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HOW TO OBTAIN YOUR CALIFORNIA WEDDING LICENSE

The marriage license is a permit to marry and you are not legally married until a wedding ceremony is performed. To obtain a marriage license in California, count back 90 days from your wedding date and you can obtain your license anytime within that 90-day window. The Bride and Groom must appear together with their ID at any County Clerk in California. San Diego locations are listed below:

COUNTY ADMINISTRATION CENTER
1600 Pacific Highway, Room 273
San Diego, CA 92101 | Map
(619) 237-0502 (Mon - Fri By Appointment Only 8 am - 4:30 pm)

SAN MARCOS BRANCH OFFICE
141 East Carmel Street • San Marcos, CA 92078 | Map
(619) 237-0502 (Mon - Fri By Appointment Only 8 am - 4:30 pm)

CHULA VISTA BRANCH OFFICE
590 Third Street • Chula Vista, CA 91910 | Map
(619) 237-0502 (Mon - Fri By Appointment Only 8 am - 4:30 pm)

EL CAJON BRANCH OFFICE
200 South Magnolia • El Cajon, CA 92020 | Map
(619) 237-0502 (Mon - Fri By Appointment Only 8 am - 4:30 pm)

PLEASE NOTE: All 4 branches of the San Diego County Clerk's Office now require that appointments be made in order to obtain a marriage license.

No Walk-Ins Are Accepted.

Appointments at all four offices can be made by calling (619) 237-0502.

BELOW ARE SOME IMPORTANT FORMS

 

REMEMBER, you DO NOT have to be legally married at the County Clerk's office.
We are happy to perform your ceremony at a more romantic location
!

  WHAT IF THE COUNTY CLERK'S OFFICE IS CLOSED?
If you discover that the County's Clerk's office is or will be closed when you are here in San Diego, and you are unable to purchase your marriage license, don't worry! We can provide information on a specail notary who is able to issue a Confidential Marriage License in San Diego County, often on short notice. Just let us know immediately. Once you have reserved your date and time with us, we are happy to share their contact info!

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REGULAR PUBLIC MARRIAGE LICENSE

  • The fee for a Regular Public Marriage License is $70. A blood test is not required.
  • To save time at the Clerk's office, download the Regular Marriage LIcense Application and fill it out before you go.
  • Each person must present one form of valid photo identification with proof of age (US driver's license, passport, etc.)
  • If either party has been granted a divorce within 90 days of applying for a new marriage license, a copy of the final divorce decree must be presented at the time of issue.

Your marriage license is effective immediately and valid for 90 days anywhere within the state of California.

  Signing the Marriage License from the San Diego County Clerk
  • Once you have your marriage license the ceremony can be performed at the location of your choice by a one of our officiants.
  • After the ceremony, we will send the license to the County Clerk of Record, Certified Mail Return Receipt Required, so it is trackable and has to be signed for. That way we have a formal record of delivery and know it gets there safely.
  • It is the responsibility of your officiant to file the license with the Clerk of record.
  • After your wedding, official certified copies of your license (which becomes your Marriage Certificate) may be purchased approximately 14 days after the license is filed (signed by ONE witness and your officiant) is returned to the county recorder's office.

NOTE: California requires only one witness be present at the ceremony, not when the couple are applying for the license.


CONFIDENTIAL MARRIAGE LICENSE

  • The cost for a Confidential Marriage License is $89. A blood test is not required.To save time, download the Confidential Marriage LIcense Application.
  • Both the prospective Bride and Groom must appear together at one of San Diego County Clerk-Recorder office locations.
  • The Confidential Marriage License DOES NOT require the signature of a witness.
  • Each person must present one form of valid photo identification with proof of age (US driver's license, passport, etc.)
  • If either party has been granted a divorce within 90 days, a decree must be presented at the time of issue.
  • In order to issue a Confidential Marriage License:
    1. Both parties must swear in writing that they have already been living together.
    2. The marriage ceremony may be performed ONLY in San Diego County.
    3. The marriage record will be maintained as Confidential and ONLY the Bride or Groom may obtain copies of the marriage certificate, EXCEPT by order of the Superior Court.
  • By law, the officant is required to sign and file the license with the County Clerk of record.
  • After the ceremony, we will send the license to the County Clerk of Record, Certified Mail Return Receipt Required, so it is trackable and has to be signed for. That way we have a formal record of delivery and know it gets there safely.
  • It is the responsibility of your officiant to file the license with the Clerk of record.
  • After your wedding, certified copies of your license (which becomes your Marriage Certificate) may be purchased approximately 14 days after the license is returned to the county clerk-recorder's office.

NOTE: The office of the County Clerk-Recorder issues Confidential Marriage LIcenses when the confidentiality of the marriage date is important. Couples who choose the Confidential License should be aware that when official copies of the Confidential Marriage Certificate are requested, the copies can ONLY be issued to the Bride or Groom with proper identification.


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OBTAINING COPIES OF YOUR MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE AFTER YOUR WEDDING DAY

PLEASE REMEMBER!
The State of California County Clerk's Offices

DO NOT automatically send you a copy of your official marriage certificate after your wedding!

You must formally request and pay for a certified copy of your marriage license from the County Clerk-Recorder where your license was purchased. Each County Clerk's office may have different requirements for obtaining a copy of your official marriage certificate. If you're not sure, it is best to call.

To request a certified copy of your official Marriage Certificate by mail from the San Diego County Clerk-Recorder's office you can do one of the following:

  1. Fill out the "Request for a Certified Copy of Marriage Certificate" form that was included in the large manilla envelope with your marriage license. Just fill out the information, get the form notarized, follow the mailing instructions and include a check for $15 for each copy requested .
  2. Purchase an official Certified copy of Your Marriage Certificate by Appearing in Person at any one of the five San Diego County Clerk's offices. Only one of you needs to appear. Download and fill out the Marriage Certificate Request Form In-Person before you go, to save time, or have the following information available when you arrive:
    • Make sure to bring your ID.
    • The full name of the Groom.
    • The full MAIDEN name of the Bride.
    • The date of the marriage.
  3. Request an official Certified Copy of a Marriage Certificate by Mail. Download the Marriage Certificate Request Form By Mail. Just fill out the information, have the form notarized, and include a check for $15 for each copy requested, and follow the mailing instructions.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are requesting a certified copy your marriage certificate by mail, the request form must contain a notarized signature of the Bride or Groom and allow up to 8 weeks for delivery. If you are requesting the certified license in person, a valid picture ID must be presented to the County Clerk, and the marriage certificate will be given to you immediately.

 
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