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San Diego Marriage License Guide

San Diego Marriage License Guide

Congratulations on your upcoming marriage. You will need to purchase a marriage license prior to your ceremony. In California marriage licenses are valid for 90 days from the issue date and cost $50.00, so make sure you plan ahead.

Marriage license bureaus in California require that both the bride and groom must apply together, in person. You'll need specific identification - like a photo ID or driver's license. If divorce has occurred within 90 days, you'll need to bring in your divorce decree. The Kearny Mesa Office is open on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. There is no blood test and no waiting period in California.

Once you have your marriage license, don't lose it! You'll give it to your officiant before the ceremony, where you two and the officiant and your witnesses will sign it. Then he or she will mail it in to the Recorder County Clerk's Office and certified copies of your marriage certificate will be available for a fee of $13. Hold on to that in case you need to show proof of marriage in the future. Getting your license may not be the most romantic part of planning your wedding, but it is an essential one. You can obtain a marriage license at the following County of San Diego offices:

Gregory J. Smith
Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk
1600 Pacific Highway, Room 273
San Diego, CA 92101
8-5, M-F
(619) 237-0502

Chula Vista Branch Office
590 3rd Ave.
Chula Vista, CA 91910
8-5, M-F

El Cajon Branch Office
200 S. Magnolia Avenue
El Cajon, CA 92020
8-5, M-F

Kearny Mesa Branch Office
9225 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92123
8-5, M-F
Open on Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

San Marcos Branch Office
334 Via Vera Cruz, Suite 150
San Marcos, CA 92069
8-5, M-F

For more information, visit the San Diego County Web Site at

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