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
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
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
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.