California Marriage Records Search

Perform a free California public marriage records search, including marriage licenses, certificates, registries, and indexes.


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Find California Marriage Records

California Marriage Records provide information about marriage licenses, certificates, and registries in CA. Official Marriage Records provide information about whether a marriage is legally valid, the names of both parties to the marriage, and when the wedding took place. Marriage Records are required for certain legal processes, including name changes or applying for spousal benefits.

Find Marriage Records, including:
  • California marriage certificates
  • Certified marriage certificates
  • County marriage certificates
  • California Marriage Record registries
  • Genealogy records
Public Marriage Records in California

Couples must apply for a marriage license from the California state authorities in order to get married. The marriage license includes information about the couple, such as names, dates of birth, disclosures of prior marriages, and the wedding location. In addition to marriage licenses, public marriage records include marriage certificates, which certify a legal marriage recorded by CA state.

California Marriage Certificates

After a wedding, couples submit the marriage license form to the CA Office that issues marriage certificates. A marriage certificate acts as legal proof of the marriage. Several offices issue marriage certificates, including the California Marriage License Office and the Office of the County Clerk. A certified marriage certificate proves the marriage is valid, and it may be required to apply for insurance on a spouse's plan, change legal names, or receive other spousal benefits.

Marriage Records for Name Changes in CA

Legal name changes after a marriage require a certified marriage certificate. Individuals can apply for a certified marriage certificate from the County of City Clerk Office or the California Marriage License Office. After receiving a certified marriage certificate, individuals need to apply for an updated Social Security card with the Social Security Office, change names on their driver's license with the CA Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), and change names on any bank accounts, credit cards, and other accounts. Changing legal names on a passport also requires a certified marriage certificate.

Marriage Records Registry

Marriage registries, also known as a marriage database, lists information about all marriages that have taken place in CA. Marriage indexes record marriage licenses and certificates issued by the California Office. These databases provide valuable information for social scientists studying marriage patterns.

Ancestry Records

Genealogists rely on Marriage Records to trace ancestry and identify links between families. Marriage Records can date back centuries, offering valuable information on family history. Genealogists can find Marriage records through California vital records searches and by searching for marriage licenses issued. These public record searches include information on women's maiden names, when a couple married, and where they married. Some Marriage records also list the names of the bride and groom's parents.