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Obtaining a Confidential Marriage License

When a confidential license is issued for a marriage, the marriage record will be maintained as Confidential. ONLY the married couple may obtain copies of the marriage certificate, EXCEPT by order of the Superior Court.

PLEASE NOTE: The office of the Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder strongly advises that a Public marriage license be issued except in those instances where the confidentiality of the marriage date is important. It has been our experience that complications frequently arise when copies are requested and can ONLY be issued to the married couple.

To obtain a confidential marriage license you must not only meet the requirements for a Public marriage license, you must also meet the following requirements:

  • Both parties must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Both parties must swear in writing that they have already been living together.
  • Effective January 1st, 2015 the Confidential Marriage License may be used anywhere in the State of California.

The fee for a confidential marriage license is $100.00

Once a confidential marriage license is issued, the ceremony must be performed within the State of California within 90 days from the issuance of the marriage license.

A civil ceremony may be performed by appointment at the following locations: Gateway East Riverside (extended hours on Thursdays only from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm), Downtown Riverside, Hemet, Temecula (outside courtyard only), and Palm Desert. Your ceremony may be performed the same day you obtain your marriage license provided you have an appointment. 

For additional information, please contact any one of the County Clerk's office locations during regular business hours.

To apply online for a Confidential marriage license click here.

Para solicitar una licencia de matrimonio confidencial en linea haga clic aqui.