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For Immediate Release
March 22, 2016

Contact: David Cabrera
Phone: (714) 834-2083

Special Saturday Hours Planned for April 23 

Plan now to take advantage of Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen’s special Saturday hours this upcoming Saturday,

April 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana and the department’s branch offices in downtown Fullerton and at the Laguna Hills Civic Center.

With spring season upon us and summer not too far away, demand for services is expected to be high. The Old County Courthouse will be offering marriage licenses, civil wedding ceremonies and passport application services only. Copies of property records and birth, death and marriage certificates will be available at the Laguna Hills and Fullerton branch offices, as well as obtaining marriage licenses and civil wedding ceremonies. Please note that the department’s South County branch office in Laguna Hills is now offering passport services. Free parking will be available at all three locations. 

The department experienced a surge in demand for services during its March Saturday opening. Department staff issued 157 marriage licenses and performed 118 marriage ceremonies. The department also accepted 64 passport applications – an unusually high number for one day. 

Orange County has one of the lowest costs for a marriage license and marriage ceremony in the state. Couples can obtain a public marriage license for $61 and a confidential marriage license for $66. A civil marriage ceremony can be performed for an additional $28.

To save time, marriage license and passport applications can be completed online at As an added convenience, passport photos are available for $15.

Appointments for civil marriage ceremonies and passport applications are recommended. To make an appointment or for more detailed information about the services available at the Clerk-Recorder Department, please visit:

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