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Marriage Ceremony Options

Marriages Performed by the Clerk-Recorder's Office
Civil marriage ceremonies may be performed by the County Deputy Marriage Commissioners at the Clerk-Recorder's Office in a private and decorated ceremony room.  Appointments must be made in person at the Clerk-Recorder's Office during business hours.  Appointments are ten (10) minutes in length.​
Ceremonies are scheduled from Tuesday through Friday between the hours of 10:30 A.M. to 3:40 P.M.   
The fee for a marriage ceremony is $80.00.  At least one witness is required to attend a standard civil ceremony.  Upon request a witness can be provided for a fee of $10.00.
Additionally, walk-in couples who do not want to wait for an appointment will be accommodated through our Express Marriage Ceremony Service.  After purchasing the marriage license, they may have their ceremony performed at the service window for an additional fee of $120.  Express Marriage ceremonies can be performed weekdays from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
Marriages Performed by Clergy or Judges
Marriage ceremonies may be arranged by the couple with any member of the clergy, who by virtue of their ordination or assignment of their religion have been given the authority to perform such rites.
After the ceremony has been performed, the license should be completed, with the signatures of the officiant and the witnesses, and returned by the officiant to the Clerk-Recorder within ten (10) business days for recordation.  At least one (1) witness is required.  A maximum of two (2) witnesses may sign the license.
Similarly, any Judge, or Retired Judge, or designated Court official can perform marriage ceremonies.  Check with the official for information on fees and availability.  To schedule a ceremony with a Superior Court Judge, you may contact Superior Court at (408) 882-2739

One-Time Deputy Marriage Commissioner
Couples with a valid license may choose to have a friend or relative deputized to perform their marriage.  To be deputized as a "One-Time Deputy Marriage Commissioner", the person making the request should come to the Clerk-Recorder's Office during Marriage License business hours.

The individual must have current government issued identification such as a passport or driver's license to apply.  The information required for the completion of the application is as follows: 
  • Party A's and Party B's names
  • The date and location of the wedding ceremony
  • The County where the parties will purchase the marriage license.
The appointment is valid for the specified wedding and is valid for the date of the wedding and six (6) subsequent days to allow for a change of date by the two parties.  The fee for this service is $80.00, payable by cash, check, or debit / credit card ($2.50 convenience fee applies).
 Chapel Rental
Any members of the public may choose to rent the chapel in the Clerk-Recorder's Office to hold a marriage, commitment, or other type of ceremony. The parties are required to provide their own officiant.  The cost for this service is $40.00 per ten (10) minutes of usage.  Appointments are required and the chapel usage fee must be paid in advance.  Appointments  must be made in person at the Clerk-Recorder's Office during business hours.  For more information about this service, please call the Marriage Registrar (408) 299-5658.
Last updated: 5/3/2018 8:41 AM