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Marriage Licenses and Ceremonies are by Appointment Only
In accordance with the County Health Officer and with Governor Newsom's "shelter-in-place" order, our offices will be closing their doors to the public and will not be able to issue marriage licenses or perform civil ceremonies until further notice.
Please check back for updates and information. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
CIVIL MARRIAGE CEREMONY
Marriage ceremonies can be performed during regular business hours, by appointment only. Our private ceremony rooms will accommodate the following number of guests:
In addition, at the downtown location, ceremonies may be performed outside on scenic County grounds overlooking San Diego Bay. Outdoor ceremonies are by appointment only, and weather permitting. Please be aware that the West Plaza wedding arbor is located inside the Waterfront Park. Your outdoor ceremony may be moved to the East Plaza to ensure that events in the park do not disrupt your ceremony. *Please note, outdoor ceremony appointments are reserved for ceremonies performed by ARCC staff.
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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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.
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.
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