Application for License and Certificate of Marriage Pg. 2

Upon appearing at the Hall of Records, a Clerk will ask which type of license you require:

  • License and Certificate of Marriage (VS 117)This is the standard type of marriage license. This type of marriage license requires the signature of at least one witness and one person solemnizing the marriage.
  • License and Certificate of Marriage for Denominations Not Having Clergy (VS 115) — This type of license is used for the recording of marriages for members of religious societies or denominations that do not have clergy for the purpose of solemnizing a marriage.
  • License and Certificate of Declaration of Marriage (VS 116) — This type of license is used for the recording of a marriage that was licensed and occurred over one year ago; however, no official record exists.
  • Confidential License and Certificate of Marriage (VS 123) — Confidential marriage licenses may only be issued to unmarried parties who are at least 18 years old and have been living together as spouses. Since the confidential marriage license requires the signature of a marriage officiant, they are not available to members of religious denominations not having clergy. Certified copies of the marriage license and certificate may only be issued to the couple. Confidential marriage licenses may not be available in all counties. The signatures of the parties in fields 23 and 24 affirm that they meet the requirements to receive a confidential marriage license.
INFORMATION REGARDING THE NAME EQUALITY ACT OF 2007
The Name Equality Act of 2007 (AB 102, Chapter 567, Statutes of 2007) allows one or both applicants to a California marriage to elect to change the middle or last names by which each party wishes to be known after they are married by entering the new name in fields 29A thru 30C, as applicable, on the marriage license application. This must be done at the time the applicants are applying for the marriage license. Each party to the marriage may adopt any of the following middle or last names (Family Code Section 306.5(b)(2)):
  • Current last name of the other spouse
  • Last name of either spouse given at birth
  • A name combining into a single last name all or a segment of the current last name or the last name of either spouse given at birth
  • A hyphenated combination of last names

NOTE: Parties to the marriage may not change their first name on the marriage license.

Parties to the marriage are not required to change their name, nor, are they required to have the same name.

If one or both parties do not wish to identify a new name on the marriage license, the fields on the marriage license will be completed using two single dashes. You may not change the information on the marriage license after it has been issued by the County Clerk, unless there is a clerical error.

The marriage certificate is used by multiple local, state, federal and private agencies, each of which have different requirements regarding what documents are acceptable to change your name on their records following marriage. It is recommended that you contact these agencies to verify their requirements prior to applying for your marriage license.

County Clerk staff cannot provide you information on how to complete the marriage license application as it relates to the entry of a new name or retention of your former name on the marriage license application. For your protection, if you have any questions regarding whether you should or should not list your new name on the marriage license application, and/or how the Name Equality Act of 2007 may affect you, please consult with a private attorney prior to applying for your marriage license.

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