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Waivers, Extensions, Record Replacement and Tax Assistance

Special Fee Waivers & Filing Extensions, Record Replacement Assistance and Tax Assistance

Special Fee Waivers and Filing Extensions

As a result of a disaster, the Governor may issue an Executive Order that allows special fee waivers and filing extensions for replacing important government records (i.e., birth and death certificates, identification cards, etc.). For fee waiver and filing extension information related to a specific disaster, contact the following state departments:

Record Replacement Assistance

California Department of Motor Vehicles:

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) can respond to questions and provide the forms needed to assist individuals in replacing DMV documents, such as driver licenses, identification cards, vehicle cards certificates and certificates of title, that were lost as a result of the disaster. Contact DMV at (800) 777-0133 [TTY: (800) 735-2929 or (800) 368-4327 for hearing or speech impaired], or visit the DMV website at http://www.dmv.ca.gov.

Vital Records:

Santa Barbara County and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is working with those who have lost vital records as a result of the disaster. Birth, death and marriage records should be requested from the county recorder’s office in the county where the event occurred – See Below.


Santa Barbara County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor’s Office:

To retrieve copies of official records and vital records (birth, death and marriage certificates), go to http://sbcassessor.com/ClerkRecorder/ClerkRecorder.aspx .


Tax Assistance

California Department of Tax and Fee Administration: 
Emergency tax or fee relief is available from the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (formerly the State Board of Equalization (BOE) for business owners or fee payers directly affected by disasters. Relief may include the extension of tax return due dates, relief of penalty and interest, or replacement copies of records lost due to disasters. For questions or assistance regarding sales and use tax, or special taxes and fees, contact the CDTFA at (800) 400-7115 (TTY: 1-800-735-2929) or visit the CDTFA website at www.cdtfa.ca.gov.

California Employment Development Department – Assistance for Employers: 
California employers directly impacted by a state of emergency may request up to a 60-day extension to file their state payroll reports and to deposit state payroll taxes with the California Employment Development Department (EDD) without penalty or interest. For further information, visit EDD’s Emergency and Disaster Assistance for Employers at http://www.edd.ca.gov/payroll_taxes/emergency_and_disaster_assistance_for_employers.htm , or call the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center at (888) 745-3886; TTY 1-800-547-9565.

Franchise Tax Board: 
The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) provides guidance in obtaining tax relief for disaster casualty losses. Contact FTB at (800) 852-5711 (TTY/TDD for hearing or speech impaired, (800) 822-6268) or visit the FTB website at www.ftb.ca.gov and search keyword “disaster losses.”

Internal Revenue Service: 
For information on Disaster Assistance and Emergency Relief for Individuals and Businesses, visit the IRS website at www.IRS.gov, search keyword “Disaster” (Disaster Assistance) or contact the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at 1-800-829-1040, (TTY: 1-800-829-4059). 

Santa Barbara County Application for Reassessment of Property Damage: The Board of Supervisors enacted Ordinance 4697 providing property tax relief for owners who have suffered property damage due to major disaster or individual misfortune. Property owners may apply for a reassessment under this ordinance for any damage or destruction not the fault of the property owner. The written application may be filed within 12 months of the misfortune or calamity.

To qualify for reassessment, you must meet the eligibility requirements on the reverse side of this form . [For Reference: form URL is: https://www.sbcassessor.com/Assessor/AssessorPdf/Sec170_Application_Form.pdf] For information or assistance, you may contact or visit either office:

  • Santa Barbara Office: 105 E. Anapamu St., Room 204, (805) 568-2550
  • Santa Maria Office: 511 E. Lakeside, (805) 346-8310

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During an emergency when the power is out and when critical and timely information must get out to the general public, the County Office of Emergency Management will utilize satellite equipment to regularly communicate with designated County radio stations that have generators and can continue to broadcast. Visit this link for a list of stations to check if you lose power and cannot access the Internet.

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105 E. Anapamu St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone: 211