Fresno County Jail
Inmate marriage applications are completed in our office during regular business hours. After your application is submitted the Sheriff and District Attorney will review the application to determine if a license can be issued. The review process takes at least four weeks. For a status update on your pending application you will contact the Fresno Sheriff’s Office directly using the information provided at the time of application.
When you are approved the Fresno Sheriff’s Office will notify you and you will schedule an appointment with the Fresno County Clerk to purchase the license. Appointments are scheduled here:
Pleasant Valley State Prison/Federal Correctional Institution – Mendota
Contact prison staff directly for information on their process.
Hospitalization or Illness
If you wish to marry a person who is unable to physically appear at the County Clerk’s Office to apply for their marriage license due to hospitalization or illness, you must do the following:
The person solemnizing the marriage along with the party to the marriage who can appear, must physically present the completed form(PDF, 143KB) along with proof of inability to appear to the County Clerk at the time the marriage license is issued (Family Code Sections 426(a); 502(a)). For medical/hospitalization reasons: a note on doctor’s or hospital letterhead with original signature from a physician must be provided. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your appointment for this service.
The signature of the person who is physically unable to appear in person at the County Clerk’s Office must be authenticated by a Notary Public prior to the County Clerk issuing the marriage license (Family Code Sections 426(a); 502(a)). The notary public who has authenticated the signature of the person who is unable to appear is prohibited from also being the person solemnizing the marriage. (Government Code Section 8224(a))
At the time of application for the marriage license the person solemnizing the marriage, and the party to the marriage who appears, must present valid government issued photo ID.
A copy of the identification of the person who is unable to appear must also be provided at the time of application.
After payment of the required fees, the County Clerk will issue the marriage license to the person solemnizing the marriage. The person solemnizing the marriage shall obtain the signature on the marriage license of the person who is unable to appear.
Other Important Information:
- Please contact us at email@example.com to schedule your appointment for this type of marriage service.
- The parties to the marriage will have to make all the arrangements for their ceremony.
- No refunds are issued for marriage licenses that are not or cannot be used.