date issued. If not used within 90 days, a new license must be purchased.

  • You are not required to get married in Sacramento County, but your wedding ceremony must take place in California.

  • The person who performed your wedding ceremony must complete the license and return it to our office within 10 days. Once we receive the license and verify it is correct, the license is registered.  At that time you may purchase a copy of the license.

  • Yes. Our office has a program which allows an individual to be deputized to perform a marriage ceremony.  The person to be deputized must be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen. Refer to one-time deputy commissioner program for details. 

  • Confidential marriage license
    • Parties must be living together as spouses
    • Both parties must be at least 18 years old
    • No witness is required
    • License is confidential and not open to public inspection
    • Certified copies may only be issued to one of the parties to the marriage or upon court order
  • Regular (public) marriage license
    • Minors may obtain a license with parental consent and Superior Court approval
    • One witness is required
    • License is a matter of public record

  • A non-denominational marriage license is a public marriage license offered exclusively to religious societies that do not have an ordained person who performs religious services (such as a priest, rabbi, or minister) designated to perform marriage ceremonies. 

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