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Marriage Laws U.S. California San Francisco County Clerk

Here's what you need to know and what documents to bring with you before you apply for a San Francisco County marriage license. We recommend getting this legal aspect of your wedding out of the way about a month before your ceremony date.

How Much a Marriage License Cost?

California law requires a couple to obtain a marriage license in order to have a legally binding wedding ceremony. Some states require a medical examination or blood tests in order to obtain a license. All require proof of identification and a license application fee.

In San Francisco it will cost you $97 for either a public license or a confidential marriage license and $47 for a Domestic Partnership filing. Method of payments:

There is no waiting period or blood tests in San Francisco.

Office of the San Francisco County Clerk

City Hall, Suite 168
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl
San Francisco, CA 94102
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / M - F
Closed for holidays.

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Marriage License in San Francisco

There are two different types of marriage licenses in San Francisco, and they can be obtained in two different ways.

Confidential Marriage License and a Public Marriage License:

Requirements for a Public Marriage License

Requirements for a Confidential Marriage License

Persons authorized to solemnize (perform) marriage ceremonies in California:

Any judge or retired judge of this State; Commissioner of Civil Marriages or retired Commissioner of Civil Marriages; Commissioner or retired Assistant Commissioner of a Court of Record or Justice Court in this state; any judge or magistrate of the U.S.or any priest, minister or rabbi of any religious denomination of the age of 18 or over. A marriage may also be solemnized by a judge or magistrate of the U.S. who has resigned from office. A legislator or constitutional officer of this state or a member of congress who represents a district within this state, while that person holds office.

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

Copies of San Francisco County birth certificates, San Francisco County death certificates and public San Francisco County marriage records (for marriage licenses that were issued in San Francisco County). You may order copies of San Francisco County vital records through USAVital on an expedited basis.

It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license bureau or county clerk office before making any wedding or travel plans.

Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice.

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