Inmates who wish to marry while in the Sheriff’s custody may do
so pursuant to a Confidential Marriage License. In order to
qualify for this type of license, couples must meet the
following requirements, as set by the State of California.
If a couple meets these requirements, they can take the
following steps to get married while one of them is in custody.
- The prospective parties must be at least 18 years old. Minors
may NOT obtain a confidential marriage license.
- The parties must be living together as a couple at the time they
apply for the marriage license, and must sign an affidavit on
the license attesting to those facts.
- The couple MUST be married in the county where the license is
- No witnesses are required to be at the ceremony, and no
witnesses sign on the marriage license.
- The marriage license is a confidential record and is registered
at the County Clerk’s Office in the county where it was issued.
- The fiancé or fiancée arranges for an Authorized Notary Public to
visit the inmate to sign the documents required for the license.
The Notary Public will issue the license and collect the
County’s fee of $89 plus a service and mileage charge, which
usually amounts to an additional $50 to $60.
- The fiancé or fiancée arranges for the official who will come to
the jail and perform the marriage ceremony. The ceremony may be
performed by a member of the clergy or by other civil
authorities qualified by law. The Authorized Notaries Public listed below are authorized
to solemnize the marriage. In most cases, a
fee is charged for this service, usually $100 or more.
- The inmate submits an inmate request to the facility Watch
Commander for a special visit on the desired date and time. If
the visit is approved, the inmate notifies the fiancé or
fiancée, who then makes the arrangements for the ceremony. The
visit for a marriage ceremony is generally held during normal
visiting hours, and will not be a contact visit unless facility
visits are normally contact visits.
AUTHORIZED NOTARIES PUBLIC - CONFIDENTIAL MARRIAGE LICENSE
The following are Authorized Notaries Public who are the
only Notaries Public that can obtain a Confidential Marriage License. A Confidential Marriage
License is required when both applicants cannot appear in person at the County Clerks Office.
These Notaries Public can also perform the ceremony or the marriage can be performed by a clergy
of your choice.
|NOTARY PUBLIC NAME
|R. J. Avila, Jr.
|Maria E. Del Rio
|Martha C. Gomez
|Richleigh H. Powers
|Gary Allen Silvett
|Judith K. Walters
ROUTINE NOTARY SERVICES
Notaries Public will perform routine Notary services in the jail
system for you or your family. Some Notaries Public names are available in the
yellow pages of your phone directory under the heading Notaries Public.