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Gov. Newsom signs order temporarily allowing virtual marriage licenses

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MGN - Julie Cardona

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KION) Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday that he signed an executive order allowing adults to get marriage licenses through video conferencing instead of in-person during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The order allows adults to get the license at the discretion of their local county clerk through video conferencing, but both people must be in the State of California, be present and show identification.

Once that happens, the license can be emailed.

Marriage ceremonies can also be done via video conference as long as both are present and a witness joins the video conference.

The video conference marriages and marriage licenses will be allowed for the next 60 days.

Read the executive order below.

Avery Johnson

Avery Johnson is the Digital Content Director at KION News Channel 5/46.


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