Online Marriage Licenses & Virtual Marriage Ceremonies 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 through June 29, 2020 or until further notice and is subject to modification by Executive Orders or Legislative action.  

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 (groom/bride), maximum of 2 witnesses and the officiant.

Is the service available in other languages?

Yes. Spanish.