Obtain a Marriage License from the Santa Barbara Courthouse

Obtaining a Marriage License in Santa Barbara

(note: all information on this page drawn from the County Clerk’s online application form)

Marriage Licenses Santa Barbara Courthouse Steve Urzua
Steve Urzua, Ceremony Officiant

You can start the process of obtaining a marriage license by applying online (see below); all licenses must be completed in person at the County Clerk’s Office. Using the County Clerk’s Online Marriage License Application reduces your processing time at the counter.

Click here to apply online for a marriage license.

When you have completed the on-line portion please go to the County Clerk’s Office with valid, government-issued, photo ID to complete the marriage license process.

For information on the location of County Clerk branch offices click here.

Minors less than 18 years of age cannot apply online and must apply IN PERSON at the County Clerk’s office.

Some pertinent facts:

  • When you sign your license, you are stating under penalty of perjury that you are unmarried, that the information you have provided is true and correct and that there is no legal objection to the marriage.
  • Effective October 27, 2008, marriage applicants may identify themselves as Groom, Bride or neither as each party wishes. The parties to marriage will be required to inform the County Clerk at the time they apply for their marriage license whether they would like to be identified as Groom, Bride, or neither.
  • You may be married anywhere in California in the presence of at least one witness, and your marriage must be solemnized by a person authorized to perform marriages in California as provided for in Family Code Sections 400-401.
  • Marriage licenses are valid for 90 days from the date of issuance. You must be married on or after the issuance date, and on or before the expiration date of the license. Licenses not used within this timeframe are void.
  • No refunds are given for marriage licenses purchased in error.
  • The cost of this application for a public marriage license is payable to County of Santa Barbara Clerk-Recorder by cash, credit card or check.