There are many marriage requirements from each state and each county. It’s important to know what your state and county’s marriage requirements are.

Many people who I talk to who are trying to get married in Los Angeles County do not know that a marriage license must be issued before your wedding ceremony. I’ve talked to too many couples who had a “wedding ceremony” and then found out that the marriage was not considered legal because they thought they could get the marriage license after the wedding ceremony. It’s important to follow the marriage requirements in California correctly and in order.

In Los Angeles County and through the State of California marriage requirements are basically in three simple steps:

  1. You must first apply for and receive a California marriage license. I can take care of that for you.
  2. You then have 90 days to have an authorized wedding officiant (hopefully this Los Angeles wedding officiant) perform your marriage ceremony and complete and date the Marriage Certificate at the bottom of your marriage license.  Importantly, you can not become “married on paper” without a ceremony.  Some form of simple marriage ceremony, no mater how simple or extravagant, is required before the 90 day period expires and your marriage license becomes invalid.
  3. Your officiant must file your completed Marriage License and Certificate with the County Clerk’s office that issued your Marriage License within ten days of your wedding day. I can also take care of that for you. I actually file all Los Angeles County marriage licenses in person to the L.A. County Clerk’s office to avoid any mail delivery delays, problems or mistakes in the mailroom (so many things can go wrong and I’ve seen them all happen.)

If you would like to avoid all the hassle and headaches navigating through the marriage requirement process, give me a call. I can make it really easy for you to get married in Los Angeles or almost anywhere is Los Angeles County. That’s my job as a Los Angeles wedding officiant.

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