How to Get a Marriage License in Temecula
May 2020 update: The County of Riverside is now issuing in-person marriage licenses by appointment only as well as license by video-conference. For more information, see the Riverside County Clerk website.
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Paperwork is just a fact of life, and you can't get married (at least not in the eyes of Uncle Sam) without some! Below is a comprehensive overview on getting your marriage license in Temecula. Note that if you're from a different area of California, you can get your license local to you for your Temecula wedding. If you're looking to file your license in Riverside County, however, below is the best information to do so!
Marriage License Authority in Temecula
Riverside County is responsible for issuing marriage licenses in Temecula. The County Clerk issues licenses Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Both parties must come into a county clerk office together, be over 18 years of age, and have valid, current picture identification.
The state of California recognizes and issues licenses for same-sex marriages.
Riverside County issues both public and confidential marriage licenses. The county recommends a confidential marriage license only when the couple wishes the marriage date to be private. Otherwise they recommend a public marriage license.
The current fee for a public marriage license is $90. The cost for a confidential marriage license is $110.
The county clerk recommends filling out an application in advance of your office visit, which will stay in the system for 120 days. Marriage licenses are good for 90 days once issued.
Wait Time for Marriage License
Marriage licenses are issued on the same day, so long as both parties have met all requirements.
Getting a Marriage License After a Divorce
If either party has been divorced within the past 90 days, you are required to bring a copy of the final dissolution. If the divorce was more than 90 days ago, you do not need a dissolution, but you do need to provide the date the divorce was finalized.
Civil Marriage Ceremony
The County Clerk's office will perform a civil marriage ceremony for $85. An appointment must be made. Ceremonies can be performed at their Riverside Gateway, Riverside Downtown, Hemet, Temecula, and Palm Desert locations. The ceremony can be performed the same day as the marriage license issuance, so long as an appointment has been made.
Where to Send Your Marriage License
The completed license must be mailed back to 2724 Gateway Dr, Riverside, CA 92507. You will be provided with an envelope to make it easier to mail back the license. Licenses must be mailed back within 10 days following the ceremony.
For more information on obtaining your marriage license in Temecula, see the Riverside County Marriage License & Ceremony page on the County Clerk's website.
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