General Information

Contact Dept

  • Email:
    clerk-elections@co.fresno.ca.us
  • Address:
    2221 Kern Street,
    Fresno, CA 93721
  • County Clerk Services:
    (559) 600-CLRK or (559) 600-2575
  • Elections:
    (559) 600-VOTE or (559) 600-8683
  • Email Department

Marriage Licenses

 

A T T E N T I O N

The Clerk Services Unit has been experiencing an unexpected high volume of calls recently. Most of the frequently asked questions can be found under the Menu/FACTS tab on this website.  By accessing the website, your questions may be answered in a timely manner. If your question is still not answered, please contact us at 559-600-2575 or by email at elections@co.fresno.ca.us. Here are a few of the most commonly asked questions. 

Q.  Can I make an appointment to purchase a license and get married? 
A.  Our office does not accept appointments.  The office is open M-F, 8:30am to 4pm and operates on a first come, first serve basis.  

Q.  What is needed to purchase a marriage license? 
A.  Both parties must be 18 years old and present a government issued photo ID card. The driver’s license is the most common form of ID presented.  If no driver’s license is available, a birth certificate and another form of photo ID must be presented. 

Q.  Can I get married at the County Clerk’s office? 
A.  Yes, our ceremony room can accommodate 10 guests in addition to the couple getting married. No reservations are required to use the ceremony room however an additional fee of $21 is required. 

Q.  Do I need a witness for the marriage ceremony? 
A.  One or two witnesses must be present. If you do not have a witness, our office will provide one at no extra charge. 

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Before a marriage license can be issued, First Person and Second Person must bring in a valid driver's license or a DMV issued Identification Card. If you do not have either of these, you must provide a certified copy of your birth certificate and another acceptable form of picture I.D.

To obtain a Confidential Marriage License, First Person and Second Person must be living together as a married couple. The same I.D. requirements as mentioned above are applicable.

A wedding facility is available in the County Clerk's office and a civil marriage commissioner is on site to perform marriage ceremonies.

Amendment on a Marriage License - Within the first year there is no fee but there is a $15.00 fee for a certified copy of the Amendment. After a year there is a fee of $20.00 which includes the certified copy. Declaration for a Marriage License - $50.00.

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