Here's what you need to know and what documents to bring with you before you apply for a Riverside County marriage license. We recommend getting this legal aspect of your wedding out of the way about a month before your ceremony date.
It is recommended that you call the Riverside County or City Clerk's office to see if they suggest setting an appointment.
ID and Riverside County Residency Requirements:
Riverside 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 Riverside County to apply for a marriage license there.
Information you need to know before you start filling out the marriage license application:
Where each of your parents were born (city and state)
The names of your parents including your mother’s maiden name
Confidential License in Riverside 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.
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).
Riverside County Waiting Period:
There is no waiting period in Riverside County.
It will cost you $45.00+ to get married in Riverside 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!
Riverside County doesn't require blood tests.
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.
Yes, proxy marriages are allowed in Riverside 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 Riverside County proxy marriage law allows military personnel to give their power of attorney for someone to stand in for them during their wedding ceremony.
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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