Form Vs113 - San Benito County Clerk Marriage Licenses - 2015 Page 4

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IMPORTANT NOTICE TO
COUPLES GETTING MARRIED
1. The marriage license is a license or permit to get married and you are not married until the marriage is
solemnized (ceremony is performed). Due to budget and space limitations, this office does NOT perform
marriage ceremonies on premises.
2. You must present your marriage license to a clergyman or judge to marry you. Persons authorized to
solemnize: any judge or retired judge, commissioner of civil marriages or retired commissioner of civil
marriages, justice court judge in this state, by any judge or magistrate of the U.S. or by any priest, minister,
pastor or rabbi of any religious denomination of the age of 18 or over. A marriage may also be solemnized by
a judge or magistrate who has resigned from office.
3. The marriage license is only valid for 90 (ninety) days from the date of issuance.
4. If you purchased a public license, you must make sure you have at least one witness present during the
ceremony and that he/she signs in the corresponding section of your license.
5. TO THE PERSON SOLEMNIZING THE MARRIAGE: In the section where you write the date of the
marriage; please be sure to write only numerical format. Do not write the full month name. In the section
where it asks for city and county, please be sure to write city and county, not city and state. i.e.: If the
ceremony was performed in Hollister, San Benito County, the license should state:
Hollister San Benito
City/Town County
Also, be sure to state your religious denomination and not the name of the church or establishment where
ceremony was performed. Under section requesting official title, please make sure to state your title in
accordance to persons authorized to solemnize. (See #2)
6. A duplicate license will be required if there are any alterations, erasures, or strikeovers on the documents or if
there is use of any correction fluids. A fee of $20.00 will be charged for a duplicate.
7. The original marriage license must be returned within ten (10) days after the ceremony.
Please mail to: San Benito County Clerk.
Attention: Department of Vital Records
440 Fifth Street, Room #206
Hollister, CA 95023
Certified copies of your marriage license are available 1-2 (one to two) weeks after the completed license is returned
8.
to the county for filing. The fee is $15.00 per copy. (YOU MUST PURCHASE A CERTIFIED COPY OF YOUR MARRIAGE
LICENSE IF YOU DESIRE ONE, YOU WILL NOT AUTOMATICALLY RECEIVE COPY SEE FEE ABOVE).

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