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How to apply for and obtain a California Marriage License in Santa Clara or San Francisco County

Follow these simplified instructions for obtaining a public marriage license:

Santa Clara County

You must both appear together at the Clerk-Recorder’s office at the address below during marriage license business hours:

  1. Where
    Clerk-Recorder’s Office
    East Wing, First Floor
    70 West Hedding Street (at First Street)
    San Jose CA 95110
  2. When
    Marriage License Business Hours:
    Monday through Friday
    8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
    (408) 299-5664
    No appointments. First come first served
Bring the following with you:
  1. ID, such as a driver’s license, alien registration or your passport.
  2. If either party has been granted a divorce within 90 days of applying for a new marriage license, present a copy of the final divorce decree. If the divorce occurred more than 90 days before, provide the exact date the divorce was finalized.
  3. Application, preferably completed before visit to save time.
    Attached below is a copy of the application.
  4. A check for $79.00, the cost of a public marriage license
  5. A blood test is NOT needed.
More information can be found on the official website:
Official Santa Clara County Clerk Recorder Website

San Francisco County

Follow instructions on the official website to obtain an appointment:
Official San Francisco County Clerk Recorder Website

Application for California Standard Public Marriage License

Print, complete and bring with you to county clerk in order to save time.
Download License