How to Search Real Estate Record Documents

Our online index contains information on documents recorded since 1975. Documents recorded prior to 1975 are only available at our office on our lobby kiosks.

We currently do not offer an online purchase option

The Recorder's Office maintains Real Estate documents recorded in Santa Barbara County from 1850 to present. The staff of the recorder's office is not authorized to conduct searches for the public. If you do not have the recorded document information, you may look it up using the Real Estate Records Index on this site or you may come into either our Santa Barbara or Santa Maria office and use our lobby computers where you may view the image.

Once you've accessed the Real Estate Records Index, search by the name of the party(ies): Last name comma space first name, for example: Last, First. The documents are indexed under the name of the property owner. Please leave name type and document title blank for a more inclusive search. Be sure to enter a time frame using the date parameters. If you would like to purchase copies, you will need to list the document number for each document requested.

Visit our copy order page for order forms and fees.

Visit our Available Real Estate Records page for more information about our historical indexes.