Once you’ve chosen your date it’s time to think about obtaining your Marriage License. One of the first questions that our Bride’s ask us is, “How do we obtain our Florida Marriage License?”.
For Florida residents it’s a walk in the park! You can obtain a Florida Marriage License in any County courthouse throughout the State of Florida and it is good throughout the entire State. Basically, you can obtain it in one County and use it in another. The requirements may vary from County to County so it’s best to check with the County directly for their exact requirements. (I’ve included the links for you below.)
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about the basics!
Upon arriving into the State of Florida, you and your fiancé will have to go to the Clerk’s office to apply for your license. You’ll need to bring your valid Driver’s License or Passport for identification and be prepared to answer some basic identification questions such as “What is your Social Security number?”, “What is your date of birth?”, etc. Once obtained, a Florida Marriage License must be used within 60 days of issuance and can be used in any County in the State of Florida. So for those of you driving in, this means you can stop at any courthouse along your trip and pick up your license.
The Florida Marriage License fee is $93.50 and is paid directly to the Clerk of Court. One of the tips I always tell our clients is that, “It’s a good idea to order extra copies when you apply so that you don’t have to mail away for another one in the event you should loose it in the future.” After your “interview” with the Clerk is complete, they will hand you the Florida Marriage License and a self-addressed envelope to return it for filing. Your Officiant will sign and validate the license after your Ceremony and return it to the Clerk for filing in the envelope they provided. Your original certified copies will arrive in the mail about 1-3 weeks later. Seems simple enough, right?!
Some additional noteworthy information:
- You do not have to be a resident of Florida to obtain a Florida Marriage License. Non-Residents can get their marriage license and get married the same day without a waiting period. If you are a Florida resident there is a 3 day waiting period before your license becomes valid unless you have both completed the State sanctioned marriage preparation course within the last 12 months.
- If you have been previously married, the date of your divorce or spouse’s death must be provided when obtaining your Florida Marriage License. Check with the Cunty for their specific requirements.
- Florida requires that you produce a picture ID such as a Driver’s License or valid Passport at the time of application.
On the day of your Wedding, your Florida Marriage License will need to be presented to your Officiant to notarize or sign after your ceremony. The original, validated, and witnessed Marriage License (varies per County) will then be submitted to the County Clerk of Court in which it was obtained to record.
If you are getting married in the Tampa, St. Pete, Clearwater, Sarasota area and wish to obtain your Florida Marriage License from Hillsborough, Pinellas, or Sarasota County, please click on one of the following links for additional information and requirements:
- Hillsborough County Marriage License Information
- Pinellas County Marriage License Information
- Sarasota County Marriage License Information
You’ll want to check with the County you plan to obtain your license in prior to traveling to ensure that you have the most up to date information about requirements and documentation needed to obtain your Florida Marriage License.