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Clerk-Recorder to Host First Special Saturday Opening of 2023

Plan now to take advantage of Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen’s first special Saturday opening of this year set for Saturday, April 29, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana and at the department’s branch offices in Anaheim and Laguna Hills. The department will be offering marriage services at all three locations. Also, passport services will be available at the Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana and at the department’s North County branch office in Anaheim. Please note, no passport services will be available at the department’s South County branch office in Laguna Hills. Appointments are highly recommended due to the demand for marriage and passport services during these special hours. Walk-ins welcomed. For more information and to complete an online application in advance for a marriage license, a marriage ceremony, or for a passport, please visit us online at

“Demand for these special Saturday openings has been increasing,” said County Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen. “I am glad that I can make it convenient for busy families and individuals to come to our offices to get the services they need without having to miss work or school.”

Another reason to join us during these special openings, the department has one of the lowest costs for a marriage license and a marriage ceremony in the state. In Orange County, 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. Passport photos are available for $7 - which may be the lowest passport photo fee in the county.

The department processes new passport applications only.

Appointments are highly recommended due to the popularity of these special Saturday openings; however, walk-ins will be served on a first-come-first-served basis. No additional Clerk-Recorder services will be available during this special opening. To save time, marriage license, ceremony, and passport applications can be completed online in advance at As an added convenience, passport photos are available on the spot for $7. Free parking will be available at all three locations.

For more detailed information or to learn about the services available at the Clerk-Recorder Department, please visit


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