Obtaining a Marriage License for High Desert Residents

Rings with Marriage CertificateI receive a number of inquiries from High Desert

couples about where and how to apply for a Marriage

license.  High Desert residents may apply for their

Marriage License at the High Desert Government Center.


Their address is:

High Desert Government Center

15900 Smoketree Lane

Hesperia, CA  92345

PH:  760-995-8065


Monday through Friday:  8:30 am to 3:30 pm (by appointment only)

Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday:  8 am to 11 am / 2 pm to 3:30pm (walk-ins)


Save yourself some aggravation and call for an appointment.  

Sometimes there is a long wait and they may just tell you to come

back with an appointment.


When you go:

  • Take Valid ID (not expired)
  • Bride and Groom must apply together
  • License is good for 90 days
  • Blood Tests are not required

The questions on the form include:

  • Bride and Grooms full name
  • Date of Birth
  • Location of Birth (State or Country)
  • Date of Divorce if previously married
  • Bride and Groom Address
  • Names of Parents (Mother’s maiden name)
  • Parents Birthplace (State or Country)
  • New last name (usually Bride changes name)

There are 2 types of Marriage Licenses

Regular Public Marriage License  $89.00

  • Open to Public records
  • May be used anywhere in State of California
  • Atleast One witness required

Confidential Marriage License  $90.00

  • Not open to Public records
  • Copies issued to the couple only
  • Ceremony must take place in San Bernardino County
  • No witnesses required
  • Couple must be living together as Husband and Wife

The Officiant will mail the Marriage License to the County Recorder to be filed.   About 2-4 weeks after the Wedding Ceremony, you can obtain a copy of your Marriage License where you applied for it.

There is a fee of $14 plus a $4 processing fee.  You will need a copy to take to the DMV and to the Social Security Office to update and change your name.

Hope this helps!

If not, give me a call or e-mail at ginawind559@aol.com

Good luck!

Pastor Gina Wind




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