How to Get a Marriage License in Florida

No Waiting Period If You Complete a Marriage Prep Course

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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.

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:

Approximately $93.50. Many locales do accept credit cards now, but be sure to check with the local county clerk to make sure.

Couples who have completed a state-sanctioned marriage preparation course within the past 12 months are entitled to a discount.

Other Tests:

None.

Proxy Marriages:

No.

Cousin Marriages:

Yes.

Common Law Marriages:

No.

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.

Miscellaneous:

License is valid for 60 days.

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

Department of Children and Families
Division of Vital Statistics
P. O. Box 210
Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042
904-359-6955