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How/Where to Obtain your Marriage License

COUNTY ADMIN CENTER 
1600 Pacific Highway, Room 273
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 237-0502 

Office Hours Mon – Fri 8:00am – 5:00 pm

Appointment Hours 8 am – 4:30 pm

Phone Hours 8:00am – 4:00pm

 

SAN MARCOS BRANCH OFFICE
141 East Carmel Street
San Marcos, CA 92078
(619) 237-0502 

Office Hours Mon – Fri 8:00am – 5:00 pm

Appointment Hours 8 am – 4:30 pm

Phone Hours 8:00am – 4:00pm


EL CAJON BRANCH OFFICE
200 South Magnolia
El Cajon, CA 92020
(619) 237-0502 

Office Hours Mon – Fri 8:00am – 5:00 pm

Appointment Hours 8 am – 4:30 pm

Phone Hours 8:00am – 4:00pm

 

CHULA VISTA

590 3rd Ave.

Chula Vista, CA 91910

(619) 237-0502 

Office Hours Mon – Fri 8:00am – 5:00 pm

Appointment Hours 8 am – 4:30 pm

Phone Hours 8:00am – 4:00pm

 

KEARNY MESA

9225 Clairemont Mesa Blvd

San Diego, CA 92123

(619) 237-0502

Office Hours Every 3rd Saturday 9:00 - 3:00

Appointment Hours 9 am – 2:30 pm

Phone Hours 8:00am – 4:00pm

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.


PLEASE NOTE: All County Clerk's Offices now require that appointments be made in order to obtain a marriage license.


No walk-ins are accepted.


Appointments at all offices can be made by calling (619) 237-0502.


Some Clerk's Offices don't accept debit / credit cards. BRING CASH OR CHECK, JUST IN CASE.


**You do not have to be married at the County Clerk's Office after obtaining your marriage license. We can perform your ceremony at any location.** 


For More Information Visit:

San Diego County Clerk's Website


Confidential Marriage License Application

CLICK HERE FOR DOWNLOAD      

You do not need to be a California resident to marry in California.


Blood tests are NOT required to obtain a marriage license in California.

 

Both parties must appear in person and bring valid picture identification to the County Clerk’s Office to apply for a marriage license in California.  Valid picture identification is one that contains a photograph, date of birth, and an issue and expiration date, such as a state issued identification card, driver’s license, passport, military identification, etc.  Some counties may also require a copy of your birth certificate.

 

Marriage licenses are valid for 90 days from the date of issuance.  If you do not get married within 90 days, the license will no longer be valid.  You must purchase a new license.


You will NOT receive a copy of your marriage license after you have been married unless you request and pay for a certified copy from the County Clerk or County Recorder as applicable. 

 

You may access information to request a certified copy of a marriage certificate at the following link:

https://arcc.sdcounty.ca.gov/Pages/marriage-certificates.aspx#1

There are two types of marriage licenses commonly issued in California, the public marriage license and confidential marriage license.  In addition to the general requirements listed above, there are additional requirements for each of the licenses listed below.

You must be at least 18 years old.  Persons under 18 with written consent from at least one parent (or legal guardian) AND permission from a California Superior Court Judge may marry.  Emancipated minors are NOT exempt from this process.  Contact the County Clerk’s Office in your county for further information regarding these requirements.


The marriage license may be obtained from any county in California.  You are not required to get married in the county where you purchase the public marriage license; however, you must be married in California.  You must file the license in the county where it was purchased.


You must have at least one witness present at your ceremony. The license contains a place for two witnesses if you prefer.  You may NOT have more than two witnesses sign the official marriage license.  Licenses received with more than two witnesses’ signatures will be returned to the officiant and a duplicate marriage license will need to be purchased.

 

There is no age requirement in California for witnesses; however, they must be old enough to know that they are witnessing a marriage ceremony AND be able to sign their name on the official marriage license.

 

The marriage license is registered at the County Recorder’s Office in the county where the license was purchased, and is a public record.  Anyone may request copies of the marriage certificate by submitting the required fee to the County Recorder. 


You may access information to request a certified copy of a marriage certificate at the following link:

https://arcc.sdcounty.ca.gov/Pages/marriage-certificates.aspx#1

 

Only one officiant may sign the marriage license as the person who solemnized the marriage.

The two parties of the marriage must be at least 18 years old to apply for a confidential marriage license.  Minors may NOT purchase a confidential marriage license.


The couple must be living together as spouses at the time they apply for the marriage license, and must sign an affidavit on the license attesting to that fact.

The couple MUST be married in the county where the license is issued. 


No witnesses are required to be at the ceremony, AND no witnesses sign on the marriage license.


The marriage license is a confidential record and is registered at the County Clerk’s Office in the county where it was purchased.  Only the couple may purchase copies of the marriage certificate and must present valid picture identification together with the required fee to the County Clerk in order to do so.  Persons other than the parties to the marriage requesting copies of a confidential marriage certificate may only do so by presenting a court order to the County Clerk in the county where the license is registered. 


No witnesses may sign on the confidential marriage license.

If the County Clerk's office is or will be closed when you are ready to obtain your marriage license, don't worry, we work with qualified notary publics who are able to issue a Confidential Marriage License often on short notice.


Please let us know immediately so that we can make sure that all the proper steps are taken to ensure that your wedding day goes as smoothly as possible!