A Marriage License MUST be applied for BEFORE you get married. The couple must apply TOGETHER in person, although you can save time by filling out the License info online ahead of time if you are marrying in Santa Barbara County (click on link at the bottom of this page). You can apply in any county in California, yet your Marriage Certificate will state the city you were married in, i.e. Santa Barbara. It usually takes about 30 minutes to issue a Marriage License in Santa Barbara, but you may have to wait longer if there are other couples ahead of you. Arrive at the office in plenty of time to complete the paperwork prior to the office closing at 4:30 p.m.

Both applicants must be present, over 18, but need not be U.S. residents. A valid government-issued picture identification is required (driver’s license, passport, etc). Licenses are good for 90 days from the time of purchase. No blood test is required. DO Not change any information on the Marriage License, cross out info, use white out, etc., as it will not be accepted, and payment for and issuance of a duplicate Marriage License will be necessary.

Regular (Public) License - $100 in Santa Barbara. The Regular Marriage License is effective the day it is issued and may be used in your ceremony anywhere in the State of California within 90 days of the issue date. The couple must apply together with valid government-issued photo id. The marriage record is made available to the public. One witness is required.

Confidential License - $111 in Santa Barbara - and MUST be used in the county in which it is issued. To apply for a Confidential Marriage License you must be currently residing together as spouses. You will need to bring in proof of this in the form of your valid driver’s licenses showing the same address or a bill addressed to both of you at the same address. No witnesses are required.

PREVIOUSLY DIVORCED: If either party was married before, the couple will need to know the date the previous marriage ended. If either party was divorced within the last 90 days, bring a certified copy of the final dissolution judgment.

MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE: Once the wedding ceremony is performed and the witness or witnesses (one is required) have signed the Marriage License, your Santa Barbara Classic Weddings Officiant will complete the form and return it to the County Clerk /Recorder's office it was issued from. One of you may then return to that office in 2-3 weeks to pick up your legal Marriage Certificate, unless you wish to apply for it by mail (please be advised about this by the County Clerk at the time you apply for your Marriage License).

After the marriage ceremony is performed by your Santa Barbara Classic Weddings wedding officiant, the Public Marriage License or the Confidential License will be returned and filed with the County Clerk/Recorder in the same county where it was issued.

If you do intend to apply for your Marriage License in Santa Barbara, you can save time by clicking on the link below and filling out the application online. The Santa Barbara County Clerk will have it on file when you arrive at that office.