Florida Marriage License Information
Marriage Licenses must be obtained in Florida to be legally married in Florida. A Notary or Ordained Minister Must perfrom the ceremony. Licenses can be obtained at any courthouse in Florida and you can get married anywhere in the state of Florida. There is No Waiting Period and No blood test for out of state couples. Florida Residents have a 3 day waiting period. Your marriage by the Florida Notary or Ordained Minister is legal worldwide.
What You Will Need
- Bride and Groom must be 18 years of age, and both be present.
- Photo Identification, such as a driver's license, is required.
- No blood test is required
- For Non-Florida residents: there is NO waiting period.
- For Florida residents: Either a 3-Day wait period or a 4-Hour counseling session is required.
- If either party has been divorced in the last 6 months, a copy of the divorce decree is required.
- The marriage license remains valid for 60 days after date of issue.
For information on getting your marriage license by mail please Call Sherry Matthews 352-472-7220 9 am - 5 pm only please.
If you've just set a date for your wedding, this can be an exciting time for the two of you! Don't let the marriage license laws of Florida put a dent in your wedding plans.
Here's what you need to know and what documents to bring with you before you apply for a Florida marriage license. We recommend getting this legal aspect of your wedding out of the way about a month before your wedding date.
Congratulations and much happiness as you begin your lifetime journey together!
Requirements may vary as each county in Florida could have their own requirements.
You do not have to be a resident of Florida.
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.
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Waiting Period: There is no waiting period for Florida residents 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: $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.
Common Law Marriages: No.
Same Sex Marriages: No.
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 verfied 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.
Any ordained or licensed clergy, notary publics, and justices of the peace.
To Obtain A Duplicate Copy of Certificate of Marriage:
Department of Children and Families
Division of Vital Statistics
P. O. Box 210
Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042