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Getting a Marriage License in Sacramento

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OFFICE INFORMATION

Downtown Office
Physical Address: 600 9th St., Sacramento, CA 95814
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 839, Sacramento, CA 95812-0839
Phone: (916) 874-6334 or (800) 313-7133
Phone (hearing impaired): (800) 735-2929 or 711 for California Relay Service
Hours for marriage license applications and ceremonies: Monday to Wednesday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; closed Saturday and Sunday

East Area Community Service Center Office
Physical Address: 5229-B Hazel Ave., Fair Oaks, CA 95628
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 839, Sacramento, CA 95812-0839
Phone: (916) 874-6334 or (800) 313-7133
Phone (hearing impaired): (800) 735-2929 or 711 for California Relay Service
Hours for marriage license applications and ceremonies: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

MARRIAGE LICENSE CATEGORIES
Public Licnese

  • Costs: $77
  • Public record
  • Valid for 90 days
  • Valid for within State of California

Confidential License
  • Costs: $86
  • Not public record
  • Valid for 90 days
  • Valid for within county purchased in State of California
  • Couple must have lived as huband and wife

Non-denominational License
  • Costs: $77
  • Public record
  • Valid for 90 days
  • Valid for within State of California
  • For religious groups without an identified clergy who can be designated to perform marriage ceremonies.

APPOINTMENTS
First make an appointment which can be made by phone at (916) 874-6131 or online at shadow.saccounty.net/OMAC. Appointments are recommended as you can experience long waits as a walk-in.

During normal business hours, appointments are made from 8 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. The Thursday evening appointments at the Downtown office are available between 5:20 p.m. to 7:20 p.m. for a higher fee. Although walk-ins are absolutely not accepted during these evening hours.

LICENSE INFO AND REQUIREMENTS
The license application can be filled out in person at the office or can be filled out online, which can take only 10 minutes.

It can take up to 30 minutes to be issued the license. It is valid for 90 days and if it isn’t used within that time frame, a new one must be obtained.

Also, make sure to bring two witnesses to sign the license.
Public and Non-denominational License

  • Over 18 years old
  • Photo ID
  • Both parties must be present

If either party is younger than 18, call (916) 874-6131 for futher instruction.

Confidential Licnese

  • Over 18 years old
  • Photo ID
  • Both parties must be present

MARRIAGE CEREMONIES
Marriage ceremonies are performed on site in a small room with some decoration. About 20 guests are allowed to witness your big day. Don’t forget to take pictures of video. The cost of having the ceremony at the office if $31. There is an additional charge of $22 of the office must provide a witness for the ceremony.

The person presiding over the ceremony will sign the license and it is up to the couple to return that license within 10 days after the ceremony. It will cost $13 to purchase a certified copy of the license.

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