How Can You Obtain a California Marriage License Application?


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To obtain a California marriage license application, both parties wishing to marry must appear in person at the local county clerk's office with valid picture identification. Some counties also require birth certificates. Parties who have been previously married must provide the date and reason the previous marriage ended. Some counties require a copy of the final judgment. Neither party must be a resident of California in order to marry in the state.

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Valid picture identification must contain a matching photograph, date of birth, issue date and expiration date. Examples of acceptable photo identification include a driver's license, passport or military identification.

Valid reasons for previous marriages' termination include death, dissolution, divorce and nullity.

While marriage by proxy is prohibited in California, a member of the United States Armed Forces serving overseas in a conflict or war can marry via appearance of an attorney-in-fact. In this case, the attorney-in-fact must present a Power of Attorney form in person. The attorney-in-fact accompanies the other party when obtaining the marriage license at the county clerk's office.

To obtain the Power of Attorney form, applicants may appear at the State Registrar's Office or download it from the California Department of Public Health website, CDPH.ca. The party serving overseas must sign the form with the signatures of two officers or acknowledgement by notary and return it to the attorney-in-fact.

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