Nancy
Just Said Yes November 2019

Marriage license for ca

Nancy, on September 24, 2019 at 2:49 PM Posted in California Planning 0 9
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I'm wondering if anyone is getting married in CA but is an out of state bride. That's my situation. Is there a wait time for when you can get married after obtaining the marriage license? We won't be able to present in person at the same time at the County Clerk office until a couple days before our wedding. Our wedding is on Sunday and we fly in on Friday. Will this be an issue, other than cutting it very close.


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  • earias
    Champion December 2017
    earias ·

    There is no wait time to get married once you get your license and the license is valid up to 90 days.

  • Alejandra
    Expert March 2019
    Alejandra ·

    Hi Nancy, Make sure you have absolutely everything when you go that you may need to get your marriage license, you walk out with it same day and must use it within 90 days. Do the application online first, you have 15 days from the timed you do the application to pick up the certificate, also do it as soon as you land they stop taking people after 3ish pm.

  • W-K
    Super October 2019
    W-K ·

    There's no wait time in California so it shouldn't be an issue. Just a piece of advice, though, there are two kinds of licenses in California. Don't get the "private" one. It became a massive pain in the butt when I tried to get a copy of my first marriage license because we had gotten a private license. At the time it was convenient because we got married in Lake Tahoe and didn't have to go to the clerk. Because a massive headache when I had to order a copy from El Dorado County.

  • Melle
    Rockstar June 2019
    Melle ·

    There is no wait time for california.

  • Stephnie
    Dedicated February 2020
    Stephnie ·
  • C
    Just Said Yes September 2019
    Catalina ·
    You both must be present to obtain the license. Fill out the application beforehand and make sure the recorder’s office is open as each location varies
  • Kelly
    Champion October 2018
    Kelly ·
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    I think this depends on the county, ours issued marriage licenses until 4:30 pm!
  • Alejandra
    Expert March 2019
    Alejandra ·
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    It might, but since she's flying it that day and needs to pick it up for that weekend I wouldn't take a chance.

  • Nancy
    Just Said Yes November 2019
    Nancy ·

    Thanks everyone for the feedback! We will apply online ahead of time and will be making an appointment. As soon as we land at the airport, we plan to go to the county clerk office. I told my FH that I do not want to wait until the afternoon to go, don't want to risk not being able to get our marriage license!

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