Closed to the Public Until Further Notice
As a directive from the Sacramento County Department of Public Health, our office is closed to the public effective March 18, 2020 and will remain closed until further notice.
You may call our office at (916) 874-6334 with questions.
For critical matters, you may contact (916) 874-2660.
Civil Ceremony in our Office
Our office conducts civil marriage ceremonies for a fee of $36. Ceremonies are conducted weekdays at all of our office locations by a Deputy Commissioner of Civil Marriages on staff.
You must obtain a marriage license before the ceremony can be performed. At the time of the ceremony, you must provide a witness, unless the marriage is performed using a confidential marriage license, in which case no witness is required. If you do not have a witness, our office can provide one for $29.
Our ceremony rooms (watch the video) accommodate parties with seating for:
- 18 at the Downtown office
- 24 at the East Service Center
- 21 at the South Service Center
- Call our office at (916) 874-6131 or schedule an appointment online.
Laws concerning marriage ceremonies are set forth in Sections 400-426 of the Family Code. According to state law, the following officials who are 18 years of age or older may solemnize a marriage:
- A priest, minister, rabbi, or authorized person of any religious denomination.
- A judge or retired judge, commissioner of civil marriages or retired commissioner of civil marriages, commissioner or retired commissioner, or assistant commissioner of a court of record in this state.
- A judge or magistrate who has resigned from office.
- Any of the following judges or magistrates of the United States:
- A justice or retired justice of the United States Supreme Court.
- A judge or retired judge of a court of appeals, a district court, or a court created by an act of the United States Congress.
- A judge or retired judge of a bankruptcy court or a tax court.
- A United States magistrate or retired magistrate.
- A Member of the Legislature or constitutional officer of this state or a Member of Congress of the United States who represents a district within this state, or a former Member of the Legislature or constitutional officer of this state or a former Member of Congress of the United States who represented a district within this state.
- A person that holds or formerly held an elected office of a city, county, or city and county.
- A city clerk of a charter city or serving in accordance with subdivision (b) of Section 36501 of the Government Code, while holding office.
- Ships’ captains have no authority to solemnize California marriages unless they fall into one of the categories listed above.