Online Marriage Licenses & Virtual Marriage Ceremonies

Overview

Online Marriage Licenses & Virtual Marriage Ceremonies

Issuance of Online Marriage Licenses and Virtual Marriage Ceremonies pursuant to Executive Order N-58-20

The San Mateo County Clerk Division is now offering both online marriage licenses and online marriage licenses in conjunction with a virtual marriage ceremony.

Below are the requirements to complete an online marriage license and a virtual marriage ceremony:

  1. Different email address(es) for each applicant.
  2. Copy of each applicant’s valid government issued ID and proof of dissolution of marriage, if any (required only if dissolution date is within the last 90 days).
  3. Both adult applicants must be physically located within the State of California.
  4. Access to high-speed internet and capability to run the Microsoft Teams meeting application – the video conference includes both live video and live audio.
  5. Completed marriage license application. Click here to complete the application for a marriage license.

Please email CountyClerk@smcacre.org with your name and phone number to schedule an appointment. Appointments are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis through the expiration date of Executive Order N-58-20.

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Online Marriage Licenses & Virtual Marriage Ceremonies FAQs

How long will you be issuing online marriage licenses and conducting virtual marriage ceremonies?

This program will remain in effect until the Executive Order is modified or rescinded or until the State of Emergency is terminated, whichever occurs sooner.

What software do I need?

Other than a computer, tablet or cell phone with a microphone and camera and an internet connection, no additional software is required for the marriage license and marriage ceremony.

When can I schedule an appointment?

Online marriage licenses and virtual marriage ceremonies appointment are currently available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding holidays.

How do I schedule an appointment?

Couples who would like more information or to schedule an appointment are asked to email CountyClerk@smcacre.org or call (650) 363-4566.

How do I pay the fee?

Fees are submitted through Elavon, the San Mateo County Clerk-Recorder Division’s electronic payment system.

How does the technology work?

Microsoft Teams allows couples to video chat with officials from the San Mateo County Clerk-Recorder’s Office in lieu of an in-person appointment. DocuSign allows couples to submit a secured signed license after their ceremonies.

Are the marriages legal?

Yes. California Gov. Gavin Newsom recently issued an executive order permitting the issuance of marriage licenses and the conduct of remote civil wedding ceremonies via teleconferencing technologies.

Can I invite family and guests to join the video conference?

Yes. It will be limited to the parties engaged to be married, maximum of 2 witnesses and the officiant.

Is the service available in other languages?

Yes. Spanish.

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Civil Wedding Ceremonies

Schedule a Ceremony

NOTE: As a result of COVID-19 restrictions, in-personal Civil Wedding Ceremonies have been cancelled until further notice. Please visit our website for regular updates on when this service will be resumed.

Visit San Mateo County’s Online Marriage Ceremony Calendar.

Update a Reservation

This form is for couples who have already reserved a ceremony and want to update the date, time, personal information or the list of email addresses for the invitation. Couples may update their information only once during the application process.