Novel coronavirus has forced a lot of changes to big moments in peoples’ lives. From graduations to weddings, funerals, to birthday parties, shelter at home is leading to creative gatherings.
Now, to help facilitate weddings in the era of social distancing, Santa Clara County is now issuing marriage licenses via videoconference.
With COVID-19 still a threat, licenses and ceremonies via remote video connection are an option for all of May and June.
County Supervisor Joe Simitian publicized the county’s new service, hoping that it brings a bit of joy to local residents.
“It’s a little piece of good news, and right now, we could all use a little more of that,” Simitian said.
According to county staff, pursuant to the state executive order, both members of the couple must be located within California, be present for the videoconference, and present identification. A marriage license can then be issued via email.
Videoconference ceremonies are available by appointment only. To make a request, email ClerkRecorder@rec.sccgov.org with the subject line “Marriage Ceremony.”
The County Clerk-Recorder’s office also has a drop box available for other services.