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County Clerk Sets Record for Marriage Licenses

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County Clerk locations issued 230 licenses and performed 144 ceremonies today, the first full day licenses for same-sex marriages could be issued as directed by a recent California Supreme Court decision. The number set a local record for the most marriage licenses issued in one day, surpassing the previous high from Valentine's Day 2005.

“We are glad that the day went smoothly and that our staff could provide all couples with dignity and respect on this historic day,” said County Assessor/Recorder/Clerk Greg Smith.

Below are the totals for each branch:

Chula Vista2111
San Marcos4121

Couples can make future appointments to get marriage licenses at the following numbers:

  • Downtown (Monday-Friday) at (619) 531-5088
  • Chula Vista (Monday-Friday) at (858) 505-6197
  • San Marcos (Monday-Friday) at (858) 505-6197
  • Kearny Mesa (Saturday only) at (858) 505-6197

Walk-ins will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

Hours and staffing at all branches will be evaluated daily based on the demand for licenses, ceremonies and other services. The Kearny Mesa branch has already restored vital records services, which includes birth certificates, death certificates, fictitious business names and certified copies of existing marriages licenses.

For more information about fees and requirements, how to schedule a marriage ceremony on the Web, and various mementos for sale, visit the County Assessor/Recorder/Clerk Web site at