California Marriages

California Marriages

In dealing with relationships, the state of California legally recognizes three basic types. There are marriages, domestic partnerships and what is sometimes mistakenly referred to as common law marriage. A marriage in California is legally defined as being between two unmarried people, both at least 18 years old. To get married, the couple needs a marriage license issued by the state.

No blood test is required to get a marriage license in California. Both partners have to appear in person at the county Clerk of Court and show valid picture identification such as a driver’s license or passport. If either has been married before, that person must provide the date of the divorce.

The couple can obtain either a public marriage license, which becomes public record, or a confidential license that is not a public record. The fee for a marriage license is about $80 and it is valid for 90 days. After the marriage is solemnized, by a minister, judge, or certain other public officials, the person performing the ceremony must submit the completed license to the court clerk within 10 days.