MARRIAGE LAWS AND PROCEDURES
The Clerk of Circuit Court Acts as agent for the State of Florida for issuing Marriage Licenses.
- Both parties have to be present at the Clerks Office to apply for a license.
- The parties must sign the application form and take an oath to the truthfulness of the information provided in the application.
- Parties applying for the marriage license need to apply at least one month before the wedding ceremony.
- The person applying for the marriage license need to submit the following
- birth certificates,
- tax information, and
- a proof of identification such as driver's license and Social Security card or a valid passport number or I-94 card,
- information about previous marriages, if previously married, the date of divorce or date of 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.
An application form must be completed.
The fee for license is $88.50 in cash only. Couples who have completed a state-sanctioned marriage preparation course within the past 12 months are entitled to a discount of $32.50.
There is no waiting period for Florida Residents who have presented the following.
- Certificate of completion of a premarital preparation course from a qualified course provider.
- A statement attesting that they have taken a premarital preparation course and have read the Family Law Handbook outlining the right and responsibilities of parties to the marriage.
- There is a three-day waiting period for Florida residents who have not taken the course.
- Florida Marriage Licenses are good for 60 days from the effective date.
A Marriage License can be applied for and solemnized in any Florida County.
PERSONS AUTHORIZED TO SOLEMNIZE MARRIAGES
The following persons are authorized to solemnize marriages in the sate:
- All regularly ordained ministers of the gospel, elders in communion with a church, or other ordained clergy.
- All Judicial Officers, including retired Judicial Officers, Clerks of the Circuit Court, and Notary Publics of this State.
- "Quakers" and "Friends" may perform marriages in the manner and form used and practiced in their societies.
Deputy Clerks are also authorized person and available during normal working hours Monday through Friday, to perform ceremonies. The fee for this service may be $20.00.
A certified copy of the Marriage Certificate within 7 days after the officiator returns it to the Clerks Office to be recorded free of cost. Additional certified copies cost $2.00.
The minors o the age of 16 to 17 may get married in the state of Florida provided that they have to furnish the following documents for obtaining a marriage license:
- written consent from both parents or guardian and
permission of the County Judge waving the age requirement.
FLORIDA PREMARITAL PREPARATION
The Florida Premarital Preparation is a course provided by a qualified instructor registered with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
The course may include instruction regarding
- conflict management,
- communication skills,
- financial responsibilities,
- children and parenting responsibilities