Marriage Licenses

How to Obtain a California Marriage License

A marriage license can be obtained in any County Clerk’s office in California. To obtain a California marriage license, the bride and groom must both go to the County Clerk’s office and request one. To file for a public license you need to know the following:

  • Blood tests are no longer required.
  • Both parties must be at least 18 years old, or otherwise have a guardian’s consent.
  • Both parties must have a valid photo I.D. such as a driver’s license, military I.D. or passport.
  • It is necessary to bring a certified copy of your birth certificate if your full name doesn’t appear on your identification.
  • If you have been married before, you must know the exact date your previous marriage ended. If your last marriage ended within the past 90 days, you must provide a certified copy of the divorce decree.
  • You must have your ceremony within 90 days of issuance of a California marriage license.
  • You do not have to be a resident of California to get a marriage license here.
  • You’ll receive the marriage license on the spot. It usually takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  • A confidential license is another option for a license, but the fee for a confidential license is often higher than for a regular license and is valid only in the county in which it is purchased.
  • You will not receive anything from the County Clerk’s office automatically after your certificate is mailed in by your officiant.
  • Our officiants will email you an unofficial copy of the license after your wedding ceremony and all of the information you need to obtain an official copy signed by the County Clerk.

Important Notes:

  • Office addresses sometimes change, please be certain about the most current addresses.
  • San Francisco is the only one you need to make an appointment for, the others you come during their office hours.
  • Santa Clara County has a PDF download for an application to fill out in advance if you choose.
  • San Mateo County has an online application process you can choose. Regardless, you still both have to appear in person and sign the legal document you will be bringing to the ceremony for one witness and the officiant to sign.

County Clerk’s Offices

The information below is subject to change and we recommend that you check with the County Clerk’s office before making a trip.

Alameda County :

Website

1106 Madison St.
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 272-6363
Monday – Friday 8:30 am-4:30 pm
California Marriage License Fee $84

San Francisco County:
Make Appointment Online

Website

City Hall, Room 168
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlept Place
(415) 554-4950
Monday – Friday 8 am-4 pm
License Fee $83.

Santa Clara County:
Look for PDF link to download an application.

Website

70 West Hedding St.
San Jose, CA
(408) 299-7310 or (408) 299-7324
Monday – Friday 9 am- 4 pm
California Marriage License Fee $73


San Mateo County:
Look for “ONLINE” application link.

Website

555 County Center
Redwood City
(650) 363-4712

Monday – Friday 8 am-4 pm
License Fee $78

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