Apply for a Marriage License
Marriage licenses are issued in person (no appointment required) on a first-come, first-served basis.
Marriage License Requirements
View the requirements for obtaining a marriage license.
Marriage Ceremony Information
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.
Deputy Marriage Commissioner for a Day
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.
View fees and important information about marriage licenses.
Name Change Information
The Name Equality Act of 2007 allows you to change your middle and/or last names through the marriage license process. You may only change your name through this process at the time the license is issued.
Copy of a Marriage Record
Our office has marriage records from the current year back to 1850. Our records only include marriages where the license was issued in Santa Barbara County.
The Clerk-Recorder does not have copies of Divorce Records. Divorce records for divorces finalized in Santa Barbara County can be requested from Superior Court.