Joseph E. Holland

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Clerk, Recorder, Assessor and Registrar of Voters



Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020 our offices are closed to the public due to COVID-19

We will continue to provide services by phone, email, U.S. mail, and on-line. Click one of the following links for details: Clerk-Recorder, Assessor, Elections.

Welcome to the County of Santa Barbara Clerk-Recorder, Assessor and Elections Department (CARE)

Our mission is to help you at significant times throughout your life - from birth to death - when you purchase a new home, open a business, or want to get married in a civil ceremony - just to name a few.



Document Recording (Deeds, Foreclosures, Deeds of Trust, Liens), Real Property Records, Birth Certificate Copies, Death Certificate Copies, Marriage Certificate Copies, Fictitious Business Name Filings, Civil Marriage Ceremonies, Marriage License Applications, Domestic Partnership Filings and Notary Bond Filings.

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Property Ownership and Assessments, Change in Ownership Information, Business Property Information, Boats, Planes and Possessory Interest Values, Leased Equipment, Exemptions, Maps and Property Boundaries, Property Characteristics and Supplemental Assessments.

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To ensure that the voters of Santa Barbara County have the tools they need, the equipment they trust, the information and access they deserve, and the right they value in order to participate in the Elections process.

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News and Announcements

Select a division below for office hours, locations and more contact information :

Clerk-Recorder's Office
(805) 568-2250
Assessor's Office
(805) 568-2550
Elections Office
(805) 568-2200