How do I get a marriage license in California?

You can pick up a regular public license, or a confidential license, at any county clerk’s office in California.  In Orange County, you will want to go to, fill out the application, and schedule an appointment to go in person to pick up your license. 

You can pick up your marriage license in Laguna Hills (right off the I5 freeway at the El Toro Exit), Santa Ana, or any other county clerk location.  The two of you need to go in together, take identification, and if you’ve been divorced recently, take your divorce papers.

If you can’t get your appointment quickly enough in Orange County, consider driving to San Diego, Los Angeles, or Riverside Counties.


Contact Terri Lange, Orange County Wedding Officiant
Call or TEXT my cell: 949-697-2246