Frequently Asked Questions

Shelly Scott, Assessor - Recorder - County Clerk

For additional information

Assessor’s Office / Open to the Public – Appointments Are Encouraged

  • For questions or information about real property assessments – Call (415) 473-7215 or contact us by email.
  • For questions or information about Business Property or Personal Property assessments, call (415) 473-7208 or contact the Assessor by email.
  • If you’d prefer to schedule an in-person appointment to minimize your wait time, please visit our electronic calendar to schedule your appointment electronic calendar.

Recorder’s Office / Open to the Public 8am to 4pm

  • Recording Services - Call (415) 473-6093 with recording questions or email the Recorder.
  • Electronic Recording is available for authorized submitters, including title companies and some government agencies.
  • Recording Official Record Documents by Mail – Documents to be recorded can be sent via U.S. Mail or express mail service.
  • Mailing address: P.O. Box C, San Rafael, CA 94913.
  • Express shipping address: 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 232, San Rafael, CA 94903.
  • Hand deliver to Drop Box located outside Room 232 at the Civic Center.
  • Recording Official Record Documents in Person – The Recorder’s office is open between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Documents presented and accepted for recording after 3 p.m. will be recorded the next business day. Wait times will vary based on customer volume.

Vital Records - Copy Services / Open to the Public 8am to 4pm

  • Vital Records – Copy Services - Call (415) 473-6395 with questions or email the Copy Center.
  • Order birth or death certificates for events that occurred in Marin County, as well as marriage certificates issued by Marin County, from our website.
  • Request copies of Vital Records at the Copy Center public counter. Wait times will vary based on customer volume.
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County Clerk: / Appointments highly recommended, but not mandatory

  • County Clerk — Call (415) 473-6772 with questions or Email the Clerk.
  • 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.
  • Online marriage licenses and ceremonies pursuant to Governor Newsom’s April 30, 2020, executive order are available currently available. For more information, contact County Clerk staff at (415) 473-6772 or contact us. Marin County residents are given priority when scheduling online marriages.
  • No in-person marriage ceremonies are being performed by County Clerk staff until further notice.
  • Appointments for other in-person County Clerk services including notary public renewals and professional registrations (Process Servers, Legal Document Assistants, etc.) may be scheduled may be scheduled online.
  • 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).
  • A list of current CEQA filings and miscellaneous agencies’ notices and agendas may be found on the County Clerk’s website.

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