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

We do not have any in-person appointments available at our Santa Barbara or Santa Maria office. See information on our Web Service 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  On June 30, 2020, Executive Order N-58-20 was extended until the Executive Order is modified or rescinded, or until the State of Emergency is terminated, whichever occurs sooner.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.

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.  

IMPORTANT: Both parties to the marriage must be in California AND at the same physical location at the time of the appointment. 

For more information, you may contact our office at 805-568-2250.  

Reserve Your Appointment

We do not have any in-person appointments available. 

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. 

Your request will not be processed until payment is received. Please allow 4-5 business days for processing.

Three (3) Ways to pay the $23.00 reservation fee:

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