Civil Wedding Ceremonies

Service Changes Effective July 20, 2020

Effective Monday, July 20, 2020, the Clerk-Recorder Department will close its branch offices in Anaheim, Laguna Hills, and at the Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana.

The department's office at the County Service Center in Santa Ana will remain open but only offer over-the-counter service for the following services:

All other services are offered by mail only. 

The following services must be requested by mail. No over-the-counter service is available until further notice:

  • Official Record Copies
  • EIR Filings

For marriage services, please visit  https://www.ocrecorder.com/services/marriage-services for more information. 
For more information about the services offered by the Clerk-Recorder Department, please call the department's information line at (714) 834-2500, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except holidays.

Civil Marriage Ceremonies

Civil non-sectarian wedding ceremonies are $28. Ceremonies can be performed at the department's North County Branch Office in Anaheim, the South County Branch Office in the Laguna Hills Civic Center and at the Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana by appointment only. A marriage license must be purchased prior to the ceremony. Both individuals must be able to read, speak, and understand English. If not, the couple must bring a witness who can also serve as a translator to have a ceremony performed. The department does not provide translation services.

  • A public marriage license must be signed by at least one witness present on the day that the ceremony is performed.
  • The couple must provide one witness if they are a having a marriage ceremony performed after having obtained a public marriage license. The department will not provide witnesses under any circumstances.
  • A marriage ceremony will not be performed if a couple doesn't have a witness present who can sign their public marriage license and who can physically witness the marriage ceremony.
  • All marriage ceremonies will be performed at the service desk/counter. Ceremony rooms are not available at this time.

The department will be implementing strict social distancing guidelines as well as the following restrictions to ensure the safety of the couples and staff:

  • For couples who have already purchased a public marriage license and are looking to have a marriage ceremony performed, only the couple and one witnesses may be present. No guests allowed.
  • For couples who have already purchased a confidential marriage license are looking to have a marriage ceremony performed, only the couple can be present. No guests allowed.
  • Couples must present valid government issued photo identification at their appointment.
  • All marriage ceremonies will be performed at the service desk/counter. Ceremony rooms are not available at this time.
  • No walk-in applicants will be taken during this time.

To Make an Appointment

For those looking to have a marriage ceremony performed, you must complete your marriage license application at https://ocweddings.ocrecorder.com/#/ and make an appointment online.

For more information, please call our information line, Monday - Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Clerk-Recorder Department Information Line
(714) 834-2500

Again, service is by appointment only. No appointment, no service.