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Deputy Commissioner for a Day Program

The Registrar/Recorder-County Clerk has a program that allows individuals to be deputized for a day to perform a wedding ceremony.

How to Apply

Complete the Deputy Commissioner for a Day Application or send in a letter detailing:

  • the full name of the person to be deputized
  • the telephone number and address to contact that person
  • the name of the parties to be married
  • the date of the ceremony
  • the location of the ceremony
  • preferred appointment date to be deputized

The letter or application must be mailed to the address below with a check or money order for $75, made payable to Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RR/CC), two months prior to the ceremony.

Note: Effective May 1, 2019, we will no longer accept temporary checks or foreign checks (with the exception of Canada and Mexico) for any Recorder/County Clerk services. If a temporary or foreign check is received, the request will be rejected and sent back to the submitter requesting a new method of payment.

Applications submitted less than one month prior to the ceremony date must include a $13 expediting fee.

Mail the application or letter to:

Deputy Commissioner For A Day

Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk

P.O. Box 389

Norwalk, CA 90651-0389

What Happens After Approval

Once the request and fee are received and processed, you will be contacted to schedule an appointment to be deputized. Individuals are deputized on Thursdays, at 10:45 a.m. by appointment ONLY. No appointments will be scheduled until the application and fee have been processed.

For emergency situations, if an applicant is unable to attend the class on a Thursday, a Special Accommodation may be made depending on staff availability. The fee for a Special Accommodating is $13.

What to Expect When You Are Being Deputized

In order to be deputized, you must appear in-person at our headquarters facility located in Norwalk. It takes approximately one hour to complete the process. Due to limited space we request that you do not bring guests.

The fee is non-refundable. In the event the officiant does not get deputized, the payment can be applied to another deputy appointment within the same calendar year.

Please complete the application below

Deputy Commissioner for a Day Application

For Frequently Asked Questions click here.

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