Marriage Ceremonies

Who can use this service?

You must be at least 18 years of age and meet the marriage license requirements to be able to marry.

Is there a charge for this service?

Yes. Please refer to the Clerk-Recorder's Fee Schedule.

What is the process?

Step 1: Schedule your Marriage Ceremony

Marriage ceremonies are performed in our offices by appointment only. See the When and Where are these Services Offered section for additional details.

Step 2: Obtain Marriage License

You must obtain a marriage license before getting married in our office. You may apply and pay for a marriage license in our office, or bring a valid marriage license issued to you by another jurisdiction when you come to our office for your ceremony.

Step 3: Arrive for Your Ceremony

Please arrive 30 minutes before your ceremony if you have not purchased your license. If you already have your license, please arrive 15 minutes before your ceremony with any witnesses and guests so that we may complete the witness portion of your license and you may pay any applicable fees.

When and where is this service offered?

San Luis Obispo Ceremonies:

  • The ceremonies are performed: 

                  - Wednesdays (Spanish only) from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. by appointment only.

                  - Thursdays and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. by appointment only.

  • If you are unable to bring in a witness, one will be provided for you for a fee

  • Space is limited; please keep your party to ten (10) or fewer, including the couple to be married.
  • Call (805)  781-5080 for an appointment.

 

Atascadero Ceremonies

  • The ceremonies are performed:

                 - Thursdays (English and Spanish) from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. by appointment only.

                 - Fridays (English only) from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. by appointment only.

  • Atascadero office cannot provide a witness.

  • Space is limited; please keep your party to ten (10) or fewer, including the couple to be married.

  • Call (805) 461-6041 for an appointment.

Location, directions and hours of operation

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Clerk-Recorder San Luis Obispo Office

Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

1055 Monterey Street Suite D120 San Luis Obispo, CA 93408

Tel: (805) 781-5080

Fax: (805) 781-1111

Clerk-Recorder North County Office

Monday-Friday 7:30am-4:00pm

6565 Capistrano Avenue 2nd Floor Atascadero Library Atascadero, CA 93422

Tel: (805) 461-6041

Fax: (805) 461-6044

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get a copy of my marriage certificate the same day I am married?

Typically you may purchase a certified copy of your marriage certificate within 24-48 hours of your marriage license being recorded. Arrangements may be made to purchase a copy the same day on a case by case basis because of extenuating circumstances.

Is it possible to be married before the age of 18?

Persons under 18 with written consent from at least one parent (or legal guardian) AND permission from a California Superior Court Judge may marry. Emancipated minors are NOT exempt from this process. Contact the County Superior Court at (805) 781-5243 for further information regarding these requirements.

What if I have more than 10 people attending my office ceremony?

Due to the limited space in our ceremony rooms, we limit the number of people to ten (10).  If you find your guest list has grown, you may want to consider using our Deputy Commissioner For a Day Program. This provides more flexibility on the location and number of guests for your ceremony.