CIVIL WEDDING CEREMONY
After purchasing your marriage license, you have 90 days to have a ceremony performed. The County Clerk’s Office will perform a civil ceremony for $45.00. The ceremony takes place in the County Clerk’s Office, Government Center, Hall of Administration, Main Plaza, 800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura. Bring at least one witness. Our wedding room can accommodate parties up to 20. We also perform wedding ceremonies outside for parties larger than 20. For confidential marriage license weddings, a witness is not required. Appointments are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments are highly recommended. Please call (805) 654-2263 to schedule an appointment. If you require any special accommodations due to a disability, please contact our office beforehand so we can assist you with your request.
Marriage ceremonies are also available at the Thousand Oaks location by appointment only. If couples are 15 minutes late, the appointment will need to be rescheduled. If parties have more than 15 guests, the ceremony will have to be performed in Ventura. Couples must bring at least one witness if they are having a ceremony performed. The Thousand Oaks office cannot provide a witness. Please call (805) 654-2263 or (805) 449-2157 to schedule an appointment.
DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR CIVIL MARRIAGE FOR A DAY
The Ventura County Clerk and Recorder’s office offers an opportunity for individuals to be deputized for a day to perform a wedding ceremony. The couple requesting to be deputized should complete the form provided on our website or send a letter providing the following information:
● Name of the parties
● Full name of the person to be deputized
● Telephone number and address of the contact person
● The date of the wedding
● A brief reason as to why this person is requesting to perform the marriage ceremony.
Mail the request with a check or money order for $86.00 to:
Ventura County Clerk and Recorder
Attn: County Clerk/DCCM
800 South. Victoria Avenue
Ventura, CA 93009-1260
Please Note: Once the request is received, a letter of approval will be mailed to the requester. The confirmation letter will request the individual who is to be deputized to contact our office to make an appointment to take the oath. The deputizing process takes approximately 15 minutes. The $86.00 fee must be paid before or at the time the oath is administered. Walk-ins are not accepted.
If have any questions, please call our office at (805) 654-2263.
MARRIAGE OFFICIANT INFORMATION
For frequently asked questions regarding Marriage Officiant Information, please visit the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) website.
SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT CEREMONY
● Contact the County Clerk and Recorder’s Office at (805) 477-7143 to make special arrangements (day/time/location/cost) for the Commissioner of Civil Marriages or a Deputy to perform a wedding ceremony on a Saturday, Sunday or Holiday.
● Contact a wedding chapel (refer to the telephone book yellow pages) or a minister, priest, or rabbi.