Marriage Ceremony Information

The following is required for all marriage ceremonies taking place within the State of California:

  1. Obtain a valid marriage license from a County Clerk's Office
  2. Have wedding ceremony within the State of California within 90 days of purchasing the license, performed by an authorized officiant such as a priest, rabbi, minister, judge, or civil marriage commissioner
  3. After the ceremony, the license must be returned to the county where it was issued to be recorded

Civil Marriage Ceremonies Performed by the County Clerk-Recorder's Office

The Santa Barbara County Clerk-Recorder's Office has Deputy Marriage Commissioners available to perform civil wedding ceremonies during regular business hours, Monday through Thursday (and Fridays in Santa Barbara), excluding holidays. Ceremonies may be performed in English or Spanish and are by appointment only

Mask Policy: For those entering County facilities who are fully vaccinated, facial coverings are optional.  However, for those not fully vaccinated, facial coverings are required 

For more information about the rules for each location (including guest limits) select a location below: 

Santa Barbara Ceremonies

Santa Maria Ceremonies 

Reserve Your Appointment

Please note: we do not make reservations over the phone or check availability. Click the Marriage Appointment Request link  below to see a calendar of current availability.

Appointments are available during normal business hours Monday through Friday only, excluding  holidays.  Appointments may be booked up to 90 days in advance.

There is a non-refundable fee of $23.  

When scheduling your appointment, please choose one of the following options: 

  1. Option 1: Ceremony Only - 30 minute appointment
    You must purchase your license ahead of time from Santa Barbara County or your local California County Clerk's Office. You must bring your license with you to your appointment
  2.  Option 2: License and Ceremony - 60 minute appointment
    You will purchase your marriage license during your appointment 

Click the Marriage Appointment Request link(s) below to open calendar showing current availability.  Select a date and time for your appointment and follow the steps to complete the online reservation form and authorize a credit card payment. The online reservation must be completed and fee must be paid within 24 hours.  After selecting a date, you will receive an email from Calendly; however, if the reservation process is not completed and paid within 24 hours, the appointment will be canceled. 

Couples may only book one appointment on the calendar. If we see multiple appointments for the same couple, all appointments will be canceled. We are unable to meet the current demand and customers should expect higher than usual wait times for appointments.  If you need to change your appointment, please use the reschedule feature provided at the bottom of your confirmation email from Calendly and do not submit a new appointment request. 

Marriage Appointment Request - Santa Barbara

Marriage Appointment Request - Santa Maria

Express Weddings

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 performed by a clerk at the counter, 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. 

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.