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Florida Marriage License Requirements

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Congratulations and much happiness as you begin your lifetime journey together! After you've decided on one of our romantic beach wedding packages and have lined up your accommodations, you'll need to start thinking about getting your marriage license.

Let us know if you need help with finding out the cost of a marriage license in Florida, the requirements for applying for a marriage license, and to tell you where to apply for a marriage license in either state.

Florida Marriage License Requirements

  • Marriage Licenses must be obtained in Florida in order for you to be legally married in Florida
  • A Notary, Judge, or Ordained Minister must perform the ceremony in the State of Florida
  • Licenses can be obtained at any courthouse in Florida and you can get married anywhere in the state of Florida regardless of where you went to apply for a marriage license
  • No waiting period for Non-Florida residents. For Florida residents: Either a 3-Day waiting period or a 4-Hour counseling session is required
  • No blood test required for out of state couples
  • Your marriage by the Florida Notary or Minister is legal worldwide
  • If either party has been divorced in the last 6 months, a copy of the divorce decree is required
  • The marriage license is valid for 60 days after date of issue and ceremony must be performed
    BEFORE the 60 days have expired
  • Florida marriage license requirements may vary as each county could have their own requirements
  • Requirements may vary as each county could have their own requirements

What you need to apply:

  • Bride and Groom must be 18 years of age, and both must be present to apply
    • If either is under 18, but more than 16 years of age, written and notarized consent must be obtained from the parents or legal guardian of the minor person, and filed with the application
    • If one of a minor’s parents is deceased, the remaining parent must provide written, notarized consent. If a minor's parents are both deceased and there is not an appointed guardian, he/she may apply for a marriage license. A minor who has been previously married may also apply for a license
    • Exceptions are also made if you are expectant parents or are already the parents of a child. Please see Florida Statute741.0405 for more information
  • Picture ID such as a driver’s license, state ID card, or valid passport
  • Both parties will also have to provide their Social Security numbers, but do not need to provide their Social Security Cards
  • You may be asked for a certified copy of your birth certificate in some counties
  • Cost of a marriage license in Florida: $93.50. Marriage license fees can be reduced by up to $32.50 if you complete a licensed Florida pre-marital course taken no more than 1 year prior to applying for the marriage license

Marriage License by Mail:

For information about how to apply for a marriage license by mail for the state of Florida, please visit the Florida Marriage License By Mail website or call Sherry Matthews at (352) 472-7220 (from 9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m. only).

Below is courthouse information for each Florida wedding region:

Destin, Sandestin, Miramar Beach, Seagrove Beach:

Circuit Clerk's Office
South Walton Annex
Marriage License Department
25220 U.S. Highway 331 South
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459
(850) 267-3066

Pensacola Beach, Perdido Key:

Clerk of the Circuit Court
Escambia County, Florida
Official Records Division
223 Palafox Place, Room 103
Pensacola, Florida 32502
(850) 595-4170
(850) 934-8187 Gulf Breeze, Navarre Beach

Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa Island, Destin:
Clerk of Court
Marriage License Division
Okaloosa County Courthouse Annex
1250 N. Eglin Parkway, Suite B110
Shalimar, Florida 32579
(850) 651-7200

Panama City Beach:

Bay County Clerk's Office
Marriage License
Room 102
300 East 4th Street
Panama City, Florida 32401
(850) 747-5111
(850) 747-5359 Fax

To Obtain A Duplicate Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

Department of Children and Families
Division of Vital Statistics
P. O. Box 210
Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042
(904) 359-6955

Have Questions?

To learn more about the Florida marriage license requirements, cost of marriage license, or about where to apply for marriage license, call Sugar Beach Weddings at (850) 650-1515 or email us today.