Part of the core function of the Office of the Assessor-Recorder is to record and maintain public marriage licenses issued in the City and County of San Francisco.

How to Record Your Marriage Certificate

After completion of the ceremony and signed by all interested parties, the marriage license shall be returned by the person performing the marriage ceremony to the county recorder of the county in which the license was issued within ten (10) days after the ceremony.  This can be done either in person at our main office in City Hall, or it may be mailed to our main office in City Hall (1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 190, San Francisco, CA  94102.)  There is no fee for recording a marriage license.

When filling in the license, please do not alter, strikeover, write over, erase, use correction fluid, or correction tape; nor write or type over pre-printed lettering or dashes on the license.  If the license cannot be recorded, an affidavit and a fee are required for a duplicate marriage license through the Office of the County Clerk.


How to Obtain a Copy of Your Marriage Certificate

There are several ways you can obtain a copy of your marriage certificate:

In person:
At our City Hall location (1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 190, San Francisco) you may fill out a request between the hours of 8:00 am to 4:45 pm. A valid photo identification will be required. The fee is $15 per copy. Payment may be made by cash, Visa, Mastercard, check (with preprinted name and address), or money order payable to SF Assessor-Recorder. 

By mail:
Download a copy of the Application for Certified Copy of a Non-Confidential (Public) Marriage Certificate (Marriage Certificate Request), complete the application, have it notarized, and send your application and a check (local bank pre-printed with name/address [out-of-state checks are not accepted]; Money Order, or Cashier’s Check) in the amount of $15.00 for each certificate requested, payable to the San Francisco Assessor-Recorder at 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, City Hall, Room 190, San Francisco, CA 94102. Your request must include the couple’s first and last names (please include the first name and maiden last name) and date of marriage. Also, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Over the phone or via the Internet:
The Recorder does not accept credit cards for online or phone orders; however, for your convenience, you can process online requests through a secure independent company; Vitalchek Network, Inc. which can be reached through its website or by phone at (800) 669-8312. 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.  Please note there is a convenience fee for any requests taken online or over the phone.

You may order copies of your marriage license 10 days after the marriage license has been received in the Assessor-Recorder’s office.

You may request copies of your marriage license 10 days after the marriage license has been received in the Assessor-Recorder’s office. In-person: You can receive a copy of your marriage certificate immediately by visiting our office during office hours (last request by 4:45pm) By mail, over the phone or via the Internet: 4-6 weeks after your request is submitted. ** We will expedite your request for military reasons only. Please plan accordingly as immigration issues, travelling outside of the U.S., or other issues that will create an undue hardship if the marriage certificate is not received will not be processed on an expedited basis.

You apply for a marriage license at the Office of the County Clerk located in City Hall, Room 168.