The County Clerk is authorized to issue marriage licenses and perform civil marriages. The County Clerk is also the official filing location for certain other official documents, such as:
The County Clerk is a source of public information and provides customer service to the general public, government agencies, and the private sector. Records are made available to the public as allowed by law. Copying and certifications costs may apply. Payment types accepted in the office are cash, check and credit or debit card (Visa & Mastercard only). Payment types via mail are limited to checks at the time. All checks must be payable against a USA bank.
Special Extended Hours for Valentine’s Day Weddings
Available from San Mateo County Clerk
CARE Press Release, February 8, 2017
Valentine's Day Falls on Saturday County Clerk Opens Office to Marry Those Wanting a Valentine's Day Wedding
CARE Press Release, February 5, 2015
Olivia and Lucas are the Most Popular Baby Names in San Mateo County in 2014
CARE Press Release, January 15, 2015
Same-Sex Marriage License
On June 26, 2013, the Vital Records Division of the California Department of Public Health notified us that as soon as the stay of injunction against Proposition 8 is lifted by the 9th Federal Circuit Court, same-sex marriage licenses will be issued. This will take about a month or more. As soon as we are notified that the stay is lifted, we will post that information.
Supreme Court Ruling on Proposition 8 Stands; No Same-Sex Marriage in California - For Now.
On Tuesday, May 26, 2009, the California Supreme Court in a 6-1 ruling upheld the November initiative, Proposition 8, which amended the California Constitution to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Continue
Number of births in SMC in 2010: 5,481
Number of deaths in SMC in 2010: 4,524
Number of marriage licenses issued in SMC in 2010: 3,456
Marriage certificates (licenses returned after the ceremony): 3,318
Number of weddings performed at the County Chapel in 2010: 929
The County Clerk's Division is located at 555 County Center, 1st Floor, Redwood City.
Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.