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Alameda County Clerk-Recorder's Office

Applying For A Marriage License

There are two types of marriage licenses commonly issued in California. The public marriage license and confidential marriage license. Please review carefully the information provided to determine which type of license is best suited to your particular situation. Learn more about the types of Marriage licenses.

To apply for a marriage license both parties must appear in-person and be 18 years of age or older. Government-issued picture identification is required. The license may be used only in the state of California, no later than 90 days after it is issued.

Come to the Alameda County Clerk-Recorder's Office, 1106 Madison Street, Oakland, CA 94607, to obtain your license. No appointment is needed to apply for a marriage license or for the ceremony. The fee is $81.00 for a public license and $90.00 for a confidential license. The fee is $17.00 for one certified copy of the completed public or confidential marriage certificate. Requests for marriage licenses must be made before 4:00 PM.

For information and forms regarding Power of Attorney for military marriages pursuant to SB7, select the following link:
SB7 Military Power of Attorney and Instructions (140KB) *

* PDF file requires the free Adobe Reader.

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