The staff of the Clerk-Recorder-Assessor's Office are forbidden by California legal codes to practice law or provide legal advice; this prohibition includes giving advice about what forms you might need or how you should fill them out.
The Clerk's Office Has Moved
The County Clerk-Recorder Office is now located at:
585 Fiscal Dr., Room 103, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
The new Clerk-Recorder’s Office will provide essential services for residents in one location – vital records, recording services, land record information, official public records, marriage licenses & ceremonies, and fictitious business names.
Who Can Perform Marriages
In California, persons authorized to perform marriages include:
- Commissioners of Civil Marriages
- Judges or retired judges (see CA Family Code 400 for specifics)
- A person that holds or formerly held an elected office of a city or county
- A member of the Legislature or constitutional officer of this state or a Member of Congress of the United States who represents a district within this state, or a former Member of the Legislature or constitutional officer of this state or a former Member of Congress of the United States who represented a district within this state
- Out-of-state or out-of-country priests, ministers, or clergy persons may perform marriages in California.
- Ships' captains do not have authority to solemnize California marriages unless they fall into one of the categories above.
For more information please se CA Government Code 400-402
Civil Ceremonies at the County Clerk’s Office
- English and Spanish civil ceremonies are offered
- Ceremonies are performed by Deputy Marriage Commissioners who are also employees of the County Clerk-Recorder Office
- Ceremonies are by appointment only
- Fee is $56.00
- Couples getting married with a regular/public marriage license must bring at least one witness
- Couples with a confidential license do not need to bring a witness
Civil Ceremony Location Options
- Wedding Room
- Limit of 17 wedding guests
- Benches and standing areas
- No pets allowed
- Weather permitting
- Variety of flowering shrubs and plants
- Pets are allowed
- No limit on number of guests
- Courtyard is a public area, so members of the public may be present
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County Clerk-Recorder Office
Clerk-Recorder accepts payments by cash, checks, credit or debit cards.