Deputy Marriage Commissioner for the Day

This service allows you to apply to be a Deputy Marriage Commissioner for the Day. California Family Code Section 401(b) allows the Clerk-Recorder, as Commissioner of Civil Marriages, to deputize individuals as a Deputy Commissioner of Civil Marriages for a day to solemnize marriages in California.

NOTE: This is an optional service not provided by all counties. Additionally, if the marriage license was purchased outside of the County of San Luis Obispo, please verify with that County that they will accept a Deputy Commissioner for a Day deputized by the County of San Luis Obispo.

Marriage Ceremonies

This service provides information about getting married in the Clerk-Recorder's office and scheduling a civil marriage ceremony.

General Rules 

  • Appointments are required prior to arrival (ceremonies will not be performed without an appointment). 
  • You must have a marriage license prior to the ceremony. Please visit our self-service portal to complete the online license application and come 30 minutes prior your ceremony appointment to have a license issued. 
  • Applicants must bring their own witness to the ceremony.
  • The ceremony space is small. Generally the room will accomodate 4-6 guests seated, or 8-9 guests standing in close quarters.
  • Please arrive promptly at your scheduled time. Late arrivals may result in cancellation. 

Marriage Licenses

This service provides information about marriage licenses and requirements and allows you to apply for a marriage license. A marriage license must be purchased prior to your ceremony and is valid for 90 days from the date of purchase. The ceremony must take place in the state of California.