Ask H&T: After I Get Married, When Do I Receive My Certified Marriage License?

I got married a couple months ago and haven't received a marriage certificate yet. Typically, how long this take? -Diana


This is actually a really good question because against all common sense, the county won't send you a certified copy of your marriage license. We know, it's silly. You actually have to apply to receive one and it's a bit of a tedious process!

Here are the instructions if you'd like to obtain a confidential license, and here are the instructions for a public license (how can I get a copy of my marriage certificate?).

Since it does require some effort, we always suggest ordering at least 3 copies for your files. It's good to have them on hand - you never know when you'll need them!

Ask H&T: How Long Does It Take To Get A Marriage License?

Our client Leeland asked: 
How long does it typically take to apply for and get a marriage license at the county registrar?  Debating how much time we need to set aside for this (and also how soon we need to do it - i.e., if we leave it to the week before the wedding, what chance this could go wrong)?

Hannah's answer:
When I got my marriage license at the San Mateo county registrar, we went as soon as it opened at 8 am and it only took 15 mins. The Santa Clara county registrar's office can generally be a little busier. Suggest avoiding the lunch time rush hour, but things move quite quickly in the mornings.

I would recommend getting it done as soon as possible or at least 2.5 weeks before the ceremony in case you run into issues. 

xoxo
H&T