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California and Colorado Elopements

Everything you Need to Know about the Legalities of Getting Married in California

There are two types of marriage licenses available in the state of California–a Public Marriage License and Confidential Marriage License.

Don’t forget to bring your license on your wedding day.

1. Regular (Public) Marriage License
2. California Confidential Marriage License

Another type of marriage license that can be obtained in the state of California is the Confidential Marriage License.

Additional California Marriage License Information (applies to both public and confidential marriage licenses)

Note the Name Equality Act of 2007 allows one or both applicants for a California marriage license to elect to change the middle and/or last names by which each party wishes to be known after solemnization of the marriage.

You MUST decide if you are taking your spouse’s last name, or hyphenating your name AT THE TIME OF YOUR MARRIAGE LICENSE APPLICATION.

One or both parties to a marriage may elect to change the middle and/or last names by which that party wishes to be known after solemnization of the marriage. Each party applying for a marriage license may choose to include on their marriage license the new name in the spaces provided on the marriage license application without intent to defraud. Changing one’s name through this process can only be done at the time the marriage license is issued by the County Clerk or authorized Notary Public, as applicable.Marriage licenses must be filed by the officiant within 10 days of the ceremony (although it is a Blue Sky Elopement policy to mail the license within 24 hours of the ceremony).

Couples may obtain a certified copy of their marriage license by submitting an application to the County Clerk approximately one week after the ceremony. Instructions and fees for this will be included in the information packet given to the couple from the County Clerk’s office.

This information is accurate and current to the best of our knowledge. For more California Marriage License Information, please consult the local County Clerk’s office.