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COVID-19: Yolo County To Begin Issuing Marriage Licenses On A Limited Basis

Couples will soon be able to once again get a marriage license in Yolo County following a disruption of service due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Beginning on April 20 the Yolo County Clerk-Recorder Office is going to start issuing once again marriage licenses and performing wedding ceremonies for county couples, but they said on Friday that due to the COVID-19 pandemic services will only be available on a limited basis.

Back on March 18 the Yolo County Public Health Officer issued a shelter in place directive to slow the spread of the potentially deadly virus, so the clerk-recorder decided to stop issuing marriage licenses and shutdown county-performed marriage ceremonies in order to safeguard the health and safety of the public and the employees. California law requires license applicants to appear in person to fill out the paperwork in addition to being present for the ceremony.

However, pressure has been mounting to approve licenses and allow people to get married in the recent weeks. County officials said they have been hearing from people who want to marry to get their significant other onto a health plan, added to the title of their home or who want to get married before an overseas military deployment.

“We understood the important need and started working diligently on a creative solution,” says Jesse Salinas, Yolo County Assessor/ Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters. “Working closely with other county departments our office has developed a new marriage license process that will allow us to re-establish this service to Yolo County residents at a basic level while adhering to physical distance guidelines.”

Starting on Monday, April 20, the Yolo County Clerk-Recorder Office will begin accepting appointments on Tuesdays and Thursdays for marriage license and marriage ceremonies. Appointments will only be available to couples who can prove that at least one of them is a resident of Yolo County. Couples will also be required to complete their Marriage License Application online prior to their appointment.

Couples with questions about what to do before they can marry are also being encouraged to call the Yolo County Clerk-Recorder at 530-666-8130, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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