*Make sure that your valid identification has your full name on it (first, middle and last). If it does not contain your full name, contact
us to discuss possible options before coming in.
A Confidential Marriage License is only valid for 90 days from the date we pick the license up from the county recorder's office. To
schedule an appointment for a marriage license, please email or call. If emailing, please include the date and time you are interested
in coming in to receive your marriage license. Also include the wedding date.
• If either party has been granted a divorce within 90 days, a certified decree must be presented at the time of issuance.
A Registered Domestic Partnership (RDP) need not be dissolved prior to the issuance of a marriage license if the parties to the RDP and
the parties to the marriage license are identical.
If you have obtained a Withdrawal of Domestic Partnership within 90 days of applying for a marriage license from someone other than
the person you are applying for a marriage license with, a stamped filed copy of the Withdrawal of Domestic Partnership must be
• Both parties must swear in writing that they have already been living together
• The attached application form should be filled out and either emailed or faxed ahead of your appointment time. If you choose
not to send it ahead of time, please bring the form with you to your appointment. Please make sure it is legible.
The marriage record will be maintained as Confidential and ONLY the named parties may obtain copies of the marriage certificate,
EXCEPT by order of the Court.
The total fee for a Confidential Marriage License (includes the license, notary fees for the license and certified copies,
and a processing fee) is $200.00. If you would like for your license to be ready ahead of your arrival, please contact our shop and make
a non-refundable marriage license payment (credit card, cash or check is acceptable) of $95.00.
Once I issue your marriage license you will give that license to your officiant who will marry you. Your officiant will deliver the completed
license to the Monterey County Recorder’s Office for recording. Once the license is recorded your marriage certificates will be available.
To receive certified copies of your marriage certificates by mail you will fill out a request form and I will notarize it during your appointment
with me. The form will need to be mailed after the wedding with a check or money order payable to the Monterey County Clerk for $15.00 per certified copy.
Couples who choose the Confidential License should be aware that when certified copies of the Confidential Marriage certificate are
requested, the copies can ONLY be issued to either of the named parties with proper identification.
It typically takes about 45 minutes to process the paperwork for your marriage license and request for certified copies (a little less time if
your license was paid for and typed out in advance).