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How to Search and Obtain Marriage Records or Marriage License in Florida

Weddings are wonderful and happy occasions. It takes a lot of work, to get everything coordinated and ensure all runs smoothly. Applying for your Florida marriage license is a vital part of all this preparation. Needed prior to any new marriage ceremony (they are not required for those who wish to renew their vows), these licenses are obtained at your local County Clerk’s office and may require up to a 3-day waiting period.

So who can apply for this marriage license? Males and females who are over the age of 18 years of age may apply for one, or if a minor’s parents are deceased and there is no other guardian appointed for this person, then they are able to apply. Minors who, under oath, swear that they are parents or expecting a child may also apply, provided they obtain a judge’s permission (a licensed physician must verify and write a statement regarding this pregnancy), or minors who were married previously or who have parental or guardian consent may also apply for a wedding license. Same-sex marriages are not permitted, at this time, in the State of Florida.

When applying for your marriage license, both you and your partner must be present at the County Clerk’s office (a listing will be provided at the end of this article) and both must present valid photo identification (driver’s license, state identification, or military identification). Additionally, you will have to produce your social security card or your valid passport and be able to pay the $93.50 fee. If you have previously attended a premarital preparation class, offered by an approved provider, your cost for a marriage license is only $61.00.

Those who have been previously married must also provide the date that their divorce was finalized or their partner’s death. If said divorce occurred within the last 30 days, then a certified copy of the divorce decree or the partner’s death certificate will be required.

While you do not need to take a blood test in order to get married in the State of Florida, each person that is applying for the license is required, by law, to read the “Family Law Handbook,” before they can receive their marriage license (a link, so that you may look over this handbook, is provided at the end of this article for your convenience). Once this is done and the required forms are filled out, licenses are issued immediately, but bear in mind that, unless you have attended an approved premarital preparation class, there will be a 3-day waiting period before the license is effective, allowing the marriage to take place. Those who are from out-of-state are not subject to the 3-day holding period.

Florida marriage licenses are good for 60 days after the date they were issued and are only valid for marriages performed within the State of Florida.

Applying for your Florida Marriage License is easy when you follow the correct steps and prepare ahead of time. Now that you know what is required, you should have no problem applying for your license and you can focus on seating arrangements, caterers, and wedding brunches. Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!

As promised, here are some helpful links, to make things even easier ~

To read a copy of the Florida “Family Law Handbook,” please visit: http://www.clerk-alachua-fl.org/clerk/famlaw.html

County Clerk’s Offices:

Florida: ~ http://www.myflorida.com/

Alachua County Recorder
Gainesville, FL
352 - 374 - 3623

Baker County Clerk
Macclenny, FL
904 - 259 - 3121

Bay County Recorder
Panama City, FL
850 - 763 - 9061


Bradford County Recorder
Stark, FL
904 - 966 - 6263

Brevard County Recorder
Titusville, FL
407 - 264 - 5350

Broward County Clerk
Ft Lauderdale, FL
954 - 831 - 6600

Calhoun County Clerk
Blountstown, FL
850 - 674 - 4545

Charlotte County Clerk
Punta Gorda, FL
813 - 637 - 2126

Citrus County Clerk
Inverness, FL
352 - 637 - 9415

Clay County Clerk
Green Cove Spring, FL
904 - 269 - 6302

Collier Clerk
Naples, FL
941 - 732 - 2646

Dade County Recorder
Miami, FL
305 - 275 - 1155

De Soto County Clerk
Arcadia, FL
941 - 993 - 4876

Dixie County Recorder
Cross City, FL
352 - 498 - 1200

Duval County Recorder
Jacksonville, FL
904 - 630 - 1436

Escambia County Recorder
Pensacola, FL
904 - 436 - 5718

Flagler County Clerk
Bunnell, FL
904 - 437 - 7414

Franklin County Clerk
Apalachicola, FL
850 - 697 - 2112

Gadsen County Clerk
Quincy, FL
850 - 875 - 4700

Gilchrist County Clerk
Tranton, FL
352 - 463 - 2345

Glades County Clerk
Moore Haven, FL
941 - 675 - 6553


Gulf County Clerk
Port Saint Joe, FL
850 - 229 - 6113

Hamilton County Clerk
Jasper, FL
904 - 792 - 1288

Hardee County Clerk
Wauchula, FL
941 - 773 - 4174


Hendry County Clerk
La Belle, FL
941 - 675 - 5217

Hernando County Recorder
Brooksville, FL
352 - 754 - 4201

Highlands County Clerk
Sebring, FL
941 - 453 - 7538

Hillsborough County Recorder
Tampa, FL
813 - 276 - 8100

Holmes County Clerk
Bonifay, FL
850 - 547 - 1100

Indian River County Recorder
Vero Beach, FL
561 - 770 - 5185

Jackson County Clerk
Marianna, FL
850 - 482 - 9552

Jefferson County Clerk
Monticello, FL
850 - 342 - 0218

Lafayette County Clerk
Mayo, FL
904 - 294 - 1600


Lake County Clerk
Tavares, FL
352 - 742 - 4111

Lee County Clerk
Fort Myers, FL
941 - 335 - 2339

Leon County Recorder
Tallahasee, FL
850 - 488 - 7534

Levy County Clerk
Bronson, FL
352 - 486 - 5266

Liberty County Clerk
Bristol, FL
850 - 643 - 2215

Madison County Clerk
Madison, FL
850 - 973 - 4176

Manatee County Recorder
Bradenton, FL
941 - 748 - 0800

Marion County Clerk
Ocala, FL
352 - 620 - 3924

Martin County Clerk
Stuart, FL
561 - 288 - 5533

Monroe County Recorder
Kay West, FL
305 - 294 - 4641

Nassau County Recorder
Fernandina Beach, FL
904 - 879 - 2916

Okaloosa County Recorder
Crestview, FL
850 - 689 - 5000

Okeechobee County Clerk
Okeechobee, FL
941 - 763 - 2131

Orange County Recorder
Orlando, FL
407 - 836 - 2065

Osceola County Clerk
Kissimmee, FL
407 - 847 - 1300

Palm Beach County
West Palm Beach, FL
561 - 355 - 2996

Pasco County Clerk
Dade City, FL
352 - 521 - 4468

Pinellas County Clerk
Clearwater, FL
727 - 464 - 4700


Polk County Recorder
Bartow, FL
941 - 534 - 6511

Putnam County Recorder
Palatka, FL
904 - 329 - 0250

Santa Rosa County Recorder
Milton, FL
850 - 623 - 0135

Sarasota County
Sarasota, FL
941 - 362 - 4066

Seminole County Clerk
Sanford, FL
407 - 323 - 4330

St Johns County Recorder ~ http://www.clk.co.st-johns.fl.us/marriage.htm
St Augustine, FL
904 - 819 - 3640


St Lucie County Clerk
Fort Peirce, FL
561 - 871 - 5388

Sumter County Clerk
Bushnell, FL
352 - 793 - 0215

Suwanne County Clerk
Live Oak, FL
904 - 362 - 2827


Taylor County Clerk
Perry, FL
850 - 838 - 3506

Union County Clerk
Lake Butler, FL
904 - 496 - 3711

Volusia County Recorder
Deland, FL
904 - 822 - 5708


Wakulla County Clerk
Crawfordville, FL
850 - 926 - 3331

Walton County Recorder
Defuniak Spring, FL
850 - 892 - 8115

Washington County Recorder
Chipley, FL
850 - 638 - 6009

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