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A public marriage license is a public record. It is valid for a ceremony throughout the state. At least one witness is required and there is a $83 purchase fee. A confidential marriage license is not available for public inspection. It is valid for a ceremony in California. No witnesses are required. The applicants must sign a statement stating that they have been living together as spouses. There is a $95 purchase fee. Note: Family Code §511 states that the Clerk may disclose the fact that there is a record on file but further information is available only upon presentation of a Court Order.
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1127 1st Street, Ste. A, Napa, CA 94559.
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
8 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
We record documents between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. every day, excluding legal holidays. We are open during the lunch hour for recording. We will accept documents after 3 p.m. and hold them to record the next day if the document meets recording requirements and payment for the recording fees is left with the document.
No, please contact the Napa County Superior Court at 707-299-1130.
You must obtain the marriage license prior to the ceremony. The license is valid for 90 days beginning the day it is issued.
You will appear together in person with photo identification to complete an application that is used as a worksheet to issue the marriage license. You will be providing personal information that includes your parents’ full and maiden names with their states of birth. If applicable, you will need to provide the date that the most recent marriage ended.
Applicants must be unmarried, over the age of 18 and appear together in person.
Our office will provide a witness for an additional $35.00 fee.
There is no waiting period and no residency requirements to be married in California.
No. The blood test requirement was eliminated in January 1995.
Yes, by appointment, for a $51 fee. Appointments are scheduled Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. We perform ceremonies any time between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 2 to 3:30 p.m.
No. You may arrive 30 to 45 minutes in advance of your ceremony appointment in order to complete the paperwork necessary for purchasing your marriage license.
In California, persons authorized include:
Note: Ship’s captains do not have authority to solemnize California marriages unless they are also authorized.
Yes, as ex-officio Commissioner of Civil Marriages, the County Clerk may appoint individuals as Deputy Commissioners of civil marriages for a single ceremony for which they cannot receive any compensation or gratuity.
The person must be at least 18 years of age and appear in person at the County Clerk’s office prior to the ceremony date to take an Oath of Office. There is a fee of $63 and the applicant will provide their own full name, address and telephone number, the specific date and location of the wedding ceremony, the couple's names, and whether the couple purchased a public or confidential marriage license. The Clerk’s office will provide a sample civil ceremony and instruction.
If the change is due to a marriage you will need to present a certified copy of your marriage certificate to Social Security Administration and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Any other type of name change is handled through the Superior Court and you may inquire at 707-299-1130.
If either party is under the age of 18, an interview must be scheduled with Superior Court. Contact Family Court Services at 707-299-1240. A certified copy of the Court Order granting permission to marry must be provided to the County Clerk to purchase a marriage license.
No, please contact your local City Hall:
Please contact the Napa County Superior Court at 707-299-1130.
No, this office administers and holds records of Notary Public oaths but no staff is a Notary Public. Please look in the yellow pages of your local telephone book under Notaries Public.
No, please contact the Post Office located at:1625 Trancas StreetNapa, CA 94558Phone: 707-257-7041
You may contact the Secretary of State’s office at 916-653-6814, ext. 4 or visit the Secretary of State's website.
The Napa County Recorder-County Clerk’s office remains open during the lunch hour.