Wedding season is officially upon us and with that, comes a lot of planning. Lucky for you, the Sacramento County Clerk/Recorder’s office
is here to help. How exactly? From marriage licenses and ceremonies to copies of marriage certificates, they’ve got you covered.
In 2017, more than 9,400 marriage licenses were registered and 4,423 civil ceremonies were performed. This year is off to a busy start and the Sacramento County Clerk/ Recorder’s office would like to remind Sacramento County residents of the services and programs available to help make the planning process a bit easier.
Apply for a marriage license: You’re getting married, congratulations! Now, it’s time to start thinking about getting your marriage license. Get started by completing the application and scheduling an appointment to get your marriage license at any of the three office locations. To help save you time, the application is available online at Sacramento County Clerk /Recorder website. Before applying, review the eligibility requirements and check to make sure you have everything needed for your appointment. And remember, marriage licenses are valid for 90 days from the date of issuance. If you don’t get married within those 90 days, the license becomes void and you must re-apply to purchase a new license.
One-time Deputy Commissioner Program: Do you have a friend or family member that you’d like to perform the ceremony? Through this program, any U.S. citizen who is over 18 years of age can do just that. After completing and returning the Deputy Commissioner Application Form, a representative will review the application and schedule a time for the applicant to appear in the Sacramento County Clerk/Recorder’s office to be sworn in as a Deputy Commissioner of Civil Marriage.
Marriage certificates: After you say “I Do,” your signed marriage license will need to be delivered back to the Sacramento County Clerk /Recorder’s office. Once processed and registered, a certified copy of the marriage certificate will be made available for purchase. To purchase a certified copy of your marriage certificate, you can order copies online, in person, by mail or fax.