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Obtaining a Marriage License in Kern County

To obtain a marriage license in Kern County, you must both visit together the County Clerk’s office in Bakersfield which is open daily, or Ridgefield which is open every other Wednesday. Please call to make an appointment!

Note that you will need your ID’s, and all of your parent’s full names and birth location for the marriage license application.

Kern County Administrative Building
1115 Truxtun Ave, 1st Floor
Bakersfield, Ca 93301
(661) 868-3743
Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Kern County Administrative Building

400 N China Lake Blvd
Ridgecrest, CA 93555
(661) 868-3714 (open only every other Wednesday)

See also this page for locations and phone numbers:


Getting a Certified Copy of your Marriage Certificate in Kern County

Note that you must go to a different location than above to pick up your certified marriage certificate.

After your signed license has been recorded at the County Clerk’s Office, which is usually two weeks after they receive the signed license, you will be able to obtain a certified copy. I suggest that you pick up two or three certified copies, you will inevitably need them one day.

You can visit the County Recorder’s Office in Bakersfield.  Here are the addresses, hours, and phone numbers.  Please call them first to make sure they are open.

Hall of Records
1655 Chester Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301
For information call (661) 868-6449


You can also order your marriage certificate by MAIL, or ONLINE.  Both these methods require you to have a form notarized certifying your identity, so they are a little more complicated.  Details are here.