You Can Now Get Married Online in California During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Learn about the executive order that allows virtual marriage ceremonies in California during the COVID-19 outbreak.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing requirements, and shelter-in-place orders, state and local leaders are signing executive orders and passing temporary laws to reduce the spread of this disease and help the public.

For example, courthouses and county clerk offices are temporarily closed for nonessential matters. Judges have postponed hearings, discovery deadlines, settlement conferences, and trial dates. Courts have also adopted new modes of communication, such as audio hearings and video conferencing.

Check Nolo.com's COVID-19 resource center for more information on the law and your legal rights during the pandemic.

These COVID-19 measures immediately affected couples who had spring wedding plans. However, Californians now have another option. California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order that allows couples to get marriage licenses and even carry out wedding ceremonies online.

Requirements to Get an Marriage License Online

You can get a marriage license from your local county clerk through a video conference as long as you meet the following requirements:

  • both adults must be located in California
  • both adults must be present during the video conference, and
  • both adults must be able to present a valid I.D. during the video conference.

Once these are met, the county clerk can send you a marriage license via email.

Californians can also hold a virtual ceremony to solemnize their marriage. Both parties must be present along with at least one witness who can join the video conference ceremony.

These options are available through June 29, 2020 unless Governor Newsom extends this date with another order.

Check with your local country clerk to see if you can obtain a marriage license online or if virtual ceremonies are available in your state or county.