How to Get a Marriage License in Florida

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Getting married in Florida? Here's what you need to know and what documents to bring with you before you apply for a Florida marriage license. Marriage licenses are issued by County Clerks in the District Courts. You can access the interactive FloridaCourts.org site to locate your local District Court here.

Residency Requirement

You do not have to be a resident of Florida.

ID Requirement

Florida requires that you have picture ID such as a driver's license and your social security card or a valid passport number or I-94 card. You may be asked for a certified copy of your birth certificate.

Previous Marriages

If you have been previously married, the date of your divorce or date of your spouse's death must be supplied. If the divorce or spouse's death occurred within the past 30 days, a certified copy of the divorce decree or death certificate is required.

Waiting Period

There is no waiting period for Florida residents who have both completed a state-sanctioned marriage preparation course within the last 12 months. There is a three-day waiting period for Florida residents who have not taken the course.

Fees

Each county has a different setup. In Key West (Monroe County), Orlando (Orange County) and Miami (Miami-Dade County) the fees are the same. The cost of a marriage license is $86, but if the couple are both Florida residents and they have a completed certificate of premarital counseling, the cost of the license would be $61. Check with your local County Clerk for more information.

Other Tests

None.

Proxy Marriages

No. Proxy marriages are not allowed.

Cousin Marriages

Yes, cousin marriages are allowed.

Common-Law Marriages

No, common-law marriages are not allowed in the state of Florida.

Same-Sex Marriages

Yes. In January 2015 a temporary ban on same-sex marriage was lifted by a state judge.

Under 18

If an individual is under 18 years of age, but older than 16 years of age, a marriage license can be obtained with parental consent. If a parent has sole custody or the other parent is dead, the permission of one parent is sufficient. If a person is under the age of 16, the marriage license has to be issued by a county judge, with or without parental permission. If a minor's parents are both deceased and there is not an appointed guardian, he/she may apply for a marriage license. A minor who has been previously married may also apply for a license. A minor who swears that they have a child or are expecting a baby can apply for a license if the pregnancy has been verified by a written statement from a licensed physician. A county court judge may at his/her discretion issue or not issue a license for them to marry.

Officiants

Any ordained or licensed clergy, notary publics, and justices of the peace can officiate your wedding.

Miscellaneous

License is valid for 60 days.

Copy of Certificate of Marriage

Department of Children and Families
Division of Vital Statistics
900 University Blvd North
Jacksonville, FL 32211
904-359-6900