A marriage license is effective for 60 days from the date of purchase and may be used in any county within Florida.
We do not perform wedding ceremonies. However, a list of registered notaries, officiants, and religious affiliates is available.
Florida residents have a three-day waiting period, which is waived if applicants furnish a Certificate of Completion from a registered premarital course provider.
There is no waiting period if both applicants are not Florida residents.
- BOTH PARTIES MUST APPLY TOGETHER IN PERSON.
- Effective July 1, 2018, both parties must be at least 18 years of age to marry without the consent of both parents or legal guardians.
- Also effective July 1, 2018, the age of eligibility for marriage in Florida was raised to 17. Individuals who are 17 years of age – but younger than 18 – must have written consent from both parents or legal guardians.
- In a marriage in which one partner is 17, the other partner must not be more than two years older.
- The form Affidavit of Parental Consent Form (PDF) may be obtained online or from the Clerk & Comptroller’s Office. The form containing the notarized signatures of both parents (or legal guardians) must be presented at the time of application for a marriage license.
- Present a valid photo identification (state-issued driver’s license, passport, state ID, military ID, etc.).
- Knowledge of your Social Security number or identifying immigration number for application purposes is recommended.
- If either party has been divorced or widowed, (s)he must know the month, day, and year the most recent marriage ended.
- All applicants must read the Family Law Handbook (PDF) provided at the time of application.
- Complete and print the Marriage License Information Sheet (PDF). This form can be completed online using Adobe Acrobat. If you do not have Adobe Reader installed on your computer, download the free Adobe Reader.
- Complete and print the Premarital Course and Handbook Statement Form (PDF).
- If applicants have children together who were born in Florida, an Affirmation of Common Children Form (PDF) must be completed regarding birth information for the children. An additional $3.50 is charged for administering the oath, signing, and attesting to this document.
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