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Marriage Licenses and Ceremonies are by Appointment Only

All Assessor/ Recorder/ County Clerk Office have been closed for in-person counter services.

In accordance with the County Health Officer order regarding the COVID-19, starting Monday July 6, 2020, we are closed to the public for all over-the-counter services at the Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk's Office. Offices will remain closed until further notice from the County Health Officer. 
Online, mail, and phone services are available for your assistance. 

The following services will continue to be available by phone, mail, online, and via E-mail:

  • Document Recording Services (by mail only)
  • Vital Records requests: Birth, Death, and Marriage Records (by mail or online)
  • Fictitious Business Name Statements (by mail)
  • Property Assessment Services
  • Copies of Official Records (by mail or online)
  • Notary Public Registrations (by mail)
  • Authentications (by mail)

Marriage License and Ceremony Service Appointments already booked will be honored. We are currently not scheduling new appointments, but please check our website weekly for updates and changes.

As of April 30, 2020, Executive Order N-58-20 allows for civil ceremonies via videoconferencing. If you choose to have a videoconference marriage ceremony performed by an outside officiant, please click here to view a copy of the Governor’s executive order. 

Please note the following information regarding videoconference marriage ceremonies. Once you have obtained a California Marriage License, you are required to have a ceremony within 90 days of issuance. The couple must be in California at the time the ceremony takes place. During the time the Executive Order is in effect, the officiant and witness(es) may be located elsewhere for a videoconference ceremony as long as the video and audio requirements listed in the Executive Order are met. The couple would need to electronically send the marriage license to the officiant and witness(s) – our office will not be implementing any technology to assist in this process. After the ceremony takes place, the license must be returned to the County Clerk by the officiant within 10 days. The completed marriage license must be legible in order for it to be accepted for registration.


CIVIL MARRIAGE CEREMONY (Please note COVID-19 Guidelines)

Marriage ceremonies can be performed during regular business hours, by appointment only. As you prepare for your appointment please keep the following in mind:

  • You will be required to present valid government issued photo ID 
  • Both parties must be present 
  • No guests (including children) permitted 
  • Public license ceremonies may have 1 witness or we may provide one for you for an additional $18 
  • Please plan to come at your scheduled appointment time, not early or late due to social distancing guidelines. If you are late to your appointment by more than five minutes, you will be asked to reschedule. 
  • In addition, in accordance with the latest San Diego County Public Health Order, all customers will be required to wear a face covering as of 5/1/2020. 
  • Payments can be made by cash, check or debit/credit. Card payments are subject to an additional $2.50 transaction fee. 
  • For the health and safety of staff and the public, we ask that if either the couple or the witness are feeling sick, please refrain from obtaining services 
  • Licenses are non-refundable. We are not authorized to issue extensions beyond the 90 days from the date of issuance. 


The fee for a civil marriage ceremony is $88.00. Payment may be made using cash, check, or money order made payable to "San Diego Recorder/Clerk". Credit or debit payments are also accepted at any of our office locations with a $2.50 surcharge per transaction. Appointments book quickly, please reserve your appointment for a marriage license and civil ceremony early.

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Civil marriage ceremonies are only performed at the following locations and times:
County Administration Center Monday - Friday 8:00am-4:30pm
San Marcos Monday - Friday 8:00am-4:30pm
Chula Vista Monday - Friday 8:00am-4:30pm
Santee Monday - Friday 8:00am-4:30pm
Kearny Mesa Saturday Schedule   9:00am-2:30pm


Commemorative Keepsake Fees

We offer a framed digital photograph for $10 to commemorate this special occasion. A portion of the proceeds are given to the Polinsky Children's Center.

Marriage or anniversary keepsakes are also available. These 8X10 certificates are perfect for framing making them ideal gifts for $6.00 each. The keepsake has the name of the married couple, place of birth, day and date of the ceremony and is signed by the County of San Diego Assessor/Recorder/Clerk, who is also the Commissioner of Civil Marriages.

“Just Married” bumper stickers are available in Red and Blue from the County Clerk for $4.00

DEPUTY MARRIAGE COMMISSIONER

The San Diego County Deputy Marriage Commissioner for a Day program offers a unique way for couples to make their special day even more memorable. For a fee of $80, a couple may choose a friend or relative to be deputized to perform their wedding ceremony at their chosen venue.  Anyone who wishes to be deputized to perform a wedding ceremony must submit an application form for appointment to the County Clerk in person or by mail. 

Click here to watch a brief video on how to be a Deputy Marriage Commissioner for a Day.

We encourage applicants to apply in person at least 3 weeks before the ceremony date at the office of the County Clerk and take the Oath of Office before the wedding can take place.  The Oath of Office will be given in English.  If the applicant cannot appear in person, a notarized application should be submitted to the County Clerk by mail at least one (1) month before the ceremony date.  Upon completion of the application for a Deputy Marriage Commissioner and payment of the fee, the applicant will receive sample vows, instructions for the completion of the marriage license, and the commission.  Please call (619) 237-0502 during regular business hours for additional information.  

Payment may be made with cash or by check/money order made payable to the “San Diego Recorder/Clerk”. American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa Debit card payments are also accepted at any of our office locations with a $2.50 surcharge per transaction.

Click here for application. 

 

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