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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.

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Deputy Marriage Commissioner for the Day

What is the process?

Step 1: Complete the Application Form

Complete the application for a deputy commissioner for a day form.

Step 2: Submit Application Form and Complete Process

Your completed application to be a deputy commissioner for a day can be processed one of the following ways:

  • In person: Present valid photo identification and appropriate fees. The Clerk will prepare and administer the Oath. The oath will indicate that this person is being sworn solely for the purpose of performing the specific ceremony and cannot be used to perform any other ceremony. Once the oath is completed a copy will be given to the applicant along with instructions on performing the ceremony and completing the marriage license.

  • By mail: Make checks payable to and mail your completed application and appropriate fees to the Clerk-Recorder office. The Clerk will prepare the Oath for a Deputy Commissioner and mail it back to the applicant to appear before a Notary Public to acknowledge the Oath. The applicant will mail the completed Oath back to the Clerk-Recorder before the wedding date. The Clerk will return via mail the Filed Oath, sample vows, instructions for the completion of the marriage license.

Who can use this service?

An applicant must be 18 years of age to use this service.

Is there a charge for this service?

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

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. You may also submit your application via mail.

Location, directions and hours of operation

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Frequently Asked Questions