Apply for a Marriage License

In light of recent developments, including new guidance from the Governor of the State of California as well as a new Order from our Public Health Department, the Clerk-Recorder's Office will not be able to provide services for walk-in customers from March 16, 2020, until further notice.

***** UPDATE *****

Marriage License Services are only available if either one or both of the parties are resident(s) of Santa Clara County.  Both parties MUST be within the state of California on the day of your scheduled service appointment.

  • Click on the link below

    • select Marriage License Application
    • select either “Confidential” or “Standard” marriage application to begin process.
  • Once the application is filled out, please select “COMPLETE” and write down the Order #, Date, and Name of the submitter.
  • You will be redirected to a “Next Steps” page with further instructions.

For couples that received a paper license prior to the Shelter in Place (SIP) Order and have not been able to have a ceremony or the license has expired as a result of the SIP, please contact our office at [email protected]. with the subject line of “Marriage License - SIP.” A member of the Clerk-Recorder staff will be contacting you for further assistance.

Marriage Ceremony Service is available through video conferencing via Zoom. However, this service is only available if either one or both of the parties are resident(s) of Santa Clara County. The video conferencing ceremonies are by appointment only. Please contact our office at [email protected] with the subject line of “Marriage Ceremony.” A member of the Clerk-Recorder staff will be contacting you for further assistance. To be legally married, you must obtain a marriage license and have a marriage ceremony. The license is the document that will be later become your proof of marriage. The ceremony is the formality when an authorized party pronounces you legally married.

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