MARRIAGE LICENSE REQUIREMENTS
Marriage licenses must be obtained in person at the San Mateo County Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder's Office, Clerk's Division. The County Clerk is located at 555 County Center, First Floor, Redwood City, CA 94063-1665, telephone (650) 363-4500. Office hours for marriage licenses are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday - we do not make appointments. The process for a marriage license may take 30 minutes depending on several factors, such as whether you have completed the online form prior to coming into the office or if you do this process in our office. Also, there may be other people in line. Please allow yourself enough time.
Marriage Laws Change with the New Year
The Name Equality Act of 2007 changes California's marriage laws on January 1. Couples will have to give some thought to what their married legal name will be - and it will be important do so before applying for a license.
Press Release - What's in a Name? Getting Married? Give your last name some extra thought before tying the knot
Fact Sheet about The Name Equality Act of 2007 issued by the California Association of Clerks and Chief Elections Officers