A marriage license MUST be purchased BEFORE you get married. The couple must apply together at any time. If either applicant has been divorced or has terminated a state registered domestic partnership within the last ninety (90) days, a certified copy of the final dissolution of marriage or termination of domestic partnership is required. 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. Applicants are not required to be U.S. citizens or residents of the State of California or of Santa Barbara County. Current government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport, is required.


Once you enter the office, direct yourselves to the marriage license application kiosks to input your information; once you submit the information, complete the process at one of the counter windows. The license will be issued in approximately thirty (30) minutes. Once the license is issued to the couple they may use it immediately; there is no waiting period. A marriage license may be used anywhere in the state of California within a period of ninety (90) days from the date of issuance. The fee for a marriage license is:

• Regular/Public marriage license ($100.00)
• Confidential/Non-Public marriage license ($111.00)