Marriages

Applying for your license

Important! Due to COVID-19, our office is only offering curb-side services at this time. Call 760-878-0224  or email to schedule an appointment. 

A marriage license must be purchased prior to your ceremony

You must apply for a Marriage licenses in person at the Inyo County Clerk-Recorder's office located in the Courthouse at 168 N. Edwards Street, Independence CA 93526. Licenses are issued between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (legal holidays excluded).

  • Both parties to the marriage must be at least 18 years old.
  • Both parties to the marriage must be appear in person.
  • Both parties must have valid identification a photo and birth date. (i.e., driver's license, passport, etc.)
  • Both parties will need to know their parents full birth names, including their mother's maiden names.
  • Both parties will need to know the state or country their parents were born in.
  • If either party has been previously married, they will need the date of dissolution of the most recent previous marriage.

You may complete the application for a Public Marriage License to bring into the office with you.

The fee for issuing the license is $52.00 - We will accept cash, a money order or check only.

If either party wants to change their name

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

IMPORTANT: 

  • You may not change your first name using this process.
  • You may not change the marriage license after it has been issued to add or amend the name you wish to be known as after you are married. The name you choose on the marriage license application will be your new name.
  • No blood tests are required.
  • There is no waiting period - the license may be used upon issuance.
  • The license is valid for 90 days from the date of issuance.
  • Marriage ceremony may be performed anywhere in the State of California

Marriage Ceremony

The Inyo County Clerk-Recorder may officiate your marriage ceremony in the County Clerk’s office or designated areas at the Historic Courthouse, located at 168 N. Edwards Street, Independence, California.

You must make an appointment in advance by calling (760) 878-0224.

Ceremonies may be performed in designated areas outside at the Historic Courthouse, at a cost of $34.00.

You need to have at least one witness.

You may have guests at your ceremony. 

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 recorders office located at 168 N. Edwards Street, Independence, CA 93526, or by mail at P.O. Drawer F, Independence, CA 93526.

A certified copy is not automatically mailed to you. You must complete an application to receive a certified copy of the marriage.

Marriage Certificates

How do I order a copy of a Marriage Certificate?

To protect the privacy of individuals, only certain people are authorized to receive a certified copy of a Marriage Certificate. The fee for each copy is $15.00. You can order an authorized certified copy of a marriage certificate, in the following ways:

  •  Online. You can order a copy online through VitalChek.
  • Through the mail. You can order a copy through the mail by following the steps outlined below.
  1. Download the application for an authorized certified copy of a Marriage Certificate
  2. Complete the form
  3. Have your signature notarized
  4. Include a check or money order for $15.00 per copy
  5. Mail the form to:
    • Inyo County Recorder
    • PO Drawer F
    • Independence, CA 93526
  • In person. By appointment only

 

Fees

 

Marriages fee schedule

* 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.