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.

Apply for a Marriage License

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

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  On June 30, 2020, Executive Order N-58-20 was extended until the Executive Order is modified or rescinded, or until the State of Emergency is terminated, whichever occurs sooner.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.