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

How to Record Your Public Marriage License

After completion of the ceremony, the marriage license shall be signed by all interested parties and returned to our main office by drop box or by mail within ten (10) days after the ceremony. There is no fee for recording a marriage license and you can now submit your marriage license to the Assessor-Recorder drop box located outside City Hall at 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place (the box is in the window at the Grove Street entrance).   The drop box is checked daily and documents are taken directly back to Assessor-Recorder staff to process Monday – Friday 8AM – 2PM (last pick-up).  Please ensure that your marriage license is securely packaged for processing.

IMPORTANT: When filling out the license, please do not alter, strikeover, write over, erase, use correction fluid, or 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:

By Drop Box

Step 1: Download, complete, and have your application notarized.

Step 2: Submit your notarized application, a self-addressed stamped envelope, and a personal check, money order, or cashier’s check payable to the San Francisco Assessor-Recorder in the amount of $15.00 for each certificate requested (i.e:  2 copies = $30) at our drop box located outside City Hall at 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place (the box is in the window at the Grove Street entrance).   The drop box is checked daily and requests are taken directly back to Assessor-Recorder staff to process Monday – Friday 8AM – 2PM (last pick-up).  Please ensure that your notarized application and payment are securely packaged.  

By mail:

Step 1: Download, complete, and have your application notarized.

Step 2: Send us your notarized application, a self-addressed stamped envelope, and a personal check, money order, or cashier’s check payable to the San Francisco Assessor-Recorder in the amount of $15.00 for each certificate requested (i.e:  2 copies = $30) to our main office for processing. 

IMPORTANT: Your request must include the date of marriage. 

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.

For immediate service, you can come to our main office and submit your request in-person (last request by 4:45PM). For requests by mail, over the phone or online, please allow a processing time of 1-5 business days upon receipt. ** You can request expedited service for military reasons, please contact us at our main office for more information (http://sfassessor.org/about-us/office-contact-information)

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