Florida Marriage License Information
Once you have set your date it is time to think about obtaining your Marriage License. You can obtain a Florida Marriage License in any county courthouse throughout the State of Florida. The requirements may vary from county to county so it is best to check with the County directly for their exact requirements.
A Florida Marriage License must be used within 60 days of issuance and can be used in any county in the State of Florida. The fee is $93.50 and is paid directly to the Clerk of Court.
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:
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 county for their specific requirements.
Florida requires that you produce a picture ID and your Social Security Card or valid Passport and typically both of you must be physically present at the time of application.
Your Florida Marriage License will need to be presented to your Officiant on the day of your wedding to notarize after your ceremony. The original, notarized, and witnessed Marriage License (varies per county) must then be submitted to the County Clerk of Court in which it was obtained to record. The Clerk will provide you with a certified copy for your records.
If you are a destination bride and unable to visit the courthouse during normal business hours, there is an alternative. Florida Marriage License Express can obtain your license and send it directly to us prior to the ceremony.