You can usually purchase a copy of your marriage certificate two business days after your marriage license is recorded by the Clerk-Recorder's Office. Monday-Friday, 8 a. Office is closed on County holidays. Arrive early! Submit your marriage license application by p. Sign In. Page Content. Choose your married name, if you plan to change your name. Select your new name before applying for a marriage license.
Clerk-Recorder's Office 70 W. Give the marriage license to the person who will perform your marriage ceremony. Purchase a marriage certificate for your personal records. Use your marriage certificate as proof of your marriage.
Marriage License Your license permits you to be married anywhere in the state of California. You and your future spouse must be present to apply for a license and must be: Single 18 years of age or older Get Ready To apply for a marriage license, you'll need to know: Your legal name and your place and date of birth. The type of license you want: Standard Most couples apply for a Standard license. Some states in the US hold that public cohabitation can be sufficient evidence of a valid marriage. Marriage license application records from government authorities are widely available starting from the midth century.
Some are available dating from the 17th century in colonial America.
In Australia , there is no requirement to obtain a marriage licence. However, a person under the age of 18 requires the authorisation of a judge to marry. Couples must provide their marriage celebrant with a Notice of Intended Marriage at least one month and up to 18 months before a wedding.
A requirement for banns of marriage was introduced to England and Wales by the Church in This required a public announcement of a forthcoming marriage, in the couple's parish church , for three Sundays prior to the wedding and gave an opportunity for any objections to the marriage to be voiced for example, that one of the parties was already married or that the couple was related within a prohibited degree , but a failure to call banns did not affect the validity of the marriage.
Marriage licences were introduced in the 14th century, to allow the usual notice period under banns to be waived, on payment of a fee see Droit du seigneur and merchet and accompanied by a sworn declaration, that there was no canonical impediment to the marriage. Licences were usually granted by an archbishop , bishop or archdeacon. There could be a number of reasons for a couple to obtain a licence: they might wish to marry quickly and avoid the three weeks' delay by the calling of banns ; they might wish to marry in a parish away from their home parish; or, because a licence required a higher payment than banns, they might choose to obtain one as a status symbol.
There were two kinds of marriage licences that could be issued: the usual was known as a common licence and named one or two parishes where the wedding could take place, within the jurisdiction of the person who issued the licence. The other was the special licence , which could only be granted by the Archbishop of Canterbury or his officials and allowed the marriage to take place in any church. To obtain a marriage licence, the couple, or more usually the bridegroom, had to swear that there was no just cause or impediment why they should not marry.
This was the marriage allegation. A bond was also lodged with the church authorities for a sum of money to be paid if it turned out that the marriage was contrary to Canon Law. The bishop kept the allegation and bond and issued the licence to the groom, who then gave it to the vicar of the church where they were to get married.
There was no obligation for the vicar to keep the licence and many were simply destroyed. Hence, few historical examples of marriage licences, in England and Wales , survive.
However, the allegations and bonds were usually retained and are an important source for English genealogy. Hardwicke's Marriage Act affirmed this existing ecclesiastical law and built it into statutory law.
From this date, a marriage was only legally valid, if it followed the calling of banns in church or the obtaining of a licence —the only exceptions being Jewish and Quaker marriages, whose legality was also recognised. From the date of Lord Hardwicke's Marriage Act up to , the ceremony was required to be performed in a consecrated building. Since 1 July , civil marriages have been a legal alternative to church marriages under the Marriage Act , which provided the statutory basis for regulating and recording marriages.
So, today, a couple has a choice between being married in the Anglican Church , after the calling of banns or obtaining a licence or else, they can give "Notice of Marriage" to a civil registrar. In this latter case, the notice is publicly posted for 15 days, after which a civil marriage can take place.
Marriages may take place in churches other than Anglican churches, but these are governed by civil marriage law and notice must be given to the civil registrar in the same way. The marriage may then take place without a registrar being present if the church itself is registered for marriages and the minister or priest is an Authorised Person for marriages. The licence does not record the marriage itself, only the permission for a marriage to take place.
Since , the proof of a marriage has been by a marriage certificate , issued at the ceremony; before then, it was by the recording of the marriage in a parish register. The provisions on civil marriage in the Act were repealed by the Marriage Act The Marriage Act re-enacted and re-stated the law on marriage in England and Wales. Marriage law and practice in Scotland differs from that in England and Wales. Historically, it was always considered legal and binding for a couple to marry by making public promises, without a formal ceremony but this form has not been available since More recently "marriage by cohabitation with repute" has also been abolished for any relationship commenced since Church marriages "without proclamation" are somewhat analogous to the English "marriages by licence", although the permission to perform them is not a church matter.
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