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Jail Marriages & Notary

We provide jail marriage services at most Southern California jails, prisons, courts and detention centers including Pitchess Detention Center (also known as Wayside) in Castaic, Twin Towers and Men's Central Jail in Los Angeles, and many others. The marriage process can be done quickly and easily and can take a few days to several weeks to complete, depending on where the inmate is incarcerated and the policy of the facility. Notary and wedding officiant/minister fees vary depending on the location of the inmate and the complexity of the situation.  Notary Public and inmate marriage services can also be provided during a court appearance.


Following is the step by step process:


  • Filling out the forms (Affidavit of Inability to Appear and Marriage License Application) needed to apply for a marriage license at the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk office.  If you are applying for a marriage license through the Los Angeles County Recorder's office, you must first obtain the pre-stamped forms from the Recorder's office.  Note:  The Los Angeles County Recorder's Office will no longer accept forms obtained online or through the jail which do not contain an order number at the top.

  • When needed, helping you apply for the marriage authorization with the Sheriff Department, or the Department of Corrections, or the Federal Bureau of Prisons or with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), depending upon where the inmate is incarcerated. Not all facilities require marriage approval request. 

  • Sending our notary to the jail facility to have the inmate sign the marriage paperwork. 

  • Meeting with you at the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk office to buy the marriage license.

The marriage ceremony is done under the same conditions as during a regular visit. As a visitor to a jail facility, you are subject to all the jail visiting rules and regulations.  During the ceremony, most facilities do not allow you to touch, kiss, or exchange rings with your fiancée.  The dress code is the same as during regular visiting. The inmate is not allowed to change clothes for the ceremony. Filming and pictures are strictly prohibited.


Our notaries are insured, bonded, certified and background screened.  Our Wedding Officiants are experienced Ministers who perform numerous inmate marriages every week, and are very familiar with the marriage process especially when an inmate is involved.

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