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If any questions or concerns please call: (559) 600-VOTE or (559) 600-8683


  • You can apply in person for your marriage license at Fresno County Clerk, 2220 Tulare Street, County Plaza, 1st floor, Fresno, California.
  • Marriage licenses are issued Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Customers are taken on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Both parties must:
  1. Appear together and present valid government-issued photo identification with proof of age. You must be 18 years of age to purchase a marriage license.
  2. Provide full parental names and State/County of birth.
  3. Provide dissolution status with dates for both applicants on previous marriages if applicable.
  4. Appropriate fee (see link), paid by cash or credit/debit card. No checks or $100 currency is accepted.


Public

  • There is no residency requirement for either party.
  • You can purchase a license in any county. You can use it anywhere in the State of California. The license when used must be returned to the county of purchase.
  • You can purchase copies of your public marriage license from the Recorder’s office in the county where you purchased it.
  • Fee - $58 payable by cash or credit/debit only.

Confidential:

  • Must be living together at the same residence.
  • You can purchase a license in any county. You can use it anywhere in the State of California. The license when used must be returned to the county of purchase.
  • Fee - $69 payable by cash or credit/debit only.
  • Certified copies of a confidential marriage license may be obtained only by parties to the marriage or by court order. You may obtain copies either in person or by mail for $15 per copy. If by mail, submit a Confidential Marriage Certificate Application along with payment.

  • No particular wording is required for solemnization of the marriage, but both parties will declare, in the presence of the person solemnizing the marriage and at least one witness, that they take each other as spouses.
  • Cultural or religious ceremonies are not legal in the State of California.
  • A marriage license from the County Clerk’s office is required prior to having a civil ceremony.
  • It is the responsibility of the parties to be married to verify that the officiant is authorized in the State of California to solemnize the marriage ceremony. See link - (Family Code Section 400)
  • The Fresno County Clerk’s office can perform your civil ceremony. Customers are helped on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Fee - $21 payable by cash or credit/debit only.

There are very specific rules for changing your name after you are married.  The Name Equality Act of 2007 gives specific information that you must follow.

The Fresno County Clerk’s office suggests that you notify the following agencies of your name change:

  • Social Security Administration (SSA)
  • Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
  • Voter Registration
  • Credit card agencies
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • Utility companies
  • United States Post Office (USPS)
  • Department of State – Passport Services
  • Financial Institutions
  • Your employer