Marriages


Marriage Licenses






Applying for your license

A marriage license must be purchased prior to your ceremony

You must apply for a Marriage licenses in person at the Inyo County Clerk-Recorder's office located in the Courthouse at 168 N. Edwards Street, Independence CA 93526. Licenses are issued between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (legal holidays excluded).

  • Both parties to the marriage must be at least 18 years old.
  • Both parties to the marriage must be appear in person.
  • Both parties must have valid identification a photo and birth date. (i.e., driver's license, passport, etc.)
  • Both parties will need to know their parents full birth names, including their mother's maiden names.
  • Both parties will need to know the state or country their parents were born in.
  • If either party has been previously married, they will need the date of dissolution of the most recent previous marriage.

You may complete the application for a Public Marriage License to bring into the office with you.

The fee for issuing the license is $52.00 - We will accept cash, a money order, check or debit/credit cards. Note: We currently do not have the capability to accept VISA credit.

If either party wants to change their name

If one or both of the parties want to have their new name (s) shown on the marriage license, the new name must be entered on the marriage license application at the time they are applying for the marriage license. The parties may choose any of the following middle or last names as the name they wish to be known as after marriage [FC § 306.5(b)(2)]:

A person may adopt any of the following middle names:
  • The current last name of either spouse
  • The last name of either spouse given at birth
  • A combination of the current middle name and the current last name of the person or spouse
  • A combination of the current middle name and the last name given at birth of the person or spouse

A person may adopt any of the following last names:
  • The current last name of either spouse
  • The last name of either spouse given at birth
  • A name combining into a single last name all of a segment of the current last name of the last name of either spouse given at birth
  • A combination of last names

IMPORTANT: 

  • You may not change your first name using this process.
  • You may not change the marriage license after it has been issued to add or amend the name you wish to be known as after you are married. The name you choose on the marriage license application will be your new name.
  • No blood tests are required.
  • There is no waiting period - the license may be used upon issuance.
  • The license is valid for 90 days from the date of issuance.
  • Marriage ceremony may be performed anywhere in the State of California

Marriage Ceremony





The Inyo County Clerk-Recorder may officiate your marriage ceremony in the County Clerk’s office or designated areas at the Historic Courthouse, located at 168 N. Edwards Street, Independence, California, Monday thru Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m. & 2:00p.m - 4:30 p.m.

You are requested to make an appointment in advance by calling (760) 878-0224.

Ceremonies may be performed in designated areas at the Historic Courthouse, when available and outside the Historic Courthouse, weather permitting at a cost of $34.00.

You need to have at least one witness.

You may have guests at your ceremony. Please advise the Clerk’s office if there is more than 15 guests to make sure there is a venue available for your guests.

After You Are Married





Once the wedding has taken place, it is the Officiant’s responsibility to return the completed Public Marriage License, either by mail or in person , to the Inyo County recorders office located at 168 N. Edwards Street, Independence, CA 93526, or by mail at P.O. Drawer F, Independence, CA 93526.

A certified copy is not automatically mailed to you. You must complete an application to receive a certified copy of the marriage.

Fees





Marriage ServicesFees effective January 1, 2017Fees effective May 11, 2017
Public Marriage License/Certificate of Marriage, Declaration of Marriage & Non-Clergy Marriage$35.00$52.00
Civil Marriage Ceremony$25.00$34.00
Confidential Marriage License*$40.00$52.00
Certified Copy of a Public Marriage License or Confidential Marriage License$15.00$15.00


* A confidential license is available to couples that declare they are unmarried, not minors and have been living together. The confidential marriage will not be made a part of the public record. In order to obtain a certified copy after you are married, you must appear in person and show identification or present a certificate by mail prepared by a notary attesting to the identification of either party.