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 in-person services by appointment ONLY.  Please click the link below to make an appointment or call 831-454-2060. You will be expected to appear in person at 701 Ocean Street, Room 310 at your booked appointment time. Please have all your paperwork and payment ready. Our office does not accept credit cards. The services include:

  • Marriage Licenses - please complete the application posted online: English / Espanol.
  • Marriage Ceremonies - book online.
  • Passports - Applications are online at
  • Fictitious business names. Applications are online.
  • Notary Oath filings 
  • Process Server and Legal Document Assistant registration
  • Other Services

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.