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County Clerk-Recorder


County Clerk-Recorder

San Mateo County Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder

Issues and maintains various licenses and records.


The office of the County Clerk is responsible for the filing of bonds and oaths by persons authorized to act in the capacity of notary public or with power of attorney, maintenance of registries of business licenses for businesses operating within unincorporated areas, humane officers, process servers and professional photocopiers, issuance of marriage licenses, appointment of marriage commissioners and performance of civil marriages. The office of the Recorder maintains the official files of vital records (birth, death, marriage), and records of real property ownership and transfer. The Recorder makes these records available for viewing and copying by the public.


Public Transit:

SAMTRANS stops within 2 blocks, CALTRAIN within 3 blocks.
555 County Center, 1st Floor, Redwood City, CA 94063-1665 37.488701 -122.230148 Government

Service Options

Languages Spoken:

  • Chinese
  • Spanish

Accessibility Options:

  • Disabled Parking
  • Disabled Restroom
  • Elevator
  • Wheelchair



Filing fees vary. Services are free, except for various copying costs ($19 for birth certificate, $12 for death certificate, $14 for marriage certificate). Cash, checks and credit cards accepted.



How to Apply:

Walk in or apply by phone, mail, fax or online.

Service Wait Estimate:

Up to 10 minutes.

Service Areas:

  • San Mateo County