Lerdo County Jail
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DUE TO COVID-19. NO WEDDING SERVICES ARE ALLOWED AT THIS TIME AT BOTH COUNTY JAIL AND STATE PRISONS...
You can still fill out a Request For Services. Once the restrictions are lifted, I will contact you via text/phone call.
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If you are looking for wedding ministers to perform a wedding ceremony in Kern County, give Wedding Officiant Zeke a call. I am a non-denominational wedding minister and I can officiate your wedding any day of the week.
Is it your desire to marry your "Love" and he or she is an
inmate at Lerdo County Jail?
If your answer is "Yes", then I can help you with the process
of getting you married to the one you "Love"!
We will officiate your wedding at Lerdo County Jail for a flat fee. A jailhouse wedding can easily take up 5 hours to complete: traveling and meeting with you and filling out the “Inability to Appear Affidavit and Marriage License Application” paperwork and travel to Lerdo (waiting for inmate to show up) and travel to my wedding officiant. Waiting in line at the County Clerks Recorders Office with the bride or groom to take an oath and get the Wedding License and travel back to Lerdo Jail and perform the ceremony. The Notary Public can NOT be the same person to officiate the ceremony.
A Notary Public with security clearance can visit the prisoner during the same hours as the attorneys. Only the Notary Public is allowed to enter Lerdo County Jail at any time to conduct the notary service.
The applicant (Bride or Groom) and Wedding Officiant must appear together at the Kern County Clerk-Recorder Office (1115 Truxtun Ave.,1st Floor, Bakersfield) to obtain the marriage license. Your wedding officiant, the person “solemnizing the ceremony” (that’s us) MUST ACCOMPANY YOU. Bring with you an Original Government Issued ID - required (no exceptions), along with proof that the person is currently incarcerated – “Notice of Incarcerated Individual” letter (G- 900 Attachment B).
Here are the steps that you must take when your "Love" is unable to appear because of their incarceration:
Full payment for services must be paid when we meet; Cash or Credit Card:
All paperwork must be done prior to performing the wedding and you will need approval from the county jail administrators.
*** First, call Lerdo County Jail (Facility where your fiancé/fiancée is being held) and request to speak to the Deputy in charge of Marriage Coordination. Once you have them on the phone, advise them that you are requesting a "Notice of Incarcerated Individual” (G- 900 Attachment B)" letter because you are wanting to get married to your fiancé/fiancée.
If you are connected to a telephone message machine, leave the following information:
Leave a message that you are requesting a letter “Notice of Incarcerated Individual”, because you wanting to get married.
- Leave your First and Last name
- Your Fiancé name and Booking number
- Your phone number to call you back.
You must leave the above information or the staff member will not return your call.
It will take anywhere up to 45 working days (Monday- Friday) to get your letter for ready for pick-up. Once your letter is ready for pickup. You must yourself pick up the letter and have your ID ready. Lerdo staff want to make sure that you are who you are.
*** Secondly, you and I must get together and together we will fill out the "Inability to Appear Affidavit and Marriage License Application" packet that is required by the Kern County Clerks office. The "Inability to Appear Affidavit" packet must be Notarized by a Notary Public. Don't worry about that. I'm a Notary Public and you hired me and that is what I'll do for you. I will then travel to Lerdo County Jail and visit your fiancée/fiancé and get their signature and finish notarizing the "Inability to Appear Affidavit" packet. You will not need to attend when I go to Lerdo County Jail. I will do the running around for you and all you do is relax and wait for my call or text.
RE-SCHEDULE FEES: If the Couple fails to show up or fails to inform the NOTARY PUBLIC at least within 30 minutes prior to our meeting at our confirmed appointment time and date. Couple will be considered a “No Show”. If Couple wishes to re-hire the NOTARY PUBLIC, there will be a re-schedule fee of $25.00 to be added to service fee.
You and my Wedding Officiant will arrange a time and day to meet at the County Clerks office (1115 Truxtun Ave.,1st Floor, Bakersfield). My Wedding Officiant will have and bring the notarize "Inability to Appear Affidavit" packet and you will need to bring with you, the "Notice of Incarceration" letter to the Kern County Clerks office and there you will be issued the marriage license.
The fee for the Regular Marriage License is $82 (This could change without notice). My Wedding Officiant will stand in for your fiancé/fiancée at this time.
*** Third, you will need to contact the Lerdo Facility and arrange a date and time for the wedding ceremony to take place (Weddings are done on Mondays). You must let my Wedding Officiant know the time and date of your scheduled wedding time.
*** Fourth, you and my Wedding Officiant will then return back to the Lerdo Facility at the time given to you, so my Wedding Officiant can conduct the wedding ceremony. You must bring with you a witness (Friend or Family Member) for the wedding ceremony.
After the ceremony, my Wedding Officiant will return your marriage license to the Hall of Records for you so it can be recorded.
After it is received and it is recorded, It will take about 10 working days for your marriage certificate to be avaiable for you to pick up or for you to have it mailed to you.
Marriage License Witness Services:
I Can Also Provide A Witness For You To Sign Your
Marriage License For Additional Fee
Lerdo County Jail Wedding Scam Alert:
Are you planning a jail ceremony? Watch out for scam artists. If anyone claims they can perform your wedding ceremony over the phone, hang up!
In California, such ceremonies are not legal.
Similarly, if anyone wants to sell you a marriage license, they’re not being truthful. Marriage licenses must be obtained and purchased from the Kern County Clerks office. In Kern County you can get a list of approved wedding officiants:
GETTING MARRIED IN A STATE PRISON
Yes, you can get married to an inmate in a California State Prison. However, if he is still in the Reception Center, that is nearly an impossible thing to do due to all sorts of technical reasons.
As soon as he makes it to any Mainline Facility, it is indeed possible. In nearly all the facilities the marriage request is made to the assigned Correctional Counselor 1, who is charged with the responsibility to coordinate matters from there on out.
If you meet the basic requirements to be married, then have the inmate request a marriage packet from his Correctional Counselor 1. You may need to get certified copies of several forms of identification to prove that you are of legal age to marry and are a United States citizen. This can be a driver’s license, a birth certificate, a social security card, a passport or any other form of government-issued identification. The prison may require you to have two or more of these items certified.
The marriage packet will include most of the paperwork needed to pursue the marriage (Marriage License Application and Bride’s Letter of Intent). The documents will need to be filled out by both you and your inmate. You will also be expected to pay a paperwork fee that should be included with the application. The marriage packet should also include the steps needed in order to pursue a marriage at that particular California prison. The Marriage License Application and Marriage License Fee will range between $100 to $200.
A majority of all State Prisons have their own ministers to conduct wedding ceremonies. But the few that don’t have their own ministers, it will be on you to find and hire a Wedding Officiant to conduct your wedding ceremony. Fee to hire your own Wedding Officiant can range from anywhere between $100 to $300. You must ask the prison if they have their own wedding minister or if you might have to hire your own.