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.

TO OBTAIN A MARRIAGE LICENSE YOU MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS:

  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.” http://www.kerncountyclerk.com/

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 http://www.revkylebrown.com 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