San Bernardino County 

Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Q. What is the difference between a “Regular” and a “Confidential” marriage license?
There are a number of differences. A regular marriage license is a public record. A license and certificate of confidential marriage is only accessible by a spouse or by decree signed by a superior court judge. At least one witness is required to observe the solemnization for a regular, public ceremony. No witnesses are required to observe a confidential marriage ceremony. A regular license may be used throughout the state. However, the confidential license may only be used in the county of issue. The confidential license fee is $2.00 more than the regular license.
Q. What are acceptable forms of identification?
Q. Are blood tests required?
Q. Is there a waiting period between purchasing the license and the ceremony?
Q. Do I have to be a United States citizen?
Q. Do I have to reside in California?
Q. I was married in another country, do I need to get married in the U.S.A. to make it legal?
Q. Who is authorized to solemnize a marriage ceremony?
Q. How can I get married if I am under the age of 18?
Q. Does purchasing a marriage license make us married?
Q. How do I transfer title on a property?