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Deputy Commissioner For The Day

Called the “Deputy for a Day Program”, “Deputy Marriage Commissioner for a Day”, “One-Time Deputy Marriage Commissioner”, or “One Day Deputization”, your relative or friend can be sworn in as a Deputy Marriage Commissioner.

Santa Clara


SF explains their process:
Deputy Marriage Commissioner for a Day CA Family Code Section 401(b) allows the Commissioner of Civil Marriages in the County to appoint deputy marriage commissioners to solemnize marriages in California. This is an optional service granted by some counties. Counties are not required to provide this service. Person being deputized must meet the following requirements.

  • Deputization will be granted on a San Francisco County issued marriage license only. A photocopy of the marriage license must be presented at time of deputization.
  • Marriage ceremony must be performed in California.
  • Person must be at least 18 years old *Person is not required to be a California resident.
  • Person must be fluent in the English language.
  • Person will be required to take the oath of office swearing/affirming to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California.
  • Person must appear in person in the Office of the County Clerk with valid legal photo identification.
  • Deputization service is offered on a walk-in basis Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. only.
  • Religious wording and references are not allowed during the ceremony.
  • Fee is $120.00 payable to SF County Clerk.
  • Process takes approximately 30 minutes. The Office of the County Clerk has the right to refuse deputization of a person, if the person is unable to complete the paperwork correctly and/or fails to meet the above requirements.
  • If requirements above cannot be met, please check other CA County websites for its program requirements.

San Mateo

Please call the County Clerk’s office before you travel to their office.

Santa Clara County:
70 West Hedding St.
San Jose, CA
(408) 299-7310 or (408) 299-7324
Monday – Friday 9 am- 4 pm

San Mateo County:
555 County Center
Redwood City
(650) 363-4712
Monday – Friday 8 am-4 pm


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