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Due to the parking availability at the downtown San Diego office, we encourage you to visit one of the other offices that offer marriage services.   To schedule an appointment, please call (619) 237-0502.  Click here, to see a video of our Chula Vista branch office.


 Marriage Licenses and Ceremonies Are Now By Appointment Only.
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NON-CONFIDENTIAL MARRIAGE LICENSES

This office only issues marriage licenses if both parties are at least 18 years of age. If either party is under 18, click Marriage Licenses Under 18

Appointments are required. Both parties must appear together at one of our office locations: HOURS/LOCATIONS


Requirements

Each person must present one form of valid photo identification with proof of age. To expedite the identification process, it is recommended that both parties bring a certified copy of their birth certificate.

Couples applying for a marriage license must be unmarried:

  • If you were previously married and the dissolution is not yet final, even if it will be final before the wedding date, you will not be issued a marriage license.
  • If you are in a State Registered Domestic Partnership (SRDP) you may not enter into a marriage or be issued a license with someone other than your registered domestic partner, unless the most recent domestic partnership has been terminated or a final judgment of dissolution or nullity has been entered.
  • If the dissolution was final within the past 90 days, please provide a copy of your final judgment.


The Name Equality Act of 2007 gives specific rights to parties at the time they are applying for a California marriage license to choose and list on the marriage license the new name that each party will go by after marriage. Please refer to the Name Equality Act.

A blood test is not required.

There is no residency requirement in California.

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

Once you have your marriage license the ceremony can be performed at the church of your choice, a wedding chapel, or a civil ceremony may be performed by this office.

After the ceremony, the license must be returned to our office for recording. Certified copies may be purchased one week after the license is returned to our office.

 

Witness Requirement

  1. If you are having a civil ceremony and have already purchased a non-confidential marriage license, you will need at least one witness.
  2. You may bring your own witness or this office can provide a witness for a fee of $18.00.
  3. If you are having a civil ceremony and have already purchased a confidential marriage license, you will not need a witness.
  4. You will not need a witness to purchase a marriage license 

 

Fees

The fee for a non-confidential marriage license is $70.00. CLICK HERE FOR AN APPLICATION.

The fee for a confidential marriage license is $89.00. CLICK HERE FOR AN APPLICATION.

We also offer a framed digital photograph for $10.00 to commemorate this special occasion. A portion of the proceeds are given to the Polinsky Children's Center.

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.

For information on a Civil Marriage Ceremony, click CIVIL MARRIAGE CEREMONY.

For information on a Confidential Marriage License, click CONFIDENTIAL MARRIAGES.

If you need to speak with a Marriage Section staff member, call (619) 237-0502.

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MARRIAGE LICENSES FOR JUVENILE MARRIAGES

California Law requires a person under the age of 18 to file with the clerk of the court and apply to the Juvenile Courts for judicial approval to marry. In all instances, a certified copy of the court order granting permission to marry must be presented to the County Clerk at the time the marriage license is issued.

The contact information for the Superior Court is:

County of San Diego Superior Court
Juvenile Division
2851 Meadowlark Drive
San Diego, CA 92123
(858) 634-1600
www.sdcourt.ca.gov
 

If the judge grants permission to obtain a marriage license, the order granting permission shall expire in thirty days. The couple must then make an appointment by calling (619) 237-0502 and appear together, in our office, to obtain a marriage license.

The couple will need to present, at the time of their appointment, the following:

  • A valid photo identification is required from both parties
  • Court Order stamped by the clerk of the court
  • Completed non-confidential marriage license application

 

CONFIDENTIAL MARRIAGE LICENSES

To obtain a Confidential Marriage License, the couple must make an appointment by calling (619) 237-0502 and appear together at one of our office locations.

Each person must present one form of valid photo identification with proof of age. To expedite the identification process, it is recommended that the couple bring certified copies of their birth certificates.

Couples applying for a marriage license must be unmarried:

  • Both parites must affirm that they have and are already living together as a couple.
  • If you were previously married and the dissolution is not yet final, even if it will be final before the wedding date, you will not be issued a marriage license.
  • If you are in a State Registered Domestic Partnership (SRDP) you may not enter into a marriage or be issued a license with someone other than your registered domestic partner, unless the most recent domestic partnership has been terminated or a final judgment of dissolution or nullity has been entered.
  • If the dissolution was final within the past 90 days, it is recommended that you bring a copy of your final judgement.

 

The marriage record will be maintained as Confidential and ONLY the couple named on the record may obtain copies of the marriage certificate, EXCEPT by Court order.

The cost of a Confidential Marriage License is $89.00. Click here for an application.

PLEASE NOTE: The office of the Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk strongly advises that a non-confidential license be issued except in those instances where the confidentiality of the marriage is vitally important. Couples who choose the Confidential License should be aware that when certified copies of the Confidential Marriage License are requested, the copies can ONLY be issued to the couple.

Once you have your marriage license the ceremony may be performed at the church of your choice, a wedding chapel, or a Civil ceremony may be performed by this office. No witness is required for a Confidential Marriage.

 

MARRIAGE LICENSE & CEREMONY APPOINTMENTS

An appointment is required to obtain a marriage license and/or civil ceremony.

  • Appointment line hours are from 8:00am - 4:00pm, Monday through Friday.
  • To schedule an appointment for our Downtown, San Marcos, Chula Vista, El Cajon and Kearny Mesa offices, please call (619) 237-0502.
  • Walk-in marriage license services are not available. Couples must have an appointment.
  • Click here for an application.
  • Click here for frequently asked questions.

 

 

HOURS/OFFICE LOCATIONS

Locations

Hours

Address

Phone

Appointment Schedule

County Administration Center

 

Monday - Friday
8:00 - 5:00

 

 

1600 Pacific Highway, Ste 273
San Diego, CA 92101

 

 

(619) 237-0502
8:00 - 4:00

 

 

Appointments only
8:00 - 4:30

 

San Marcos

 

Monday - Friday
8:00 - 5:00

 

 

141 E. Carmel St.
San Marcos, CA 92078

 

 

(619) 237-0502
8:00 - 4:00

 

 

Appointments Only
8:00 - 4:30

 

Chula Vista

 

Monday - Friday
8:00 - 5:00

 

 

590 3rd Ave.
Chula Vista, CA 91910

 

 

(619) 237-0502
8:00 - 4:00

 

 

Appointments Only
8:00 - 4:30

 

El Cajon

 

Monday - Friday
8:00 - 5:00

 

 

200 S. Magnolia Ave.
El Cajon, CA 92020

 

 

(619) 237-0502
8:00 - 4:00

 

 

Appointments Only
8:00 - 4:30

 

Kearny Mesa

 

Every 3rd Saturday
9:00 - 3:00

 

 

9225 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92123

 

 

(619) 237-0502
8:00 - 4:00

 

 

Appointments Only
9:00 - 2:30

 

 

For Civil Marriage Ceremony information, click CIVIL MARRIAGE CEREMONY.

If you need to speak with a Marriage Section staff member, call (619) 237-0502.

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AUTHORIZED NOTARIES

 
Authorized Notaries Public are available to issue a Confidential Marriage License and may be able to perform a marriage ceremony. 


Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, possess valid government issued picture identification, and already be living together as spouses.

 

  • A confidential marriage license can only be used in the county in which it was issued.
  • No witness is required.
  • Confidential marriage certificates can only be purchased by the couple at any San Diego County Assessor/Recorder/Clerk's office.
  • The cost for a marriage certificate is $15.00.
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For the list of Authorized Notaries click here.

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