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Marriage License

How to Get Married in Florida?


In order to officially get married in the State of Florida, it is important that you fulfill all of the necessary requirements to attain your marriage license before your wedding day.  

 

A certified officiant, judge or clergy is required to sign your marriage license in the presence of at least two witnesses for your marriage to be official. We encourage couples to practice good time management for any delays you may experience with the processing of your paperwork.

 

Marriage License Application:

As long as you meet the criteria below, you should be granted a marriage license in the county that you apply for. You do not need to live in the county to receive a marriage license there. Remember that marriage licenses are only valid for 90 days.

  1. Couples are required to take a premarital course before applying for their marriage license. This will help the participating parties prepare for marriage, and help avoid the pitfalls of divorce. This course will give the couple a discount on their Florida marriage license and eliminate the customary 3-day waiting period.
     

  2. Once the participating parties are ready to apply for the marriage license, it is important that they make sure that they have proof of identity, age, and residency. Both individuals must be at least 18 years old and show some form of identification (state driver's license, state ID, or passport).

    You may also get a head start by filing for your marriage license electronically on your
    county's Kiosk online. 
     

  3. Both individuals bound by this relationship must be present to receive their marriage license. Plan a date and time that you can both commit to going to the nearest location where marriage licenses are authorized. Search for your county to find one of the locations.

  4. Make sure you present your original "certificate of completion" to your County Clerk before attaining your marriage license this will secure the waiving of your 3-Day waiting period, and grant you your thirty percent (30%) discount off your marriage license. 
     

  5. Do not present to your County Clerk any certified copies of your certificate for this will certainly guarantee delays, all marriage license fees vary according to each county. 

Take a minute to gather any of the following information:
 

The United States Driver's License, Passport, State Provided Identification Card, Residence Card.