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SAN DIEGO WEDDING LICENSE

HOW TO OBTAIN YOUR MARRIAGE LICENSE

The marriage license is a permit to get married and you are not legally married until a marriage ceremony is performed. To obtain a marriage license in San Diego, both the prospective Bride and Groom must appear together NO MORE THAN 90 DAYS BEFORE THE WEDDING DATE at one of these locations:

COUNTY ADMINISTRATION CENTER
1600 Pacific Highway, Room 273
San Diego, CA 92101 | Map

SAN MARCOS BRANCH OFFICE
141 East Carmel Street
San Marcos, CA 92078 | Map

CHULA VISTA BRANCH OFFICE
590 Third Street
Chula Vista, CA 91910 | Map

EL CAJON BRANCH OFFICE
200 South Magnolia
El Cajon, CA 92020 | Map

  • Appointments must be made in advance in order to obtain a marriage license. No walk-ins are accepted.

  • Appointments at all four offices can be made for Mon - Fri from 8:00 - 4:30 pm by calling (619) 237-0502.

  • Remember, you do not have get married at the County officse. I can perform your ceremony at any location as long as you have your marriage license.

BELOW ARE SOME IMPORTANT FORMS


WHAT IF THE SAN DIEGO COUNTY CLERK IS CLOSED?
If you discover that your schedule does not permit you to apply for your marriage license, I work closely with several qualified notaries who are able to issue the Marriage License for San Diego County on off-hours. Once your date and time are reserved, I am happy to pass along their information to make sure your wedding day goes as planned!

 

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REGULAR MARRIAGE LICENSE

The fee for a Regular 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 to the Clerk's office.

Each person must present one form of valid photo identification with proof of age (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.

Once you have your marriage license the ceremony can be performed at the location of your choice by any minister, clergyman or wedding officiant.

After the ceremony, we will send the license Certified Mail Return Receipt Requested so it has to be signed for and gets there safely. It is the legal responsibility of your officiant to file the license.

After your wedding, certified copies of your license (which becomes your Marriage Certificate) may be purchased 14 days after the license (signed by ONE witness and your officiant) is returned to the county recorder's office. NOTE: California requires one witness be present at the ceremony.


CONFIDENTIAL MARRIAGE LICENSE

The cost for a Confidential Marriage License is $89. Blood test not required. Click here for a CONFIDENTIAL MARRIAGE LICENSE APPLICATION.

To obtain a Confidential Marriage License, both the prospective Bride and Groom must appear together at one of San Diego County Clerk office locations. NOTE: 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 (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.

After the ceremony, it is the responsibility of your officiant to file the license. After your wedding, certified copies of your license (which becomes your Marriage Certificate) may be purchased about 14 days after the license (signed by your officiant) is returned to the county recorder's office.

PLEASE NOTE: The office of the Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk issues Regular marriage licenses or Confidential licenses when the confidentiality of the marriage date is 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 Bride or Groom with proper identification.


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 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 Marriage Certificate by mail from the San Diego County Clerk'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, have the form notarized, follow the mailing instructions and include a check for $15 for each copy requested.
  2. Purchase a 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 APPLICATION IN-PERSON ahead of 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 a Certified Copy of a Marriage Certificate by Mail. Download the MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE APPLICATION 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.


Follow these links for more information on: SOUND SYSTEM   §   SAME-SEX WEDDINGS   §   CHANGING YOUR NAME   §   RENEWAL OF WEDDING VOWS

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