Where is San Francisco City Hall located? Where can I park?
The front entrance of City Hall is at 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, California 94102, between Grove and McAllister. There is underground parking across the street at Civic Center Plaza, entrance on McAllister St. Civic Center is the closest BART station, three blocks from City Hall. City Hall is also accessible on Muni lines 42, 71, and the F Line to Market and Van Ness, Civic Center. City Hall is wheelchair accessible.
Do We Need a Witness?
Yes, if you are obtaining a public marriage license, then you need one witness. Please note that City Hall cannot act as your witness. If you are obtaining a private marriage license, you do not need a witness.
Can My Photographer Act as My Witness?
Yes! We have done this in the past, and welcome the opportunity to do so again. We are honored to do it.
What Do We Need to Bring With Us on the Big Day?
You’ll need to bring legal photo identification, cash or check to pay all fees, a valid marriage license, 1 witness, and no more than 6 guests. And remember to bring your rings too!
The Legal Stuff:
Public Marriage and Private Marriage Public Marriage License: You must be at least 18 years old. Persons under 18 with written consent from at least one parent (or legal guardian) AND permission from a California Superior Court Judge may marry. Emancipated minors are NOT exempt from this process. Contact the County Clerk’s Office in your county for further information regarding these requirements. The marriage license may be obtained from any county in California.You are not required to get married in the county where you purchase the public marriage license; however, you must be married in California. You must file the license in the county where it was purchased. You must have at least one witness present at your ceremony. The license contains a place for two witnesses if you prefer.
You may NOT have more than two witnesses sign the official marriage license. Licenses received with more than two witnesses signatures will be returned to the officiant and a duplicate marriage license will need to be purchased. There is no age requirement in California for witnesses, however, they must be old enough to know that they are witnessing a marriage ceremony, AND be able to sign their name on the official marriage license.
The marriage license is registered at the County Recorder’s Office in the county where the license was purchased and is a public record. Anyone may request copies of the marriage license by submitting the required fee to the County Recorder. Only one officiant may sign the marriage certificate as solemnized.Confidential Marriage License: The participating parties must be at least 18 years old to apply for a confidential marriage license. Minors may NOT purchase a confidential marriage license. The participating parties must be living together as spouses at the time they apply for the marriage license and must sign an affidavit on the license attesting to those facts.
The couple MUST be married in the county where the license is issued. No witnesses are required to be at the ceremony, AND no witnesses sign on the marriage license.The marriage license is a confidential record and is registered at the County Clerk’s Office in the county where it was purchased. Only the couple may purchase copies of the marriage license and must present valid picture identification together with the required fee to the County Clerk in order to do so. Persons other than the married couple requesting copies of a confidential marriage license may only do so by presenting a court order to the County Clerk in the county where the license is registered.
Copies of confidential marriages are not available from the state office. Is the Process the Same for Non-Citizens? Both citizens and non-citizens follow the same process. You don’t need to be a California resident, or a US citizen, to get married in SF City Hall You book your marriage license appointment online, a maximum of 90 days in advance of the date you plan to get married. You can book with as little notice as 24 hours, providing there are open slots. In order to check in and be processed, and therefore be married, you will need to present valid authentic legal photo identification card containing the photograph, full legal name, date of birth, date of issue, and date of expiration.Examples are: passport, driver’s license, naturalization certificate, resident alien card, military I.D. If the legal picture I.D. card does NOT contain your full legal name, that is, it only has a middle initial rather than your full middle name, you must ALSO present a certified copy of birth certificate or social security card, showing your full legal name.In order to receive a CERTIFIED copy of your marriage license a 2-4 week, the wait is normal. This means, if you will not be in San Francisco for 2 to 4 weeks after the ceremony, you will need to make arrangements to receive your copy in some other way. Many other countries require a Certified Marriage License in order to recognize unions that happen outside of the country.