DANA POINT, CA - Couples in Laguna Niguel and Dana Point will now be able to tie the knot online, courtesy of the Orange County Clerk-Recorder.
Offering marriage services online was done as a way to reduce crowding and minimize potential exposure to COVID-19 at the Clerk-Recorder office, county officials said in a statement. The virtual services will be by appointment only and available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Orange County has seen a surge in COVID-19 cases fueled by the omicron variant of the coronavirus. Hospitalizations have exceeded 1,000 patients, and the county saw more than 8,000 new cases on Friday, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency.
"I am determined to continue serving everyone who needs our services," Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen said. "It gives me great pleasure to be able to serve couples who need to take extra precautions during these times of uncertainty."
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Appointments will be available on the Clerk-Recorder website, and a limited number of slots will be available, officials said.
Couples who want to take advantage of virtual marriage services must meet several requirements.
The requirements include:
Couples must be on the same video call together and physically be in the state of California
Have a device that's capable of audio and video conferencing
Couples must have two working email addresses
Be able to email the marriage license to the officiant on the day of their appointment
Each person must have one form of a valid, government-issued photo identification
Couples must be able to purchase a marriage license and have a marriage ceremony performed during their appointment.
For more information, contact the Clerk-Recorder's office at 714-834-2500 or visit the OC Recorder website.
This article originally appeared on the Laguna Niguel-Dana Point Patch