County Clerk

As a precautionary measure to slow the spread of COVID-19 the Merced County Clerk’s Office will be implementing operational changes. Please click the link below for more information.

Merced County Clerk Public Notice


The County Clerk’s office has many varied responsibilities, which include:

  • Marriages 
    • Issues public and confidential marriage licenses
    • Provide certified copies of confidential marriage licenses
    • Marriage applications are available on our (but must be signed in person) Online Services page.
  • Fictitious Business Names (FBNs) - File Fictitious Business Name Statements forms as required by the California Business and Professions Code
  • Notary Public Registrations 
    • Registers notary public oaths and commissions
    • Accepts notary bonds for filing
    • Maintains records of those filed
    • Certifies the authenticity of a notary


Our office no longer accepts checks as payment except for recording of documents.  Credit and debit card payments can be accepted in our office.  There is a $2.50 fee for the use of credit and debit cards if used by mail $7.50 fee for Credit/Debit.