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While most services are available online or via the mail, Clerk-Recorder services are now also available in-person at the San Luis Obispo office.  The Atascadero office remains closed until further notice.  Please call (805) 781-5080 to make an appointment.  Walk-in service is also available but may be subject to delays. Please review this information before visiting our office.

The Clerk-Recorder Offices will be closed Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th for Thanksgiving.

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Marriage Ceremonies

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.

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.

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 nine (9) guests or fewer.
  • Call (805)  781-5080 for an appointment.

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