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Tulare County

Office of the Assessor/Clerk-Recorder

Marriage License

Congratulations on your engagement! A marriage license must be issued by the County Clerk-Recorder's Office before your wedding ceremony. The marriage license is the legal document allowing a couple to get married. Once the wedding has taken place and the license has been turned back in to the County Clerk-Recorder’s Office, a marriage certificate can be purchased.

To begin the process of obtaining a marriage license, complete the online application before visiting our office. After submitting the application, you must appear together at our office, located at 221 S. Mooney Blvd., Rm 105, in Visalia, between the hours of 8:00am and 3:00pm to purchase the license (please see fees). For our full marriage license checklist, including what to bring and what you need to know when you visit our office, click here

You must visit our office within seven business days of completing your online application. If you are unable to visit our office within seven business days, you must fill out a new application.

Be prepared to show a government-issued photo ID. For more information visit our FAQ page.

Please note, the time at which you purchase your license will be your only opportunity to change your middle and/or last names through the marriage license process.

After you have obtained a marriage license from our office, you will be provided a helpful information booklet that can be viewed here