After your elopement in San Diego, you may need to request a San Diego marriage certificate, also known as proof of marriage. This guide will walk you through the process of obtaining your San Diego marriage certificate if your marriage license was issued in San Diego County.

Marriage Certificate

Why Do You Need a San Diego Marriage Certificate?

A Certified copy of a San Diego marriage certificate is essential for changing your name on various documents, such as your driver’s license, passport, and social security card. It’s also required to claim insurance benefits and for other services related to your identity.


When Can You Request Your Marriage Certificate?

Please wait 10 business days after returning your marriage license for registration before asking for a copy of your San Diego marriage certificate. If we can’t find a record based on the details you gave on the application, we will send you a “Letter of No Record.”

Who Can Order a Marriage Certificate?

Non-Confidential (Public)  Marriage Certificates

Individuals who are authorized to request a Certified Copy of a non-confidential San Diego marriage certificate include:

  • One of the individuals listed on the marriage certificate, known as a registrant.
  • A parent or legal guardian of a registrant.
  • Any party entitled to the record by court order, provided that a certified copy of the court order accompanies the application.
  • Members of law enforcement agencies or representatives of other governmental agencies conducting official business as prescribed by law.
  • Children, grandparents, grandchildren, siblings, spouses, or domestic partners of a registrant.
  • Attorneys representing a registrant or a registrant’s estate, or individuals or agencies empowered by statute or appointed by a court to act on behalf of a registrant or a registrant’s estate. If requesting a Certified Copy under a power of attorney, please include a copy of the power of attorney with the application.


Confidential Marriage Certificates

To request a Certified Copy of a confidential San Diego marriage certificate, you must be one of the following:

  1. A registrant, which means you are one of the two people listed on the marriage certificate.
  2. Someone who is entitled to the record as a result of a court order. If you fall into this category, you must include a certified copy of the court order with your application.

How to Order a San Diego Marriage Certificate

In Person

Visit one of these office locations to apply for a marriage certificate in San Diego County. You’ll need to sign the application in front of a County Clerk and show a valid government-issued photo ID.

  • San Diego County Administration Center 1600 Pacific Highway Suite 260, San Diego, CA 92101 Phone: (619) 237-0502

  • Kearny Mesa Branch Office 9225 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92123 Phone: (619) 237-0502

  • Chula Vista Branch Office 590 Third Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910 Phone: (619) 237-0502

  • Santee Branch Office 10144 Mission Gorge Rd., Santee, CA 92071 Phone: (619) 237-0502

  • San Marcos Branch Office 141 East Carmel Street, San Marcos, CA 92078 Phone: (619) 237-0502


  • For each San Diego marriage certificate, the cost is $17. This fee is non-refundable, even if the record cannot be found. You can pay the fee with cash, a check, a money order, or a credit/debit card. If you choose to pay with a card, there is an additional $2.50 surcharge. Checks or money orders should be made payable to the San Diego Recorder/County Clerk.



Follow these steps to order a certified copy of your marriage certificate from the San Diego County Recorder.

  1. On the VitalChek website, select “Authorized Copy” for a certified copy.
  2. Choose “San Diego County Recorder” as the government agency.


  • $17 for each San Diego marriage certificate.
  • $12.95 VitalChek handling fee.
  • $19 for VitalChek expedited delivery (optional).

Note: The fees are non-refundable, even if the record is not found.

By Mail

To apply for a San Diego marriage certificate by mail, you need to complete the application form. Only authorized individuals can apply. Fill out the Sworn Statement on the application and get it notarized. The Certificate of Acknowledgement must also be completed by a Notary Public. If you are outside of California, the Notary Public can cross out “California” and enter the correct state.

If you are requesting a certified Informational Copy, you do not need to be an authorized individual. The Sworn Statement, Certificate of Acknowledgment, and notarization are not required.

Mail your completed application to:

San Diego Recorder/County Clerk ATTN: Vital Records P.O. Box 121750 San Diego, CA 92112-1750

The fees are $17 for each San Diego marriage certificate. This fee is non-refundable, even if the record is not found. Payment must be made by check or money order only, payable to San Diego Recorder/County Clerk. Do not send cash by mail.


Obtaining your San Diego marriage certificate can feel like a big task, but you’re not alone in this process. Simple Marriages is committed to supporting you every step of the way. We understand that navigating the requirements and paperwork can be daunting, so our team is here to guide you through it all. Whether you have questions about the process or need assistance with gathering the necessary documents, we’re here to make this experience as smooth as possible.

Your wedding day should be filled with joy and excitement, and we want to ensure that the steps leading up to it are just as enjoyable. By choosing Simple Marriages, you’re choosing a partner who will simplify the process and alleviate any stress or confusion.

Feel free to reach out to us at any time with your questions or concerns. Let’s work together to make your special day and the journey leading up to it as seamless as possible.