Public Marriage License Requirements

A Marriage License must be purchased prior to your ceremony

Cost to obtain your Marriage License $72

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make appointments
Hours for Marriage License and / or Ceremony are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
It takes about 30 minutes for the license to be issued

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  • Both unmarried applicants must be present
  • Both must have Valid Government photo identification, such as a driver's license or passport
  • Blood tests are no longer required as of January 1, 1995
  • Applicants must be 18 years and older
    • Applicants under the age of 18:
      If either party is under 18, you must contact the Juvenile Probation Department at 530-265-1300.

Information Required on Marriage License Application

  • Complete legal name of each party obtaining the marriage license
  • If previously married, need month, day and year of dissolution/death/annulment (to the best of your knowledge)
  • Need Parents' full names (Mother's maiden name)
  • Need Parents' state / country of birth

Apply Online Come Prepared


Step 1

Print Name Equality Act of 2007 Form (PDF) sign and date. This must be submitted at the time of applying for the Marriage License in the Nevada County Clerk-Recorder's Office. View map and directions (PDF).

Step 2

After reading and completing


, complete Online Application before coming into our office to get your marriage license. Your completed application is stored up to 60 days in the Clerk-Recorder's Office.

Getting Married

After the license is issued, it can be used immediately. You must be married by an authorized person.

You must be married within 90 days of the date the license was issued and you must be married anywhere in the State of California.