Marriage Licenses and Marriage Ceremonies via Video Conference FAQs

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This program will remain in effect until the Executive Order is modified or rescinded or until the State of Emergency is terminated, whichever occurs sooner.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