Florida Marriage License preparation

The following is meant to provide general information about obtaining a Florida marriage license. You should visit the Clerk of the Court's website in the Florida county in which you are planning to obtain a marriage license to confirm their marriage license requirements. Some of the counties here on the website have links to more information and some have links to the marriage license application or worksheet to do in advance.

• In Florida you have the option of waiting 3 days to obtain your license or you can use the Premarital Course by a provider of premarital courses that is registered and approved in the county you are seeking the license. By presenting the premarital course certificate you do NOT have to wait the 3 days. You can get married the same day. The course certificate is good for one year. The license costs $86.00, but if you complete the premarital course, your fee will be $61.00. When you take the premarital course, you are issued a premarital certificate which you take with you when you obtain your marriage license.

• You may obtain your Florida marriage license in one county and use it to get married in a different county anywhere in Florida.

• Both bride and groom must be present to obtain the marriage license.

• A ceremony must take place within 60 days of the date that the marriage license is issued. Once you have your marriage license, you can get married in ANY county in Florida the same day.

• If either person has been married previously, you must provide the EXACT date of divorce, death or annulment that ended the marriage.

• You must provide identification that has the applicants picture, signature and date of birth (driver's license, passport, military ID, State of Florida ID, and alien registration card are acceptable.) If you are a citizen of the United States, you must also provide your Social Security number. If you are NOT a U.S. citizen, you may use your Passport, Alien Registration Card, Driver's License or other legal identification form if you do not have a Social Security number.

• If you are 16 or 17 years of age, you must also provide your birth certificate and parental consent (check with your Clerk's office for any additional requirements).

• You are NOT required to have blood tests.

• You are required to have a properly issued marriage license BEFORE the marriage ceremony. After the ceremony, you or your officiant, must file your certificate with the SAME Clerk's office where you obtained the license within 10 days of the ceremony.

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