Have a civil marriage or domestic partnership ceremony at City Hall

Make a reservation for an in-person ceremony with 6 or fewer guests. Walk-ins are not allowed.

What to do

1. Make an appointment

You must pay for your ceremony by credit card at the time of scheduling. 

Ceremony appointments are available every half hour between 9 am and 1 pm Monday toFriday.

You cannot choose the location of your ceremony. You will be assigned a room based on what is available. Possible rooms include our private ceremony room or the rotunda at City Hall.

2. Invite your guests and witnesses

You are allowed up to 6 guests total. The guest count includes any photographers, videographers, children, witnesses, etc.

For a Public Marriage Ceremony, you must have 1 witness present during your ceremony. 

For a Confidential Marriage Ceremony, no witnesses are required. 

*County Clerk staff cannot serve as a witness for marriage ceremonies. You are responsible for providing your own witness.

 

3. Bring your marriage license

Bring your original government-issued marriage license on the day of your ceremony. They will not be available for purchase on the same day as your ceremony.

4. Arrive on your ceremony day

Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment.

Be prepared for your civil ceremony appointment with the following:

  • Valid, authentic, legal government-issued photo identification for each person
  • A valid, unexpired, marriage license issued by a California County. Photocopies are not acceptable.
  • 1 witness if you are presenting a public marriage license.
  • No witness is required if presenting a confidential marriage license.

Get help

Office of the County Clerk

City Hall, Room 160
1 Dr. Carlton B Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102

Mon to Fri, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Processing Hours

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Last updated November 2, 2022