We do NOT provide the following services:
Apply for a Marriage License
Marriage licenses are issued in-person (no appointment required) on a first-come, first-served basis. Please expect longer wait times. Arrive no later than 4:00 p.m. when conducting your business; same day service is not guaranteed.
Mask Policy: Masks are required indoors, regardless of vaccination status (whether vaccinated or unvaccinated) as of 8/6/2021
NOTE: You must have a wedding ceremony in order to be legally married
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.
Please be sure to complete the online application before visiting our office. After submitting the application, you must appear together at either
one of our offices to purchase the license. Requests submitted online will stay active for 7 days. Be prepared to show government issued photo ID. Please contact Clk-RecHelpDesk@co.santa-barbara.ca.us if you have an emergency or require special accommodations.
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.
Clerk-Recorder is offering "express" wedding packages at our Santa Barbara office (1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara) with no appointment necessary. This service is provided on a walk-in basis and depends on staff availability. The package includes the issuance of a marriage license, wedding ceremony, and recording of the marriage license without delay. Certified copies of the marriage record would be available for purchase immediately. The guest count is limited to the couple and ONE witness only.
For more marriage information select from the list below
- Marriage License Requirements
- Name Change Information
- Marriage Ceremony Information
- Deputy Marriage Commissioner for a Day
- Copy of a Marriage Record
- Marriage Fees
- Divorce Records
- Frequently Asked Questions about Marriages
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.
The Clerk-Recorder may provide this service as an accommodation for couples on a limited basis, pending management review of circumstances. Please email Clk-RecHelpDesk@co.santa-barbara.ca.us or call 805-568-2251 to request an video conferencing appointment.
Parties will still be required to show valid Government ID and comply with all regulations set out in EXECUTIVE ORDER N-58-20.
IMPORTANT: Both parties to the marriage must be in California AND at the same physical location at the time of the appointment.