How do I get a marriage license? An
application is filled out prior to the Bride and Groom appearing in
person to the Clerk-Recorder's Office. Both parties must be
present with a government issued photo I.D. Details and
application are provided on the
Clerk-Recorder web site.
Is there a justice of the peace? No, but you
may have a civil ceremony performed by a Santa Barbara County
Clerk. Details are provided on the
Clerk-Recorder web site.
Can I get a marriage license on the day of the
wedding? Marriage Licenses may be obtained the day of
the wedding but shall be issued prior to the marriage ceremony
taking place. However, marriage licenses are only issued
Monday - Friday at the Clerk-Recorder Office. Marriage licenses are
valid for 90 days.
Is a marriage license good from other places?
You must obtain a marriage license in the state in which you are
getting married in. However, if you choose a
confidential marriage license, you must purchase your
marriage license within the County in which you are getting married
Can I have a friend or relative
officiate? Yes. A person may be appointed
"Deputy Marriage Commissioner for a Day" by the County Clerk.
Please download the application at www.sbcrecorder.com/ClerkRecorder/ClerkRecorderForms.aspx and
take the completed application and appropriate fees to the Hall of
Records in the County Courthouse.
Where is the Courthouse? The official
address is 1100 Anacapa Street. The building and gardens cover a
full block between Anacapa St., Santa Barbara St., Anapamu St. and
Figueroa St. The Clerk-Recorder's office is on the
north-west corner at Anacapa and Anapamu.
Where do I park for the Courthouse? Directly
across the street from the Anacapa St. entrance is a four level
parking garage - 75 minutes free and a dollar and a half ($1.50) an
hour after that
PEOPLE WHO PERFORM MARRIAGES
If you plan to be married on a week day don’t call a judge. They are busy in court. You may call the Santa Barbara County Clerk Recorder marriage appointment phone line at 805-568-2510. You may also make an online appointment by going to the website at www.sbcrecorder.com and you can now also apply for the marriage license at the website.
A list of local marriage officiants is available in the Marriage Officiant Binder which is kept in the public lobby of the Hall of Records.
COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA RENTAL FACILITIES
Historical Landmark and breathtaking scenery makes the Santa Barbara County Courthouse an ideal destination to celebrate private and public parties. The County’s Lompoc Veteran’s Memorial Building is an excellent location to celebrate your next special event including weddings, anniversary, and class reunions. The Santa Barbara Courthouse and Lompoc Veteran’s Memorial Building are available to rent for private or public events. Both locations offer spectacular architecture and views for your unforgettable special event. These locations are available for reservations. We invite you to explore these locations for your next special event. See the County of Santa Barbara Rental Facilities page for additional information.
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