County Clerk

Shelly Scott, Assessor - Recorder - County Clerk

Beginning Monday, June 15, 2020, the County Clerk’s Office will be open by appointment only. To slow the spread of COVID-19, we respectfully request that our customers continue to observe Marin’s Shelter in Place Order and use online and mail options as much as possible. Call (415) 473-6772 with questions or send an email to the County Clerk.

  • You may schedule an appointment for an in-person marriage license by email. Due to limited staffing and limited lobby space, we are prioritizing Marin County residents at this time. In your e-mail, please include both parties’ names, addresses, and e-mail addresses, as well as a daytime telephone phone number. In addition, please provide proof of Marin County residency, which could include a scanned copy of a recent utility bill, a rental agreement, mortgage agreement or another visible form of proof. We will get back to you as soon as possible
  • No in-person marriage ceremonies are being performed by County Clerk staff until further notice.
  • Online marriage licenses and ceremonies pursuant to Governor Newsom’s April 30, 2020, Executive Order are currently available from our office. For more information, contact County Clerk staff at (415) 473-6772 or send an email to the County Clerk. Marin County residents are given priority when scheduling online licenses and ceremonies.
  • You may schedule appointments for other in-person County Clerk services online, including notary public renewals and professional registrations (Process Servers, Legal Document Assistants, etc.).
  • Renew unexpired fictitious business names and submit CEQA filings by mail. Send to 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 234, San Rafael, CA 94903 or place in the drop box outside Room 232 during business hours (M-F 8-4).
  • Images of current CEQA filings and miscellaneous agencies’ notices and agendas may be found on this website.

The County Clerk issues marriage licenses; accepts and indexes Fictitious Business Name statement filings; files notary bonds, commissions and oaths certificates and posts certain environmental documents, and maintains a list of public rosters.

The County Clerk also registers Domestic Partners, Professional Photocopiers, Unlawful Detainers, Legal Document Assistants, Process Servers and Humane Officers. The County Clerk issues ID cards to Professional Photocopiers, Unlawful Detainers, Legal Document Assistants and Process Servers.

Solicitor Permits and Exemptions can also be obtained from the County Clerk for the unincorporated areas of the County only. Also, Bingo licenses for the unincorporated area of the county can be authorized through the County Clerk’s Office.

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Important - Please Read:
The Marin County Clerk’s Office staff is forbidden by California legal codes to practice law or provide legal advice; this prohibition includes giving advice about what forms you might need or how you should fill them out.

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Office hours are 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM - Monday through Friday (closed major holidays)
All transactions, filings, and applications must be presented for processing by 3:30 PM.

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How do I apply for a marriage license

Read the Frequently Asked Question

Miscellaneous Appointment

NOT for marriage licenses: Schedule an appointment for services including FBNs, notary commissions, professional filings and CEQA filings using the Miscellaneous Appointment link

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Certificates Information

Order a Birth, Marriage, or Death Certificate

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File Court papers

Where do I file court papers in Marin County?