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Kern County Marriage License Application & Information

County of Kern
Auditor-Controller-County Clerk
Ann K. Barnett
1115 Truxtun Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301-4639
Regular Office Hours 8:00am-5:00pm Mon-Fri
Open to the public 8:30am-4:00pm Mon-Fri

Applications for a Marriage License


  • List of Officiant Serving Kern County
  • Reverend Kyle Brown Kern County Bridal Association 661-633-9200 or 661-979-1197
  • Reverend Albert M. Haywood Non Denominational 661-663-8829 or 661-333-1004
  • Reverend Belinda Singleton Non Denominational 661-477-6643
  • Weddings on Wings Non Denominational 661-203-4324
  • Click here to print this list


General Instructions:
Print the form
Completely fill out the form (All data must be completed.)
Bring the form to the County Clerk's Office.
Click on the link below to print out the Kern County Marriage License Application in English or Spanish
All Forms open in ADOBE PDF


Instruciones:
Imprima la solicitud
Complete y traiga la solicitud. (Toda la informacion debe estar completa.)

Public Lic
Confidential Marriage Lic





How do we obtain a marriage license?

Is a blood test required?

What do I need to get a marriage license?

Marriage license types

Application for a Marriage License

When does a marriage license expire?

What happens to the license after the ceremony?

Can the marriage ceremony be performed in our office?

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How do we obtain a marriage license?

Licenses are issued Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the County Clerk's Office located in the Kern County Administrative building. To purchase a marriage license, both parties must appear together and have a completed marriage license application.

Kern County Administrative Building
1115 Truxtun Ave, 1st Floor
Bakersfield, Ca 93301

(661) 868-3743

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Is a Blood test required to obtain a Marriage License?

No. A blood test is no longer required.

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What do I need to get a marriage license?

If you are 17 years of age or younger, you must call the Kern County Probation Department at (661) 868-4313 before you can purchase a marriage license.

If you are 18 years of age or older and would like to purchase a PUBLIC license, you will need a driver's license or some form of government issued ID. Both parties must be present when obtaining a public marriage license.

If you are 18 years of age or older and are obtaining a CONFIDENTIAL marriage license, you will need a driver's license or some form of government issued ID. Both parties must be present when obtaining a confidential marriage license.

For further information, please call the County Clerk's Office at (661) 868-3743.

If your divorce was finalized within the last 90 days, you must provide final judgment of dissolution when applying for a license..

If you are in a SRDP(State Registered Domestic Partnership as registered with the Secretary of State), pursuant to Family Code, Section 298.5(c), no person who has filed a Declaration of Domestic Partnership may enter a marriage with someone other than their registered domestic partner unless the most recent domestic partnership has been terminated or a final judgment of dissolution or nullity has been entered, or the domestic partnership terminated due to death of one of the domestic partners.

 

- MARRIAGE LICENSE TYPES -

PUBLIC LICENSE

CONFIDENTIAL LICENSE

» Public record

» Not available for public inspection

» License good for 90 days

» License good for 90 days

» License can be used throughout the state of California

» License can only be used in the county where purchased

» Current fee is $67.00

» Current fee is $80.00

 

» Couple must be living together and both must be at least 18 years of age.

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Application for a Marriage License

General instructions - print the form, complete and bring with you to the County Clerks Office. All data must be completed. All Forms open in ADOBE PDF

Public Lic
Confidential Marriage Lic

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When does a marriage license expire?

The marriage license is only good for 90 days from the date issued. If not used within 90 days, a new license must be obtained.

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What happens to the license after the ceremony?

Public Marriage Licenses

The license should be completed by the person performing the ceremony and returned to the Kern County Recorder's Office within 10 days from the ceremony. The license is recorded and a certified copy will be made available to you within approximately 10-14 business days after it is received. The fee for a certified copy of your Public Marriage License is $13.00. If you need a certified copy of your Public Marriage License, please stop by the address below or call:

The Kern County Recorder's Office
1655 Chester Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301
(661) 868-6400


KERN COUNTY RECORDER ONLINE


Confidential Marriage Licenses

A certified copy of a Confidential Marriage License may be purchased 8:30am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday by only the parties to be married. Photo I.D., such as a California Driver's License, is required. The fee for a certified copy of a Confidential Marriage License is $13.00. The Kern County Clerk's Office accepts cash, money orders, bank imprinted personal checks made payable to the Kern County Clerk, or credit cards.

The license should be completed by the person performing the ceremony and returned to the Kern County Clerk's Office within 10 days from the ceremony. Certified copies will be availiable within 5-7 business days after it is received.

Kern County Clerk
1115 Truxtun Avenue, 1st Floor
Bakersfield, CA 93301
(661) 868-3743

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Can the marriage ceremony be performed by the Kern County Clerk Office?

The Kern County Clerk's office dose not perform ceremonies. to find an officiant please click here

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Please feel free to contact us with any further questions you may have regarding your marriage license.

Our Address is:
Kern County Clerk's Office
1115 Truxtun Ave, 1st Floor
Bakersfield, CA 93301

Or reach us by phone at: (661) 868-3743

Fee Schedule

MARRIAGE LICENSES
Public Marriage License
$67.00
Confidential Marriage License
$80.00
Duplicate Marriage License (to replace lost or damaged license prior to recording)
$5.00
Certified Copy of Confidential Marriage License
*available to couple only
$13.00
Amendment & Certified Copy of Confidential Marriage License after 1 year (or longer)
*available to couple only
$20.00

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