Frequently Ask Questions:
Where do I get my Marriage License?
What is needed to get a marriage license?
Both parties must provide proof of the following: Age: both parties must be at least 18 years of age. Identification: in the form of a valid driver's license, state ID, military ID or passport. U.S. citizens must provide their Social Security Number. Non-citizens may provide a Social Security Number or an Alien Registration Number issued by the Immigration and Naturalization Service. An application form must be completed. If either party has been previously married, you must note on the application how and when the marriage ended. The nonrefundable fee for the marriage license is ranges between $85 to $125 depending on the county and or additional service charges. This fee is reduced to $61.00 for Florida residents who have completed a
What methods of payment may I use?
The following methods of payment are acceptable : Cash Money order Traveler's check Personal Check (Name and current address must be imprinted on check and you must present a photo ID).
Do both parties have to be present at the Clerk's Office to apply for a license?
Yes. Both parties must sign the application form and take an oath to the truthfulness of the information provided.
Is a blood test required?
No. Blood tests are no longer required in Florida.
Is there a waiting period for the issuance of a license?
There is a 3 day waiting period. Please note: There is no waiting period for NON-RESIDENTS. No waiting period for Florida residents who have Taken a Premarital Course by registered course provider. Must provide a letter of completion and statement attesting they have taken a premarital preparation course and read the Family Law Handbook outlining the rights and responsibilities of parties to a marriage.
How long is the marriage license valid?
Florida marriage licenses are valid for 60 days from the effective date. The marriage ceremony must be performed between the effective date and the expiration date on the license.
Must I apply for a marriage license in the county where I live?
No. A marriage license may be applied for in any Florida county.
May a marriage be solemnized without a license?
No, Florida Statute 741.08 states that the party solemnizing the marriage shall require a properly issued license before performing the ceremony and within 10 days after the ceremony, he shall make a certificate thereof of the license, and shall transmit the same to the office of the county judge or clerk of the circuit court from which it issued.
Can people obtain a license to marry partners of their own gender?
No. Florida Statute 741.04 specifies that must be male and the other female.
Can a person marry someone to whom they are related?
Florida law prohibits a person marrying anyone to whom they are related by lineal consanguinity. The nearest degree of relations who may legally marry in the state of Florida is first cousins.
Do one or both of the applicants have to be U.S. citizens?
No. There is no citizenship or resident requirement.
Under what circumstances may a license be issued to persons 16 or 17 years of age?
Circumstances are as follows : Written consent of both parents or legal guardian. Parents are deceased. Minor has been previously married. The age requirement can be waived by a county judge for applicants who can prove they are parents or expectant parents.
Can an individual who is younger than 16 get a marriage license?
No. With or without parental permission, a marriage license to anyone under age 16 can only be issued by a county judge.