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County Government Center
701 Ocean Street, Rm. 310
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Parking is free for the first 1 or 2 hours, depending on where you park. After that, it is 50 cents/hour payable at the machines located in the parking lot. 

For public transit, go to Santa Cruz Metro.

Our office is a safe place where all people are treated
with compassion and respect. Everyone is welcome!

Phone: 831-454-2060
Toll Free:866-282-5900
TDD/TTY-call 711.

For information on the Deaf and Disabled Telecommunication Program go to  
Federal Communications Commission  or  
deaf and disabled telecommunications program

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm 
(8am-4:30pm for Passports)
We are open during the lunch hour. 

Click here for clerk services in Watsonville. 

County Clerk Services during COVID-19

Santa Cruz County continues to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, and has implemented actions to help minimize the potential impact of the virus on our employees, customers and operations. Click on the Coronavirus Information button above for details.

The County Clerk’s office will provide services by appointment ONLY.  Please contact 831-454-2060 to book an appointment. If no one answers the phone, leave your name and phone number and someone will call you back. The services include:
•    Marriage Licenses - please complete the applicaton posted online: English / Espanol.
•    Marriage Ceremonies - can be booked online. If the date you want is not available, call us at 831-454-2060.
•    Passports - regular processing only 
•    Notary Oath filings 
•    Process Server, Legal Document Assistant, Unlawful Detainer Assistant

For more information about passports or to renew a passport, visit the US Department of State's website. 

Fictitious Business Name filings may be filed by mail. Click here for the application and process. You may also make an appointment for a FBN if you need it quickly.

We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone exhibiting signs of illness. We encourage customers to wear a mask, bring their own pens and wash their hands before and after visiting our office. Most of our staff are working remotely, but those who are here are following public health guidelines of wearing a mask, washing our hands often, cleaning work surfaces frequently, covering our coughs and sneezes, maintaining social distances, and staying home if we are sick. 

Please contact us if you have any questions. For more information on COVID-19, call 211, text "covid19" to 211211 or visit County Health's website. Thank you.  

Welcome to the Santa Cruz County Clerk's Website

Welcome! It is an honor to serve as your elected County Clerk. Visit our Clerk Services Division when you need a marriage license, fictitious business name, passport, notary oath, or appointment as a deputy commissioner of marriage for a day, as well as various other services for unlawful detainer assistants, legal document assistants, process servers and professional photocopiers. We also offer wedding ceremony services daily. For our south county residents, we provide Clerk Services at the Watsonville City Clerk’s Office, located in the Watsonville Civic Plaza, one Wednesday a month. For our busy travelers, especially those with families, we open for Saturday passport hours fives times a year.

We are here to assist you and answer your questions. Our goal is ensure that you have a positive experience with our office. It is a pleasure to be a part of your life and to serve the people of Santa Cruz County.