Engaged Californians need not fret.

California Governor Gavin Newsom has authorized online marriage for couples who will not allow coronavirus to ruin their planned weddings.

Governor Newsom signed Executive Order – N-58-20 that will allow adults to obtain marriage licenses and conduct a ceremony to solemnize via videoconferencing rather than in-person amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

“Under the executive order, adults will be able to obtain a marriage license, at the discretion of their local county clerk, through videoconferencing, as long as both adults are located within the State of California, are present, and can present identification during the video conference. The license can then be issued via email,” said Newsom in a statement.

Marriage via videoconference has a clause that this is possible as long as both parties are present, and have at least one witness who can join the live video conference. And the person solemnizing the marriage is from California.

However, there is a minor modification allowed under this executive order in the case of confidential marriages.

“A person solemnizing a confidential marriage pursuant to this Order need not be physically present within the State of California during the solemnization of the marriage,” stated in EO-N-58-20.

California banned any form of mass gathering mid-April.  


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