How to Get a San Mateo County Marriage Certificate Fast

Marriage Certificates How to Get a San Mateo County Marriage Certificate Fast

How to Get a San Mateo County Marriage Certificate

Sometimes, important documents just disappear: Moves, house fires, or overly-enthusiastic spring cleaning are common reasons why marriage certificates get lost. If you need a  replacement copy, chances are you don't have time to deal with bureaucracy. You want to get it fast, with the least amount of trips downtown or to the post office.

We'll show you the official steps for getting your San Mateo County marriage certificate copies, and then we'll take a peek at the easy way to check this task off your list: DoNotPay will simplify the process and help you get it done in just minutes!

5 Reasons Why You Should Have Certified Copies of Your Marriage Certificate

Like birth and death certificates (which, by the way, DoNotPay can also help you order), marriage certificates are important documents to have in your records. Here's why you might want one or more copies:

  1. You want to display it with your wedding photos
  2. You need to access pension or insurance benefits
  3. You want to change your legal name after your wedding
  4. You're getting divorced
  5. You need proof of your marriage to benefit from your deceased spouse's estate

How Do I Submit a Request for My San Mateo Marriage Certificate

WebsiteMarriage Certificates
Contact formContact ACRE
Marriage certificate request applicationAssessor
Phone number650.363.4500
Mailing address555 County Center, Redwood City, CA 94063
Fee$17.00, payable by U.S. check or money order

When requesting a certified marriage certificate copy from San Mateo County, you'll need to provide the information they'll need to look up your records and send $17.00 in either a personal check drawn on a United States Bank or money order. Here's what's required on the application, which you can download, print, and fill out from the above table:

  • The legal names of the persons on the document
  • If before June 18, 2008, the certificates are marked "Bride" and "Groom"; after, it's "Party A" and "Party B"
  • The name, phone number, and mailing address of the person ordering the documents
  • The date of the marriage
  • The office where the license was obtained

Send your payment and completed application to the County Clerk-Recorder at the address above. To speed up the process, you can include a pre-paid FedEx, USPS Priority, or Express Mail envelope with your application documents, but otherwise, you can expect to receive your certified marriage certificate copies in about two weeks. An additional two to three days are required for marriages conducted between 1856 to 1964.

Save Time With the Help of DoNotPay

If you want to order a marriage certificate copy in San Mateo County, but you want to skip the trip to the post office, DoNotPay can help you make your application online in just 7 easy steps: 

  1. Go to the Certificates of Marriage product on DoNotPay.


  2. Select whether the certificate belongs to you or a relative/loved one. If it belongs to someone else, enter the details of both people on the certificate, and select/upload evidence that proves your relationship with them. If the certificate is yours, enter the details of your spouse.


  3. Enter the city, state, and county where the marriage certificate was issued as well as the date it was issued.


  4. Indicate what you will be using this certificate for, and choose whether you need an authorized or certified copy.


  5. Enter your contact information and shipping address. Upload copies of your government-issued identification, such as a driver's license.


  6. Choose whether you would like to electronically sign this form or not. Once we generate the form, verify that all of the information is correct.


  7. If you need the document to be notarized, schedule a notarization appointment using our Notary product. Otherwise, proceed to our Mail Checks product and let DoNotPay mail-in your request form with a check on your behalf.

And that's it! You don't even need to leave your own home to apply for a marriage certificate copy from San Mateo County.

What Else Can DoNotPay Do? 

DoNotPay is a consumer and citizen advocacy service that makes cutting through red tape almost fun! At the very least, we take the headache out of paperwork, and simplify the process, saving you time and often a lot of money.

Here are just a few things we can do for you in a fraction of the time you'd spend on hold or waiting in line:

You'll also find a lot of useful DIY tips on our website, no strings attached! Using us to order your  copies is an excellent way to get to know us. Let's get started now. Once you see how it's done, we're confident you'll keep us on your side for future projects!

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