County Registrar To Offer Valentine's Day Weddings
While fertility experts are fielding calls about the perfect time to conceive babies so they might have an 11-11-11 birthdate, another special date is coming up – Valentine’s Day on Monday – which could be the perfect day to tie the knot.
The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder will be issuing marriage licenses and performing marriage ceremonies on February 14 at its seven offices located throughout the County and no appointment is necessary.
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“Valentine’s Day is always our busiest day of the year for weddings,” said Registrar-Recorder County Clerk Dean Logan. “In an effort to provide the highest level of service to couples wishing to marry on February 14, we are providing them the opportunity to obtain a marriage license and to be wed in a civil ceremony that same day.”
To facilitate the large number of couples expected to take advantage of this opportunity, the Clerk’s Norwalk headquarters will have several wedding ceremony areas available. The last time they made this offer was February 14, 2008; on that day, 350 marriage licenses were issued and 271 marriage ceremonies were performed.
For couples wishing to obtain a marriage license and be married in a civil ceremony that same day, there is no residency or citizenship requirement and blood tests are not necessary. Couples must be over 18 years of age and they may submit the application for a marriage license online here.
Once submitted, the couple can go to any of the County Clerk’s offices to pick up their marriage license, pay the license fee ($90 for a public license and $85 for a confidential one) and be wed. The fee for the civil ceremony is $25.
The marriage license is valid for 90 days from the date of issuance. Walk-in applicants are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.
To complete the application for a marriage license, a couple must:
- Appear together in person
- Each present one form of valid, non-expired photo identification (driver’s license, passport)
- If divorced within the last two years, provide proof of divorce decree or dissolution/termination of a previous marriage is required. If spouse is deceased, provide copy of death certificate.
Volunteer Deputy Marriage Commissioners will perform the ceremonies from 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. at the Norwalk office. Hours at the branch offices in Beverly Hills, Lancaster, LAX, East Los Angeles, Florence/Firestone and Van Nuys are from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. No appointments will be made for February 14, however, couples are encouraged to arrived early. All couples are required to check in prior to the ceremony to obtain a license.
For the addresses of the various branch offices, click here.
Oh, and the perfect time to conceive that 11-11-11 baby? Given the precociousness of Mother Nature, Valentine’s Day might be just perfect.