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NOTICE: While our main office at 1055 Monterey Street, Suite D-120, San Luis Obispo remains open to the public, as of Monday, December 14, the Clerk-Recorder’s office will no longer be offering marriage licenses to walk-ins. An appointment is REQUIRED to control the number of people in our lobby at any given time. Please call 805-781-5080 to request an appointment. Appointments will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. At least one member of the couple applying for a license must be a SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY RESIDENT. Should you come to our office without an appointment, you may be required to schedule an appointment and come back at another time. Our Atascadero office remains closed at this time. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

The Clerk-Recorder Offices will be closed Monday, January 18th for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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Running for Public Office

What is the process?

Step 1: Complete Candidate Information Form

Download and complete the Candidate Information Form.

Step 2: Schedule an appointment

Make sure you have your completed Candidate Information Form in front of you, then call our office at (805) 781-5228 to schedule an appointment to take out papers to run for office.

Step 3: Bring completed paperwork to your appointment

After scheduling your appointment we will email you additional forms and information. Be sure to bring your completed forms to your appointment at the scheduled time.

Who can use this service?

Generally, a candidate must be a registered voter and otherwise qualified to vote for the office they are seeking, to use this service.

Is there a charge for this service?

Depending on the office, there may be candidate filing fees required. Fees for any given office/election (if any) are listed in the candidate information booklet specific to that election.

When and where is this service offered?

This service is available anytime throughout the year at the Clerk-Recorder office in San Luis Obispo during regular business hours except during County-observed holidays. However, the nomination and candidate filing periods are scheduled by statute at the beginning of an election cycle, generally from 103 to 88 days before the election.

Location, directions and hours of operation

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