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How to Marry in California

An easy state in which to exchange your vows, California makes an amazing wedding and honeymoon destination - mountains, sea, vineyards and deserts, there's something for everyone. Why not take off on a road trip along the coast once you're married? A true movie honeymoon!
Below are the legalities for marrying in California, to help you plan your ideal wedding abroad.

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California Marriage Law Requirements

What are the legal requirements to get married in California?
Legal age for marriage is 18 years for both men and women. If between 16 and 18 years old then parental consent is required.
One witness is required.


How long do I have to be resident in California before I can get married?
There are no residency requirements to get married in California.


Getting a marriage licence
In California you both need to apply in person at the County Clerk’s Office for a licence, which is issued on the same day and is valid for 90 days.
Your wedding planner will usually help you to arrange an appointment to apply for the licence.


What legal papers do I need to take with me?
Valid photo identification, e.g. passport.
If you have been divorced then the final divorce papers must be shown.
If you are widowed then the death certificate of your previous spouse must be shown.


Please note: this information is for guidance purposes only and liable to change without notice. Please check with your wedding planner in resort or the relevant embassy of the country in which you intend to marry for up to date details before you marry.


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California Marriage Registrar's

Birth, Death and Marriage Records Section
P.O. Box 489
Norwalk, CA 90651-0489

Certificate Information, Tel: +1 562 462 2137
Marriage License Information, Tel: +1 562 462 2189


Our California Wedding Providers

Pink Palms

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Location: UK
Business Type: Event Planning and Styling
Contact: Ashleigh Li

Welcome to Pink Palms!

I’m Ashleigh, and I plan weddings in LA and California from the UK. Having recently relocated from LA back to London, I want everyone to know just how amazing it is to get married out there! We can plan your California wedding together from the UK, putting you at ease as we can meet in person for our planning meetings. Dealing with the time difference with suppliers can be very time consuming, and this is where I come in and can speed things up for you with a great list of suppliers on the west coast.

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