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How to Obtain Copies of Marriage Licenses

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 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.

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
Email: assessor@sfgov.org


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.


1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl., City Hall #168 SF CA 94102-4678 - Map Directions

Last updated: 2/23/2015 9:26:47 AM