Mary B. Bedard, CPA
1115 Truxtun Avenue Bakersfield, CA 93301-4639
Office Hours: 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM Mon-Fri 661-868-3588
The County Clerk’s office issues marriage licenses Monday through Friday (except holidays) from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. 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 Family Court Services at (661) 868-5393 before you can purchase a marriage license.
TO OBTAIN A MARRIAGE LICENSE YOU MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS:
Kern County Administrative Building
1115 Truxtun Avenue, First Floor
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Application is done in our lobby computers only
Kern County Library
131 E Las Flores Ave
Ridgecrest, CA 93555
Ridgecrest couples only –
- Marriage licenses are issued by appointment only. You must call the number above to make an appointment.
**Please note – the fee must be paid the day of appointment by money order, made payable to Kern County Clerk.
Please bring in a complete marriage license application the day of your appointment.
Please click here for the marriage license application
There are two common types of marriage licenses available in the State of California: a Public License and a Confidential License.
See the chart below for specifics on each type.
NOTE: Marriage Licenses are valid for 90 days from the date of issuance. If you do not get married within 90 days, the license will be invalid AND you must re-apply and purchase a new license.
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