County Conducts First Online Video Marriage

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Two Yucca Valley residents became the first County residents to be married through a new online video marriage license and ceremony. Trent and Crystal Bell tied the knot on May 11 in a ceremony presided over by Chief Deputy Recorder Melissa Garcia.

“While marriage services continue to be provided in-person at our office by appointment only, we are pleased to be adding online video marriage licenses with ceremonies,” said Assessor-Recorder Bob Dutton. “The Recorder-County Clerk is committed to providing essential government services while protecting the health of the public to slow the spread of COVID-19.”

Trent and Crystal Bell of Yucca Valley were the first couple in San Bernardino County to get married via online video.

Under an executive order issued by Governor Gavin Newsom, adults are able to obtain a marriage license, at the discretion of their local county clerk, through videoconferencing. Couples interested in receiving these services from the San Bernardino County Clerk, must meet a variety of criteria.

-Video conference is only available to those couples seeking to get a marriage license and have their ceremony.

-One of the parties must be a San Bernardino County resident.

-Couple must be physically in the state of California during the session.

-Couple must be in the same room during the license issuance and ceremony.

-Couple must be able to connect with both video and audio functionality via Zoom.

-Couple and witness must have the ability to access their email accounts during the session.

-Witness must be available to sign the license and join the ceremony via video conference.

Guests will be permitted to join the video conference after all paperwork is completed and received by County — approximately 10-20 minutes after scheduled appointment. The County is now accepting appointments through June 29, 2020.

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