Marriage Licenses and Marriage Ceremonies via Video Conference


Marriage Licenses and Marriage Ceremonies via Video Conference

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

The San Mateo County Clerk Division is now offering both marriage licenses and marriage license in conjunction with a ceremony via video conference.

Below are the requirements to complete marriage licenses and marriage ceremony via video conference:

  1. Please provide different email address(es) for each applicant.
  2. Provide a 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. To request and appointment, please email with your name, phone numbers and emails. Let us know if you would like just a marriage license or a license with a ceremony in the email. We will contact you with appointment date and time. Appointments are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis through the expiration date of Executive Order N-58-20.
  6. Completed marriage license application. Click here to complete the application for a marriage license.

The marriage license and marriage ceremony will be administered by the San Mateo County Clerk Division.


Marriage Licenses and Marriage Ceremonies via Video Conference 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This program will remain in effect until the Executive Order is modified or rescinded or until the State of Emergency is terminated, whichever occurs sooner.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?

Marriage licenses and marriage ceremonies via video conference 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 to schedule an appointment, please email with your names, phone numbers and emails. We will contact you with appointment date and time. For more information, please 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.


Civil Wedding Ceremonies

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.


Applicant Cannot Physically Appear in Person

Procedure when One or Both Applicant(s) Cannot Physically Appear in Person to Apply for a Marriage License

If, for acceptable reason, one or both of the parties to be married are physically unable to appear in person before the County Clerk, a marriage license may be issued by the County Clerk to the person solemnizing the marriage.

Acceptable reason includes proof of hospitalization, incarceration, or any other reason proved to the satisfaction of the County Clerk (FC Sections 426(d) and 502(d)).