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Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020 our offices will be closed to the public due to COVID-19
Our Santa Barbara Hall of Records will re-open for in-person services with adjusted hours Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. starting 5/3/2021. Our Santa Maria branch office will re-open to adjusted hours Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. starting 5/10/2021. Office hours are excluding holidays. Full services will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, with modified operations due to accommodations for COVID-19 safety practices. Customers are asked to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines. We continue to encourage customers to use online, drop box, mailed or faxed requests to reduce the in person traffic during COVID-19. Service Update as of 4/21/2021
All renewals will be processed as new filings. It is the responsibility of the business owner to determine whether publication will be required (B&P Code 17917). A Fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it is filed in the County Clerk-Recorder's Office. You may renew your Fictitious Business Name in person at any of our offices, electronically, or by mail.
Any changes to the way that the business is being conducted such as the physical address of business or registrant, business name, or registrant names will require publishing in the newspaper.
Please complete a Fictitious Business Name Statement on our lobby kiosks, before waiting in line, or from home using the below link. For mailed-in statements, review the fee schedule below for the return mail fee options.
For more information on filing electronically, review the How to File section on our General Filling Information page
Fees and Return options
|Order Type||Fee Type||Fee|
|Renewal Filing Fee||1 business name and 1 registrant||$47.00|
|Additional Business Name||Additional fee per each additional business name||$5.00|
|Additional Registrant||Additional fee per each additional registrant||$5.00|
If you are requesting the document through the mail you must also choose a return method:
|Return Method||Fee Type||Fee|
|First Class Mail Handling Fee||Per Order||$2.00|
|Returned USPS Express Mail||Per Order||$23.50|
We do not accept USPS first class stamped, self-addressed envelopes as a return option.
We accept the following payment methods:
Check / Money Order: Please make payable to "Santa Barbara County Clerk-Recorder"
Money Order: Please ensure that all information on the Money Order is completed.
Credit Card: Visa, MasterCard, Discover (American Express NOT accepted). For applications sent electronically or by mail please authorize a credit card though the online application.
We also accept cash in person. Please Do Not send cash through the mail.