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Marriage Laws U.S. California Imperial County

Here's what you need to know and what documents to bring with you before you apply for a Imperial County marriage license. We recommend getting this legal aspect of your wedding out of the way about a month before your ceremony date.

Requirements vary as each marriage license bureau in California have their own requirements. It is important that you verify all information with your Imperial marriage license office or Imperial county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.

Imperial County Marriage License Office

Imperial County Recorder
940 Main Street
El Centro, CA 92243
Room 202
(760) 339-4427
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M - F
Closed for holidays Observed by Imperial County

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Call for Appointment:

It is recommended that you call the Imperial County or City Clerk's office to see if they suggest setting an appointment.

ID and Imperial County Residency Requirements:

Imperial County requires a picture id such as Drivers License or other valid identification. Some counties recommend bringing certified copies of your birth certificates.

You do not have to be a resident of Imperial County to apply for a marriage license there.

Information you need to know before you start filling out the marriage license application:

Confidential License in Imperial County:

If you have lived together as a married couple, you can apply for a confidential license. This means there is no public record of your marriage.

Previous Marriages:

You must show proof of divorce, death or annulment. You need to bring a copy of your final divorce decree if you have divorced within the 90 days through past year (varies by county).

Imperial County Waiting Period:

There is no waiting period in Imperial County.


It will cost you $45.00+ to get married in Imperial County. Some California counties charge $84+. The cost of receiving a marriage license varies from county to county and some California counties will only accept cash ... so call to verify what the county charges for a marriage license and don't leave home without cash to pay for the license!

Other Tests:

Imperial County doesn't require blood tests.

Under 18:

If either the bride or groom is under 18, at least one of the minor’s parents, or legal guardian, must appear with the couple. Certified copies of birth certificates are required. The couple must also schedule an appointment with a counselor and then appear before a California superior court judge.

Proxy Marriages:

Yes, proxy marriages are allowed in Imperial County but on a very limited basis. Only members of the armed forces who are stationed far away in wars or conflicts can apply for a proxy marriage. The Imperial County proxy marriage law allows military personnel to give their power of attorney for someone to stand in for them during their wedding ceremony.

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Common Law Marriages:


Same Sex Marriages:


Officiants in California:

Clergy, Justices, Judges, Magistrates, Marriage Commissioners (current or retired).
Frequently Asked Questions by Marriage Officiants


License is valid for 90 days.

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

You have to contact the County Recorder's Office in the county in which the marriage occurred to get a certified copy of a marriage license.

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It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.

Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice.

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