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San Francisco City Hall Weddings

So you're thinking of getting married at one of THE most stunning venues in all of California, huh? Whether you're wanting a quick elopement or an extravagant wedding on the grand staircase, there are a bit more rules and procedures to follow to securing your marriage license there and a spot for a ceremony than one might think. Read on to find out more about how to have your special moment in this amazing location!

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Obtaining Your Marriage License...

To obtain a California marriage license, the bride and groom must both go to the County Clerk’s office and request one. Most people file for a public license, so that is the information we are providing. The information below is specifically for the State of California.

  • 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.
  • Blood tests are no longer required.
  • 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. 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’ll receive the marriage license on the spot. It 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 the officiant. You must request and pay for a Certified Copy from the County Clerk’s office you received your license. In some counties, you can now order your certified copies online.

Most bay area County Clerk offices will allow you to stand in line during normal business hours to apply for your marriage license. However, the San Francisco County Clerk is the only one you need to make an appointment for. Each County Clerk also has their forms on their website for you to either fill out online or print and fill out in advance of your trip to their office. San Mateo County has an online application process if you so choose but you are still required to both appear in person and sign the legal document you will be bringing to the ceremony for at least one witness and the officiant to sign.

Once the wedding ceremony is performed, the license is signed and the officiant files it with the County Clerk's Office, expect anywhere from 4-6 weeks to obtain a Certified Copy. Certified copies of your marriage certificate DO NOT come automatically after the license is filed. You will still need to pay for certified copies and can do so either in person or order them online, depending on the county.

Santa Clara County Fee is $79 for public and $83 for confidential
San Mateo…Fees are $78 for public and $80 for confidential
Santa Cruz County fee is $90 for both public and confidential
Alameda County Marriage License Fee is $80 for both public and confidential

San Francisco Public and Confidential Marriage License Fees are $100 as of 7/1/2013

To order you certified marriage certificate (after you are married) follow the links below...

San Francisco Co. Clerk's Office click here

Santa Clara Co. Clerk's Office click here

San Mateo Co. Clerk's Office click here

Alameda Co. Clerk's Office click here

Contra Costa Co. Clerk's Office click here

Santa Cruz Co. Clerk's Office click here

Monterey Co. Clerk's Office click here