If you're getting married in the state of Florida you must first apply for a wedding license at any in-state county clerk office. These offices, some of which are referred to as the "marriage license bureau," are usually located in the county probate court or circuit court. This document outlines the requirements you must adhere to in order to get a valid marriage license that can be used statewide. Let's begin…

Cost of Your License

How much does a marriage license cost?

The marriage license fee is $88.50 dollars. Couples who have completed a state sanctioned marriage preparation course within the past year are entitled to a discount of $32.50. Accepted forms of payment are cash.

Residency Requirement

Are there any special residency conditions for in-state or out-of-state residents?

There are none. You do not have to be a previous or current resident of Florida to obtain a marriage license that will be valid statewide.

Waiting Period

After I submit my application how long do I have to wait before I receive my marriage license?

There is no waiting period. You will receive your marriage license immediately after you submit your application.

Is there a waiting period from the moment the license is given to me to the date I'm allowed to actually marry?

Yes, after you receive your license, there is still a mandatory 3 day waiting period before you can actually get married. The waiting period is waived for couples who complete a state sanctioned marriage counseling course within the past year.

License Expiration

How long will my marriage license remain valid once it's been issued?

Your license will expire 60 days from the date it is issued. Once it expires, it can no longer be used to get married.

What happens if my marriage license expires before I get a chance to use it?

Unfortunately, you'll just have to get a brand new one as your expired one will no longer be recognized as valid by the state nor by the person who will be responsible for officiating your marriage.

Age Requirement

How old must I be to get married?

You must be at least 18 years of age or older to marry without parental consent. A birth certificate may be necessary to show proof of age.

What if one or both of us is younger than 18?

If either partner is under 18, parental consent forms must be signed. You will need a certified copy of your birth certificate. If you are under 16 you can not marry without a court order. A minor who is pregnant does not need parental consent as long as the pregnancy is verified in a written statement by a licensed physician.

Blood Test

Are blood tests and physical exams required?

No blood test or physical exam is required.

Divorced or Widowed Applicants

What if one or both partners have been divorced or have had a spouse die?

If you were previously married, the date of your divorce or the date of your spouse's death must be provided. If the divorce or spouse's death had taken place within the last 30 days, bring a certified copy of the divorce decree or death certificate. If necessary, a copy of your divorce records or spouse's death certificate can be ordered from your local vital records office and mailed to you.

Marriage Name Change

How do I legally change my name before or after I get married?

When you are married, you will receive a marriage certificate, which is a piece of paper proving that you are legally married. This document will serve as evidence of your marriage, which you'll need to complete the process of notifying several government agencies about your name change, as well as any non-government institutions that you do business with (ie, banks, employers, credit cards, memberships, etc).

There is an online marriage name change kit that you can use and complete before or after your marriage takes place. It's applicable for Florida or any other state in the union. Completing all the necessary name change documentation prior to your wedding is recommended in order to expedite the name change process.

Proxy Marriage

What is a proxy marriage?

A proxy marriage, also known as a "proxy wedding," is when one or both partners to be married are unable to physically attend the ceremony. The missing person, or persons, will have someone "stand in" for them and serve as their "proxy."

Can I get married by proxy if I'm unable to to be present for the ceremony?

No, getting married by proxy is not allowed in Florida. There are actually only five states left that do allow marriage by proxy.

Common Law Marriage

What is a common law marriage?

The term "common law marriage" refers to an informal marriage, based upon cohabitation and a mutual understanding by both partners, rather than getting married through a civil or religious ceremony. The latter, more common approach, would require an actual Florida marriage license.

Is a common law marriage a legal option for me instead of undergoing a conventional marriage?

Yes, common-law marriages are allowed in Florida. The fact that it is a viable option in this state is notable considering common law marriage is not available in four-fifths of the country.

Cousin Marriage

Can I get married to my cousin?

Yes, cousin marriages (first, second, etc) are allowed to take place.

Same Sex Marriage

Are same sex marriages legal?

Yes, same-sex marriages are allowed and legally recognized in Florida.

Where to Go

Where do I physically need to go to get my marriage license?

Florida has 66 offices where a marriage license can be acquired. Simply choose a location below to visit. Phone numbers as well as map and accompanying driving direction links are provided for every address.

Alachua County Recorder Recording Department
21 E University Room 101
Gainesville, FL 32601
Baker County Court Clerk
339 E Macclenny Ave
Macclenny, FL 32063
Bay County Recorders Office 300 East 4th St
Attn: #101
Panama City, FL 32401
Bradford County County Recorders Office
945 North Temple Ave
Stark, FL 32091
Brevard County Recorder
700 South Park Ave, Bldg #2
Titusville, FL 32780
Broward County Clerk
P.O. Box 14668 Search Dept.
Ft Lauderdale, FL 33302
Calhoun County Clerk of Court
425 East Central Ave
Blountstown, FL 32424
Charlotte County Clerk 116 West Olympia Ave
Attn: 141
Punta Gorda, FL 33951
Citrus County Clerk of The Court
110 North Apopka Ave
Inverness, FL 32650
Clay County Clerk of Court
P.O. Box 698
Green Cove Sprg, FL 32043
Collier Clerk Of Circuit Courts
P.O. Box 413044
Naples, FL 33947
Dade County Recorder Court House
Towers 8th Floor
44 West Flagler St
Miami, FL 33130
De Soto County Clerk of Court
201 East Oak St
Arcadia, FL 33821
Dixie County Recorder
P.O. Box 1206
Cross City, FL 32628
Duval County Recorder
330 East Bay St
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Escambia County Recorder
P.O. Box 1111
Pensacola, FL 32595
Flagler County Clerk of Court
P.O. Box 787
Bunnell, FL 32110
Franklin County Clerk of Court
County Courthouse
Apalachicola, FL 32320
Gadsen County Clerk of The Circuit Court
10 East Jefferson
Quincy, FL 32351
Gilchrist County County Clerk
Highway 129 At Highway 26
Tranton, FL 32693
Glades County Clerk
P.O. Box 10
Moore Haven, FL 33471
Gulf County Clerk of Circuit Court
1000 5th St, Room 148
Port Saint Joe, FL 32456
Hamilton County Clerk of Circuit Court
207 Northeast First St
Jasper, FL 32052
Hardee County Clerk of Circuit Court
417 West Main St
Wauchula, FL 33873
Hendry County Clerk of Circuit Court
Corner Of Hwy 80 & 29
La Belle, FL 33935
Hernando County Recorder
20 North Main St
Brooksville, FL 34601
Highlands County Clerk
P.O. Box 1827
Sebring, FL 33871
Hillsborough County Recorder
P.O. Box 1110
Tampa, FL 33601
Holmes County Clerk of Court
P.O. Box 397
Bonifay, FL 32425
Indian River County Recorder
P.O. Box 1028
Vero Beach, FL 32961
Jackson County Clerk of Circuit Court
P.O. Box 510
Marianna, FL 32446
Jefferson County Clerk
Courthouse Room 10
Monticello, FL 32344
Lafayette County Clerk of Court
P.O. Box 88
Mayo, FL 32066
Lake County Clerk
315 West Main St
Tavares, FL 32778
Lee County Clerk
P.O. Box 2469
Fort Myers, FL 33902
Leon County Recorder
301 South Monroe St
Tallahasee, FL 32302
Levy County Clerk Court St
355 S Court St
Bronson, FL 32621
Liberty County Clerk
Hwy 20

Bristol, FL 32321
Madison County Clerk of Court
101 South Range
Madison, FL 32340
Manatee County Recorder
1115 Manattee Ave West
Bradenton, FL 34205
Marion County Clerk
110 Northwest 1st Ave
Ocala, FL 32670
Martin County Clerk of Circuit Court
100 East Ocean Boulevard
Attn: Recording Dept

Stuart, FL 34995
Monroe County Recorder
P.O. Box 1980
Kay West, FL 33041
Nassau County Recorder 416 Center St, Attn: Rm 10
P.O. Box 456
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
Okaloosa County Recorder
P.O. Box 1265
Crestview, FL 32536
Okeechobee County Clerk of Circuit Court
304 Northwest 2nd St, Room 101
Okeechobee, FL 34972
Orange County Recording Dept.
P.O. Box 38
Orlando, FL 32802
Osceola County Clerk 12 South Vernon Ave
Dept. R
Kissimmee, FL 32741
Palm Beach County 300 North Dixie Hwy, Room 201
Recording Department
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Pasco County Marriage Licenses
705 Live Oak Ave
Dade City, FL 33525
Pinellas County Clerk
315 Court St
Clearwater, FL 34616
Polk County Recorder
240 E Main St
Bartow, FL 33830
Putnam County Recorder
P.O. Box 758
Palatka, FL 32078
Santa Rosa County Recorder
P.O. Box 472
Milton, FL 32572
Sarasota County Marriage License
2000 Main St
Sarasota, FL 34230
Seminole County Recorder Clerk of Court
301 North Park Ave
Attention: Recording Dept

Sanford, FL 32772
St Johns County Recorder
P.O. Drawer 300
St Augustine, FL 32084
St Lucie County Clerk
221 South Indian River Drive
Fort Peirce, FL 34950
Sumter County Clerk of Superior Court
209 North Florida St
Bushnell, FL 33513
Suwanne County Clerk of Court
200 South Ohio Ave
Live Oak, FL 32060
Taylor County Clerk
101 North Jefferson St
Perry, FL 32347
Union County Clerk
Courthouse Room 103
Lake Butler, FL 32054
Volusia County Recorder Clerk of Circuit
P.O. Box 43
Deland, FL 32721
Wakulla County Clerk of Court
Tallahassee St

Crawfordville, FL 32327
Walton County Recorder
P.O. Box 1260
Defuniak Spring, FL 32433
Washington County Recorder
201 W Jackson
Chipley, FL 32428