Deputy Marriage Commissioner Information

The Santa Barbara County Clerk-Recorder may appoint individuals as Deputy Civil Marriage Commissioners in order to marry a specific couple on an appointed day. This means that your friend or family member may be appointed as a Deputy Civil Marriage Commissioner for a Day to perform your wedding ceremony!

Deputy Civil Marriage Commissioner for a Day Requirements:

  1. Must be at least 18 years old
  2. Must appear in person to be sworn in and receive a short instruction and paperwork
  3. Must show valid, government issued photo ID
  4. You may apply for your commission up to ninety (90) days before the ceremony is performed.

The fee for a deputy marriage commissioner appointment is $51.00.

Please complete the online application below prior to visiting our office to complete the process.  You must appear in person at one of our offices to complete the process.  Visit the Contact Us page to view adjusted hours and office locations. 

Note for Ordained Officiants

If you are currently an 'ordained officiant' (minister, priest, etc.), there is no need to complete an application for appointment as a Deputy Marriage Commissioner of Civil Marriages for a Day; you are already 'ordained' and eligible to solemnize/marry/conduct a wedding ceremony in the State of California. Online ordinations are acceptable provided you meet the requirements defined in Family Code Section 400 .