We do NOT provide the following services:
Marriage Ceremony Information
The following is required for all marriage ceremonies taking place within the State of California:
- Obtain a valid marriage license from a County Clerk's Office
- 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
- 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 Friday only. Ceremonies may be performed in English or Spanish and are by appointment. Due to COVID-19 marriage ceremony attendance is limited to the couple and one witness.
Select an office below for more information.
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 On June 30, 2020, Executive Order N-58-20 was extended until the Executive Order is modified or rescinded, or until the State of Emergency is terminated, whichever occurs sooner.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.
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.
We perform ceremonies during normal business hours, Monday – Friday. To make an appointment, please click on the link below, there is a non-refundable fee of $23. 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.
When scheduling your appointment, please choose one of the following options:
- 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
- Option 2: License and Ceremony - 60 minute appointment
You will purchase your marriage license during your appointment
Three (3) Ways to pay the $23.00 reservation fee: