A certified copy of a Public Marriage License is not available for 4-6 weeks and a Confidential Marriage License is not available for 10 business days, AFTER the license is received from the person solemnizing the marriage.
Confidential Marriage Certificate:
The County Clerk's office handles certified copies of San Francisco Confidential marriage licenses. A non-refundable $15.00 record search fee will be charged. If the record is found, a certified copy of the record will be issued. Additional certified copies are $15.00 each. If a confidential marriage record is not found, a Certificate of No Record will be issued. Copies may be purchased in person or by mail. We DO NOT expedite registration of marriage licenses or orders for certified copies. Please plan accordingly.
In Person: You are required to complete an “Application for Certified Copy of a Confidential Marriage Certificate (PDF),” present valid legal photo I.D. Processing time for orders in person is approximately 20 minutes.
Online or By Phone: For your convenience, you can process online requests through an independent company that we have partnered with to provide you this service, VitalChek Network, Inc. VitalChek can be reached through its website, vitalchek.com or by phone at (800) 708-6733. An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for using this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® or Visa®. Neither our office nor VitalChek have control over the services and fees other Internet vendors offer and charge, nor can we guarantee the confidentiality of any vital record data provided to vendors other than VitalChek. Processing time for orders is approximately 5 business days from receipt of completed application and payment. We are not responsible for non-delivery or non-receipt of fulfilled orders by your chosen return delivery method.
By Mail: You are required to complete an “Application for Certified Copy of a Confidential Marriage Certificate (PDF),” sign the Sworn Statement before a Notary Public, and have your signature acknowledged by the Notary (attach Certificate of Acknowledgement). Mail the application, acknowledgement, money order or CA personal check including name and address payable to SF County Clerk (no out of state checks), and include a self-addressed stamped envelope to our address. Please note: If you require return tracking or guaranteed delivery of your fulfilled order, you must provide a prepaid return air bill guaranteeing tracking and delivery, i.e. Federal Express, USPS Priority, UPS, or other. We are not responsible for non-delivery or non-receipt of fulfilled orders by your chosen return delivery method. Processing time for orders by mail is approximately 5 business days from receipt of application and payment.
Please note: Acknowledgements executed by Notaries Public outside of USA are not accepted. Sworn Statement must be taken before an Embassador, Minister, Consul, Vice Consul, or Consular Agent of the United States, or before any Judge of a Court of record having a seal in such foreign country. (CA CCP 2014)
Non-Confidential (Public) Marriage Certificate:
Public marriage certificates are maintained by the County Recorder in the county where you purchased your marriage license. Certified copies of San Francisco public marriage certificates are issued by Office of the Assessor-Recorder.
Please refer to the Assessor-Recorder website for information:
Public Marriage Certificate
Office of The Assessor-Recorder
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, City Hall, Room 190
San Francisco, CA 94102-4698
Phone: (415) 554-5596
Fax: (415) 554-7915
If your marriage ceremony was performed by one of our Deputy Marriage Commissioners in our office, the completed marriage license is returned to the County Recorder in the county where you purchased the marriage license on the following business day. Please check the specific County’s website for processing times and information.