Marriage Ceremony Information

Due to COVID-19, we are only offering a Marriage License AND Marriage Ceremony Package through video conferencing on the web until the projected state-wide re-opening on 6/15/2021, when California expects to further lift COVID restrictions.  An appointment is required.

In-person appointments are projected to be available at our Santa Barbara or Santa Maria office through reservation only.  Please contact Clk-RecHelpDesk@co.santa-barbara.ca.us if you have an emergency or require special accommodations.

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

Assuming the Stay-At-Home Order is lifted, Clerk-Recorder expects to resume in person ceremonies on June 15, 2021. We will be enforcing COVID safety protocols and guest attendance will be limited to accommodate the orders.  Please select a location for more details and restrictions. 

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

Marriage Appointment Request – ZOOM Web Service (Marriage License AND Ceremony Package 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.

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. 

Zoom Web Services Appointments: ZOOM links will be sent ONE week (7 days) prior to the appointment