California Allows You to Get Married Online During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Learn more about virtual marriage ceremonies available in California during the COVID-19 outbreak.

By , Attorney

State leaders and local governments all across America are signing executive orders and passing temporary laws in order to meet the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing requirements, and shelter-in-place orders. Because courthouses are temporarily closed for nonessential matters, hearings, discovery deadlines, settlement conferences, and trial dates have been postponed.

Courts and county clerk offices have had to quickly implement technological advances in order to continue serving the public via phone and more recently, using videoconferencing options.

These changes immediately affected couples who had plans to marry this spring, as they had to postpone social gatherings and wedding ceremonies. However, Californians now have another option. On April 30, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order allowing adults to obtain marriage licenses via videoconferencing rather than in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Your local county clerk can email your marriage license to you after a virtual conference as long as you meet the following requirements:

  • both adults are located within the State of California
  • both adults are present during the video conference, and
  • both adults can produce valid identification during the video conference.

Californians can also conduct virtual ceremonies in order to complete their marriage as long as both parties are present, and they have at least one witness who can join the live video conference.

The executive order allows you to obtain marriage licenses and hold ceremonies online through June 29, 2020.

Check with your county clerk or local court to see if you can get a marriage license online or if virtual ceremonies are available in your area.

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