If you're getting married in Fresno, you will need to get a Fresno County Marriage License in order to become legally married and if you're like most couples, you may have a few questions. Where do you get the license? How much does a marriage license cost? Do I need to bring anything to get a marriage license?
You can obtain the license by going to the Fresno County Clerk's Office in downtown Fresno. They are located at 2221 Kern Street and can be reached at (559) 488-3003 Monday - Friday from 8:30am to 4:00pm.
The Fresno County Clerk's Office offers two types of marriage licenses. The first is the Public Marriage License and costs $49. The second license is the Confidential Marriage License which costs a little bit more at $69. There are no blood test needed for either type of marriage license and no appointment is necessary. You and your partner will, however, need to bring a copy of your driver's license (it must be valid) with you or a DMV issued ID card. A certified copy of the Confidential Marriage License is available for $13.
In addition to obtaining a marriage license, you can also opt to have the marriage ceremony performed right there at the Fresno County Clerk's Office. This is perfect for those wanting a no-frills wedding ceremony. The civil marriage ceremony costs $21.
If you can, I sugggest getting there first thing in the morning so that the wait is shorter. They do have a waiting room with quite a few seats, however, the Fresno County Clerk's Office handles more than just marriage licenses which means that the waiting area can get kind of full.
For more information, visit the Fresno County Clerk's Office website here.