How To Get a Marriage License in Kern County

In this new update we cover the new guidelines for obtaining a marriage license in Kern County during Stage 2 of the Coronavirus COVID-19. Links and contact information at the bottom.

The County Clerk’s office will be issuing marriage licenses via videoconferencing. At least one person must be a Kern County resident. To marry in California, the couple must first obtain a marriage license from the County Clerk’s office. You do not need to be a U.S. citizen or California resident to apply for a marriage license.

If you are 17 years of age or younger, you must call the Kern County Probation Department at (661) 868-4100 before you can purchase a marriage license.


  1. Couples MUST complete ONE marriage application – click here for Marriage License Application

    ATTENTION: These forms are fillable PDF and we prefer that you type this information in. However, if you need to print these forms, you are required to complete them in black or blue ink (do not use both). Handwriting or print MUST be legible (clear enough to read). NO whiteouts, strikeovers, or alterations will be accepted.

    When completing the Marriage License Application, you MUST print your full legal name as it appears on your valid government-issued identification. Any variance between this form and your valid government-issued identification will cause delays. Absolutely NO changes to the marriage license after the issuance will be granted.

    Each person, 18 years or older, must present valid government-issued picture identification. To expedite the identification process, it is recommended (not mandatory) that both parties produce a copy of their birth certificate.

    If either party has been granted a divorce or filed a Termination of Domestic Partnership within the last 90 days, and an endorsed copy of the FINAL divorce decree or termination documents must be presented when applying for your license.

    A blood test is not required.

  2. Mail your application and additional required documentation, both parties photocopy of valid government-issued identification with check or money order:

    Your valid government-issued identification must be the same as you will present during video conferencing.

    ONLY check or money order will be accepted, made payable to Kern County Clerk.

    Payment MUST be made for the exact amount. Absolutely NO refunds after issuance will be granted.

    Confidential license: $94.00

    Public license: $82.00

    Mail to:
    County Clerk
    1115 Truxtun Avenue, First Floor
    Bakersfield, CA 93301

    We will NOT begin completing your marriage license request until ALL forms are properly completed and payment is received.

  3. Once the license is complete, we will email you with details of your scheduled video conference and instructions.

    Marriage licenses via video conferencing are issued by appointment only.

    Both parties MUST appear together during their scheduled video conference.

    Your valid government-issued identification must be the same as you mailed with your application.

    You MUST have access to Microsoft Teams – click on here to download Microsoft Teams

  4. Both parties MUST PHYSICALLY be present to sign and pick up your marriage license. Both must be wearing masks/protective gear. No exceptions.

    Pick up location: Parking structure of Administrative Building 1115 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301.

    Details will be arranged at the time of video conferencing.

    Please provide both last names and prepare to present valid government-issued identification you provided with your application and during video conferencing.

Your Marriage Licenses and COVID-19

The Kern County Bridal Association has spoken with the Kern County Clerk’s office in regard to marriage licenses.

Here is their statement “Kern County has declared a local emergency related to the coronavirus. Effective Monday, March 16 at 5:00 PM, Kern County moved to an essential-staffing only model until May 1 at 5:00 PM. Most County buildings will be closed to the public with only essential services being offered. County Clerk will not be issuing marriage licenses during this time.”

As to all marriage licenses that have already been issued. Here is some important information.

  1. All marriage licenses expire 90 days from the date issued.
  2. If you do not execute the marriage licenses before the expiration date it will expire and you will lose any and all money paid for the license.
  3. If your marriage license expires you will need to get a new marriage license and pay for it again at full price.
  4. You can still use the current marriage licenses you have in your possession.

You can contact any of these officiants to complete your wedding ceremony

 Officiant Kyle Brown

Kyle Brown Officiant

Are you looking for a wedding officiant in Bakersfield, CA? I can help you create a wedding ceremony full of memories.  I perform all types of weddings from simple ceremonies in my office to elegant weddings at the Bell Tower. I am a Non-Denominational Reverend and would love to officiate your wedding.
You can find more information on my website or give me a call at 661-633-9200 or cell 661-979-1197

Officiant Sarah Bertrand

I’ve been ordained to officiate weddings since December 2012. From simple civil ceremonies to handfasting, and everything in between, I’m at your service!
More info . . 661-378-4427

 Officiant Steve Isenman

Experienced, competent, friendly, peaceful
Traditional- Creative, ceremonies always designed to reflect you More information or give me a call at 661-742-9253

Officiant Loron Hodge

Are you planning a wedding soon? If so, I would be honored to officiate the ceremony for you. My Name is Loron Hodge and I am a Licensed Professional Chaplain here in Bakersfield and a member of Valley Baptist Church.  More Info. . . (661) 319-6405

March Newsletter – Updates within the association

Bridal Show / March Mixer / Wedding Book 2017

Platinum Wedding & Events @ Seven Oaks Country Club

Seven OaksOur next Bridal Show will be Sunday, April 2nd at the Seven Oaks Country Club. This show is limited to 34 Vendors and we currently have 11 spaces available; categories are limited. Doors will open at 11am for VIP Brides who will enjoy a champagne brunch on The Green. General Admission doors will open at 12noon. At 2pm brides who are interested will be escorted outside to the Rose Garden for an outdoor fashion show. You will not want to miss this show as it will be catered to not only brides but anyone in Kern County that is planning any sort of event.
March Mixer on the 22nd

OWedding Book Coverur March Mixer is Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at the Seven Oaks Country Club at 5:30pm. Any guest that shows up before 5:45pm will receive an extra entry to a raffle basket valued at over $100. At this mixer, we will reveal the map for the April Bridal Show and you will be able to view your spot and get a complete view of where the show will be held. Bag Stuffers for the upcoming show will need to be delivered to our office before Thursday, March 30th. We will be stuffing 100 bags for this show.

The Wedding Book 2017/2018

The Wedding Book 2017 is scheduled to be released in September 2017. We have taken into account that the beginning of the year is a difficult time for a lot of members due to holidays and an abundance of Bridal Shows in the area. After many meetings, we have come to the decision to move forward with a Fall Wedding Book instead of our January Wedding Book. Advertisement prices will remain the same as previous years. Deadlines for advertisements will be in July. 10,000 books will be locally distributed throughout the following 12 months to over 200 local locations. If you are interested in advertising in the Fall 2017 Book we will have forms at our March Mixer.

Thank you! We can’t wait to see you all at the Mixer.

From the Bridal Association re Bridal Show, Wedding Book & Membership

Thanks you for talking to me, it was a pleasure.  The Bridal Association is in contact with several thousand brides every year here in Bakersfield and would love to have you as a member.

Bridal Show

I have also included the agreement for our 2017 bridal shows.  Our next show is January 29th at the Kern County Fairgrounds.
Here is a 360 look from the stage

Booth space is limited and some categories have limits. more info. . .


I have also included a membership application as well.

Here is a list of just a few of the websites that you can be listed on with your KCBA membership at no extra cost!

[Kern County Bridal Association | Bridal Association of America | Wedding Association | The Best Weddings | Bakersfield Quinceanera | My Fair Wedding | Rainbow Weddings]


Wedding Book:

Thank you for your interest in the Wedding Book 2017. We are very proud of the success of the wedding book over the last 18 years

Here are just a couple of facts about the Wedding Book

  • Only Wedding Publication in Kern County. Since 1998 (This will be The Wedding Books 19th year)
  • 10,000 books distributed throughout the year.
  • Available at over 100+ wedding/woman related locations.
  • Added to the Bride Bag at all 3 Bridal Events.
  • Available online on The Kern County Bridal Association website

Ad prices are as follows

  • Full Page:       $2195
  • Half Page        $1495
  • Qtr Page         $1195
  • Directory Only $795

Current KCBA Members save 500 off there
wedding-book-contract 2017
What our brides are saying

Devon Spaulding It helped out immensely! Rather than constantly asking around, and researching different vendors on the internet, I had it all in one place! This book was my bridal bible!! Lol It made planning my wedding so much more convenient, and easier than ever. I recommend it to anyone planning their wedding! Thanks to this book, my wedding will be beautiful next month. Thank you #KCBA

Ada S Medel It was my bible lol!!

Kelan Rockholt So we are still currently using the book and it has helped immensely. We are able to see what it is that we are missing in order to make our day even more special. We were able to find things that we didnt even think about, like the alterations for her wedding dress or the table Lennon lol. So looking through this book has really helped and is going to continue to assist us till we get married in April . Thank you #KCBA we needed this BOOK.

Grace Kelly Villanueva Currently planning my wedding. I received my copy at the recent bridal show. Great advice and checkoff lists to help in the process. It has been quite helpful in pointing out some areas that I had not already had stirring in my head! Great assortment of vendor information! A go to for a little bit of everything. I also have the app on my phone and utilized bride scan to save info of the vendors I am interested in from meeting them at the bridal show. Have had follow-up meetings with a few already. Vendors listed and recommended by the Association is appreciated, so I am able to choose professional services that will make our day fun! So far for me, i am enjoying making decisions :) and excited to marry my Love!! Thank you!

Alicia Casas It has helped me so much! It helped me find vendors who are trusted by not only the association but by other brides! It helped me with the small details, tipping vendors, Permits needed, insurances, and a tremendous amount of other information!! I’m still planning my wedding now, but with the book it helps making the planning that much easier! Super excited to get married, and winning a honeymoon would be the icing on the cake!! Good luck to all the other brides and grooms who have entered!! ????thank you #kcba!

James Jackson My fiance and I have used this book for all of our wedding needs, it’s really great to have everything you need in one place. We get married soon, and the only thing missing is a vacation. Would be awesome to win. Thanks #KCBA!

Nikki Dominguez The book helped me organize my thoughts and put them to paper. It gave me complete access to the many different vendors making it so much easier to narrow down. I also got a little description along with awesome discounts! Thank you Kern County Wedding & Bridal Association!!;)

Heather Nguyen The book is really helpful..I didn’t even know where to begin to look for the location of the ceremony and reception and the book gave a good list of places! Places I have never heard of before or thought of! I keep the book in my wedding bag as a quick guide of all things wedding! I love that everything is local and so it makes it so much easier!

Thank You,
Bridal Association

1901 Chester Ave., Ste. 201

Bakersfield, CA 93301