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Florida Marriage Records

Marriage Records in Florida

Marriage records contain basic information about the married couple. This information includes the names of the two individuals, the date of the marriage, and the place of marriage. Some marriage records will also include the names of the mothers and fathers of the couple. Additionally, some records contain the names of the official witnesses to the marriage. Some governmental marriage records contain the maiden names of the mothers as well as the place of residence of the married couple.

A marriage record should not be confused with a marriage license, a marriage announcement, or a marriage index. The marriage license is the legal document that was issued to the couple that was married. The marriage announcement is the public listing of the wedding, in most cases, in a published newspaper.

A marriage index is simply a list of the marriages within a specific location. Typically, such an index includes the names of the bride and groom, the date of the marriage, the name of the county in which the marriage occurred, and either the file number of the license or the volume and page name for a register listing as well as the location of the marriage record.

In Florida, marriage records after June 1927 must be obtained from the Office of Vital Statistics. Certified copies of marriage records prior to 1927 must be obtained from the Clerk of Circuit Court in the local county courthouse located in the county where the marriage took place.

The fee for a certified copy is $5.00 for one copy and an additional $4.00 for each additional copy. The initial fee is nonrefundable whether the record is located or not. However, a written request for a refund of any additional fees for additional copies can be sent. Payment should be in the form of a check or money order made out to the Office of Vital Statistics. You may also request overnight delivery at an additional cost of $23.00. However, someone must be at the given address to sign for delivery.

The request normally takes two to three weeks to be processed. Any questions concerning the acquisition of vital records in Florida can be asked by calling the following phone number: 904-359-6900. Additionally, questions can be emailed to:
VitalStats@doh.state.fl.us.

For a successful search for the marriage records that you are trying to locate in Florida, follow these steps:
1. Print or type each name and address clearly to avoid confusion. This includes the full name of both the husband and the wife. The maiden name should be included for the wife. Include nicknames and alternate spellings that may have been used, but list them as such.
2. Keep your request brief and to the point.
3. Limit your request to one marriage record.
4. Include the full address of the individuals at the time of the marriage, including street, city or town, and state. If you know the county in which the marriage took place, include that as well.
5. Include the date that the marriage occurred. If you do not know the date, include a time frame for the search. Generally, it is best to specify a short span of years for an unknown year search. You can always expand the number of years that you search, and a shorter span will lead to a shorter search. You can expect to pay an additional fee for searches such as this that require more effort.
6. Include contact information where you can be reached in the event that more information is required. Include a telephone number, fax number, or an e-mail address.
7. Include your relationship to the individuals listed in your search request.
8. Include the reason for your request with your signature.
9. Print your name clearly and sign your request. Some states may also require additional identifying information on you as well. Therefore, you may want to include your driverís license number.
10. Include a SASE, or self addressed stamped envelope with your request for a speedier delivery.
11. Include the date that you mail your request with your correspondence.

If you are requesting records after June 1927, send your request to:
State of Florida
Florida Office of Vital Statistics
Dept of Health
P.O. Box 210
1217 Pearl Street
Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042
Telephone:(904) 359-6900 Ext. 1029
Fax: (904) 359-6993

If you are requesting records before June 1927, send your request to the local county courthouse. A list of the local county courthouse addresses and telephone numbers for Florida is provided below in alphabetical order.

Alachua County
Alachua County Public Health Unit
P.O. Box 1327
Gainesville, FL 32602
Telephone: (352) 955-2356

Baker County
Baker County Clerk
55 North Third Street
Macclenny, FL 32063-2101
Telephone: (386) 259-3575

Bay County
Bay County Clerk
P.O. Box 2269
Panama City, FL 32402-2269
Telephone: (850) 785-0231

Bradford County
Bradford County Clerk
Starke, FL 32091-1286
Telephone: (904) 964-6280

Brevard County
Brevard County Public Health Dept.
Vital Records
878 South U.S. 1
Rockledge, FL 32955
Telephone: (321) 690-3435

Broward County
Broward County Public Health Unit
2421 S.W. 6th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
Telephone: (954) 467-4413

Calhoun County
Calhoun County Clerk
425 E. Central Ave.
Blountstown, FL 32424-2242
Telephone: (850) 674-5061
Charlotte County
Charlotte County Health Department
Office of Vital Statistics
514 East Grace Street
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Telephone: (941) 639-1181

Citrus County
Citrus County Clerk
110 North Apopka Avenue
Inverness, FL 34450
Telephone: (352) 637-9425

Clay County
Clay County Clerk
P.O. Box 698
Green Cove Springs, FL 32043-0698
Telephone: (904) 284-6300

Collier County
Collier County Public Health Unit
Courthouse Complex / Bldg H
Naples, FL 33962
Telephone: (941) 774-8205

Columbia County
Columbia County Clerk
35 North Herndaz Street
Lake City, FL 32055
Telephone: (386) 755-4100

Dade County
Dade County Dept of Health
Vital Statistics
1350 N.W. 14th Street
Miami, FL 33125
Telephone: (305) 324-2489

DeSoto County
DeSoto County Clerk
P.O. Box 591
Arcadia, FL 34265
Telephone: (863) 993-4800

Dixie County
Dixie County Courthouse
PO Box 1206
Cross City, FL 32628
Telephone: (352) 498-1206

Duval County
Duval County Public Health Unit
515 W. 6th Street
Jacksonville, FL 32206-4397
Telephone: (904) 630-3330

Escambia County
Escambia County Vital Records
1295 W. Fairfield Dr., Room 200
Pensacola, FL 32501
Telephone: (850) 595-6531

Flagler County
Flagler County Health Department
Vital Statistics
P.O. Box 847
301 S. Lemon Street
Bunnell, FL 32011
Telephone: 386-437-7350 ext. 230 or 222

Franklin County
Franklin County Clerk
33 Market Street, Suite 203
Apalachicola, FL 32320
Telephone: (850) 653-8861

Gadsden County
Gadsden County Clerk
P.O. Box 231
Quincy, FL 32351-0231
Telephone: (850) 875-4700

Gilchrist County
Gilchrist County Courthouse
P.O. Box 37
Trenton, FL 32693-0037
Telephone: (352) 463-3198

Glades County
Glades County Clerk
P.O. Box 10
Moore Haven, FL 33471-0010
Telephone: (863) 946-0949

Gulf County
Gulf County Clerk
1000 5th St., Room 148
Port Saint Joe, FL 32456-1648
Telephone: (850) 227-1141

Hamilton County
Hamilton County Clerk
P.O. Box 789
Jasper, FL 32052
Telephone: (386) 792-1220

Hardee County
Hardee County Clerk
412 West Orange Street
Wauchula, FL 33873-2831
Telephone: (863) 773-4174

Hendry County
Hendry County Clerk
P.O. Box 1760
La Belle, FL 33935-1760
Telephone: (863) 675-5227

Hernando County
Hernando County Clerk
20 North Main Street
Brooksville, FL 34601
Telephone: (352) 754-4442

Highlands County
Highlands County Courthouse
430 S. Commerce Ave
Attn: Recording Dept
Sebring, FL 33870-3701
Telephone: (863) 386-6500

Hillsborough County
Hillsborough County Health Dept
1105 East Kennedy Blvd., Room #100
Tampa, FL 33602
Telephone: (813) 307-8002

Holmes County
Holmes County Clerk
201 N. Oklahoma St.
Bonifay, FL 32425-2243
Telephone: (850) 547-9316

Indian River County
Indian River County Clerk
1840 25th Street
Vero Beach, FL 32960-3365
Telephone: (561) 567-8000

Jackson County
Jackson County Clerk
P.O. Box 510
Marianna, FL 32446-0510
Telephone: (850) 482-3354

Jefferson County
Jefferson County Clerk
P.O. Box 547
Monticello, FL 32344
Telephone: (850) 997-5546

Lafayette County
Lafayette County Clerk
P.O. Box 88
Mayo, FL 32066-0088
Telephone: (904) 294-1600

Lake County
Lake County Health Department
421 West Main Street
Tavares, FL 32778
Telephone: (352) 742-6395

Lee County
Lee County Clerk
P.O. Box 2469
Fort Myers, FL 33902-2469
Telephone: (941) 335-2283

Leon County Health Department
Leon County Health Department
2965 Municipal Way
Tallahassee, FL 32304
Telephone: (850) 922-6377

Levy County
Levy County Clerk of Court
P.O. Box 610
Bronson, FL 32621-0610
Telephone: (352) 486-4311

Liberty County
Liberty County Clerk's Office
P.O. Box 399
Bristol, FL 32321-0399
Telephone: (850) 643-2272

Madison County
Madison County Clerk
P.O. Box 237
Madison, FL 32340-0237
Telephone: (850) 973-6221

Manatee County
Manatee County Vital Records
410 6th Ave E
Bradenton, FL 34208-1928
Telephone: (941) 748-0747

Marion County
Marion County Public Health Unit
Department of Vital Records
1801 South East 32nd Ave.
Ocala, FL 34471
Telephone: (352) 629-0137

Martin County
Martin County Public Health Unit
620 South Dixie Highway
Stuart, FL 34994
Telephone: (561) 221-4000

Monroe County
Monroe County Clerk
500 Whitehead Street
Key West, FL 33040-6547
Telephone: (305) 294-4641

Nassau County
Nassau County Clerk
P.O. Box 456
Fernandia Beach, FL 32035-0456
Telephone: (904) 261-5724

Okaloosa County
Okaloosa County Public Health Unit
221 Hospital Drive NE
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
Telephone: (850) 833-9255

Okeechobee County
Okeechobee County Health Dept
1728 NW 9th Ave PO Box 1879
Okeechobee, FL 34973
Telephone: (863) 462-5804

Orange County
Orange County Health Dept
604 Courland Street, Suite 200
Orlando, FL 32804
Telephone: (407) 623-1182 Info
(407) 741-4360

Osceola County
Osceola County Health Dept
1875 Boggy Creek Rd
Kissimmee, FL 32744
Telephone: (407) 343-2009

Palm Beach County
Palm Beach County Vital Statistics Dept
705 North Olive Ave.
West Palm Beach, FL 33402
Telephone: (561) 653-2350

Pasco County
Pasco County Clerk
38053 East Live Oak Avenue
Dade City, FL 33525
Telephone: (352) 521-4274

Pinellas County
Pinellas County Public Health Department
4175 East Bay Drive, Suite 160
Clearwater, FL
Telephone: (727) 5074330

Polk County
Polk County Clerk
P.O. Box 988
Bartow, FL 33830
Telephone: (863) 534-4000

Putnam County
Putnam County Clerk
P.O. Box 758
Palatka, FL 32078-0758
Telephone: (386) 329-0330

St. Johns County
St. Johns County Public Health Unit
180 Marine Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084
Telephone: (904) 825-5055 info
(904) 825-5008

St. Lucie County
St. Lucie County Clerk
221 South Indian River Drive
Fort Pierce, FL 33450
Telephone: (561) 462-6930

Santa Rosa County
Santa Rosa County Clerk
801 Caroline, SE
Milton, FL 32570-4978
Telephone: (850) 623-0135

For birth & death records:
Santa Rosa County Health Dept
P.O. Box 929
Milton, FL 32572-0929
Telephone: (850) 983-5200

Sarasota County
Sarasota Vital Records
1938 Laurel Street, 1st Floor
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: (941) 316-1043

Seminole County
Seminole County Clerk
300 North Park Avenue
Sanford, FL 32771-1244
Telephone: (407) 665-4330

Sumter County
Sumter County Clerk
209 N. Florida St.
Bushnell, FL 33513-9308
Telephone: (352) 793-0215

Suwannee County
Suwannee County Clerk
200 S. Ohio Ave.
Live Oak, FL 32060-3239
Telephone: (904) 362-2827

Taylor County
Taylor County Clerk
P.O. Box 620
Perry, FL 3234-0620
Telephone: (850) 584-3285

Union County
Union County Clerk
55 W. Main St., Room 103
Lake Butler, FL 32054-1637
Telephone: (386) 496-2621

Volusia County
Volusia County Clerk
120 West Indiana Avenue
Deland, FL 32720-4210
Telephone: (386) 736-5915

Wakulla County
Wakulla County Clerk
3056 Crawfordville Hwy.
Crawfordville, FL 32327
Telephone: (850) 926-0905

Walton County
Walton County Clerk
P.O. Box 1260
Defuniak Springs, FL 32434-1260
Telephone: (850) 892-8118

Washington County
Washington County Clerk
203 West Cypress
Chipley, FL 32428-1821
Telephone: (850) 638-6285

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