Apply for a Marriage License

Due to COVID-19, we are issuing marriage licenses by appointment only, during normal business hours Monday – Friday. 

Reserve Your Appointment

We have very limited appointments available in our Santa Barbara office for the month of July and no Friday appointments available until September. If you are in need of a marriage license only appointment, we can accommodate you at our Santa Maria office.

Please use the Marriage Appointment Request to book your appointment.  Appointments are first-come, first-served and not guaranteed until you receive a confirmation email.  We will contact you with alternative scheduling options if your requested appointment date and time are unavailable.  Please note: we do not  make reservations over the phone or check availability. 

There is a non-refundable fee of $23.  Three (3) Ways to pay the reservation fee:

  1. Online: Authorize a credit card.  Your card will be charged with the request is processed. 
  2. Mail a check or money order to PO Box 159, Santa Barbara CA 93102 
  3. At office: cash, check, or money order in drop box. 

Web Services - Marriage License AND Marriage Ceremony Package 

On 4/30/2020, Governor Newsom announced that he will allow marriage license issuance and marriage ceremonies, at the discretion of the county clerk, through video conference.  Click Here to view EXECUTIVE ORDER N-58-20.  On June 30, 2020, Executive Order N-58-20 was extended until the Executive Order is modified or rescinded, or until the State of Emergency is terminated, whichever occurs sooner.  Click Here to view EXECUTIVE ORDER N-71-20.

Currently, the County of Santa Barbara Clerk-Recorder will continue to offer this service as a package for couples that want to obtain a marriage license AND have a marriage ceremony performed by our office, without having to come to the office.  As an added convenience, the license will be recorded without delay, after the ceremony is performed, and copies may be purchased immediately after the recording, provided a  completed, signed and acknowledged (notarized) Marriage Certificate Copy Order Application and proper payment is received by our office. Copies will be mailed.  When completing a Marriage Appointment Request on our website, select the option "Zoom – Web License & Ceremony Appointment".  Parties will still be required to show valid Government ID and comply with all regulations set out in EXECUTIVE ORDER N-58-20.  For more information, you may contact our office at 805-568-2250.  

Congratulations on your engagement!

We are happy to assist you through the marriage license process.

Marriage licenses are issued by the County Clerk-Recorder's Office and must be purchased before your wedding ceremony. You may submit the application online or in person. After submitting the application, you must appear together at either one of our offices to purchase the license.

Please review the Marriage License Requirements and Name Change Information before submitting an application. Please note, the time at which you purchase your license will be your only opportunity to change your middle and/or last names through the marriage license process.

You do not need an appointment to purchase the license, and processing time is typically 20-30 minutes. Please be sure to arrive no later than 4:00pm. Please do not wait until the Friday afternoon of your weekend ceremony to obtain the license. Please consider obtaining your marriage license 30 days prior to your planned ceremony.

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