Valley State Prison Inmate Family Council 


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All information for a wedding ceremony are given step by step.

All ceremonies are held on a Friday, two marriages per the given Friday.  Please remember when sending in your packet that everything is filled out completely and the documents required are originals.

How to reach Mary Silveira, Marriage Coordinator: 559-665-6100 EXT. 5710.

The marriage packet is mailed to the inmate. The future bride will receive the packet from the inmate, not the marriage coordinator.

You will need certified copies of both the groom and bride. You may stop by the Hall of Records in the County that you were born to purchase your certified birth certificates.  A certified birth certificate is one that is purchased in the county of birth and will say CERTIFICATE OF LIVE BIRTHand the County name at the very top. The certified birth certificates have the registrar’s seal on the birth certificates. The seal might be raised or embossed. Valley State Prison does not accept photo copies of birth certificates. The birth certificates do not need to be notarized.

If you are needing divorce documents, stop by the County Superior Court that issued the divorce judgement.

If your fiancé happens to be transferred before your wedding date the marriage coordinator returns your birth certificates/money orders/divorce paperwork.

The Chaplain will take your marriage license to the Madera County Clerk-Recorder's office.

Make sure when filling out the forms that all of the charges are listed. If you leave anything off, it will take longer to process.

The applicant has 90 calendar days in which to complete all necessary paperwork and provide all required documentation to the Marriage Coordinator after obtaining the marriage package. If the packet is not returned within 90 days from the date of issuance, the marriage packet will be cancelled. Upon receipt of the marriage packet, the inmate must complete Part A (Inmate Request for Marriage) and forward Part B (Bride Request for Marriage) to the prospective bride. Upon completion all documents are to be mailed directly to the Marriage Coordinator. 

a. Applicants must fill out the marriage request forms completely and legibly. 

b. The prospective bride must have her signature notarized. 

c. The applicants are to provide the following documents along with the completed marriage request forms: 

1. Certified copy of Birth Certificate (for each applicant) 

2. Certified copy of Dissolution Papers (if applicable) 

3. Certified copy of Death Certificate (if applicable) from previous spouse

4. A money order payable to the local County Clerk (Money orders are the only acceptable form of payment.)  Please
    check with the local County Clerk to how much the fees are.  The County Clerk's office is in Madera, CA.
200 W. 4th Street
     Madera, CA 93637

If an institution Chaplain officiates the marriage ceremony, she may require the applicants to meet established criteria (i.e., attend prenuptial counseling), before the marriage ceremony takes place. The Chaplain has the option to abstain from performing these services if these criteria are not met. If the applicants request an outside clergy person, Judge, or Justice of the Peace, perform the ceremony, the bride must provide the Marriage Coordinator with the name, address, and telephone number of the person officiating the marriage. This must be provided no later than 15 days prior to the wedding. The person officiating the marriage must be authorized to perform marriages pursuant to Sections 400 and 401 of the Family Code. Once the application has been reviewed and all religious requirements are met, the applicants and the Marriage Coordinator will establish a scheduled wedding date. If a scheduling conflict arises, the prospective bride must contact the Marriage Coordinator to reschedule the wedding.