Florida Marriage License Laws and Requirements

Find out how to get married in FL

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?

No, same-sex marriages are not allowed or 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