Wedding Information


Courthouse Tower Courthouse Gardens

How do I get a marriage license? An application is filled out prior to the couple 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 website.

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 website.

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. 

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 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


If you plan to be married on a week day don't call a judge. They are busy in court. You may make an appointment in person at the Santa Barbara County Clerk-Recorder's Office, or by mailing/faxing the form from the website at


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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