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A Marriage License Must Be Purchased Prior To Your Ceremony

Marriage License

Marriage licenses can be obtained at the Inyo County Clerk-Recorder's Office located in the Court House at 168 N. Edwards Street, Independence CA 93526.

Licenses are issued between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (legal holidays excluded)

  • Both applicants must be 18 Years and Over

  • Both applicants must be present

  • Applicants must have valid identification with birth date (i.e., driver's license, passport, etc.)

  • Applicants will need to know their parents full birth names, including their mother's maiden name

  • Applicants will need to know the state or country of birth of their parents

  • If either party has been previously married, they will need the date of dissolution of the most recent previous marriage

  • You may fill out and print the online application for a Public Marriage License to bring into the office

  • The fee for issuing the license is $35 - We will accept cash, a money order, check or debit/credit cards. Note: We currently do not have the capability to accept VISA credit.

 
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New as of 1/1/2010 - If one or both of the parties want to have their new name(s) shown on the marriage license, the new name must be entered on the marriage license application at the time they are applying for the marriage license. The parties may choose any of the following middle or last names as the name they wish to be known as after marriage [FC § 306.5(b)(2)]:

A person may adopt any of the following middle names:

  • The current last name of either spouse

  • The last name of either spouse given at birth

  • A hyphenated combination of the current middle name and the current last name of the person or spouse

  • A hyphenated combination of the current middle name and the last name given at birth of the person or spouse

A person may adopt any of the following last names:

  • The current last name of either spouse

  • The last name of either spouse given at birth

  • A name combining into a single last name all of a segment of the current last name of the last name of either spouse given at birth

  • A hyphenated combination of last names

NOTE: You may not change your first name using this process. IMPORTANT: You may not amend the marriage license after it has been issued to add or change the name you wish to be known as after you are married. The name you indicate on the marriage license application will be your name on the marriage license/certificate and cannot be changed by the County Clerk.

  • No blood tests are required

  • No waiting period - the license may be used upon issuance

  • License is valid for 90 days from the date of issuance

  • Marriage ceremony may be performed anywhere in the State of California

It is unlawful for our employees to answer questions of a legal nature. County Clerk staff cannot advise you how to complete the marriage license application as it relates to your entry of a new name or retention of your former name on the marriage license application. For your protection, if you have any questions regarding whether you should or should not list your new name on the marriage license application, and/or how the Name Equality Act of 2007 may affect you, please consult an attorney prior to applying for your marriage license.

 
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Marriage Ceremony

  • The Inyo County Clerk-Recorder may perform a marriage ceremony in the County Clerk’s office or designated areas at the Historic Courthouse, located at 168 N. Edwards Street, Independence, California, Monday thru Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m. & 2:00p.m - 4:30 p.m.

    • You are requested to make an appointment in advance by calling (760) 878-0224.

    • Ceremonies may be performed in designated areas at the Historic Courthouse, when available and outside the Historic Courthouse, weather permitting at a cost of $25.

    • You need to have at least one witness.

    • You may have guests at your ceremony, please advise the Clerk’s office if there is more than 15 guests to make sure there is a venue available for your guests. The County Clerk’s office is a public office so we kindly ask that you please be aware of staff conducting business with other customers.

 
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After You Are Married

  • Once the wedding has taken place, it is the Officiant’s responsibility to return the completed Public Marriage License, either by mail or in person , to the Inyo County Recorder’s office located at 168 N. Edwards Street, Independence, CA 93526, or by mail at P.O. Drawer F, Independence, CA 93526.

  • An Application for a Certified Copy of the Marriage License must be completed and returned to The Inyo County Recorder’s Office, along with a charge of $15 for each Certified Marriage Certificate issued.

  • Either couple, who is changing their last name, may want to order additional copies for other Governmental Agencies which require a Certified Copies for name changes.

For Marriage Licensing code see Family Code 350

Congratulations & Best Wishes

Fees

Public Marriage License/Certificate of Marriage, Declaration of Marriage & Non-Clergy Marriage

$35.00

Civil Marriage Ceremony

$25.00

Confidential Marriage License*

$40.00

Certified Copy of a Public Marriage License or Confidential Marriage License

$15.00

* A confidential license is available to couples that declare they are unmarried, not minors and have been living together. The confidential marriage will not be made a part of the public record. In order to obtain a certified copy after you are married, you must appear in person and show identification or present a certificate by mail prepared by a notary attesting to the identification of either party.