Though the steps and requirements needed to get a marriage license might feel overwhelming, it’s actually fairly simple. Here’s an overview of what you need to know, but keep in mind that, depending on which state and county you get married in, there might be some different requirements, so check with the county clerk beforehand. Planning a destination wedding in Florida? We’ve got you covered, too!
Who May Apply?
Unmarried people who are at least 18 years old and are not blood relatives. In some cases, a person under the age of 18 can get a marriage license; check with the county clerk for the regulations and requirements.
What to Provide
When applying, each person must bring one form of identification, which can include: driver’s license, state ID card, valid passport, U.S. Armed Forces identification card or immigration identification card. Both people will also need to provide their social security numbers (the physical card won’t be needed). Before you go, contact your county clerk to verify which documents they accept, as the requirements may differ. If either party is divorced, they must provide the official date the divorce was granted. If your previous marriage ended due to annulment or death of your previous spouse, you would need to write that on the application.
The license fee ranges from $32.50 to $93.50, depending on whether you’ve completed the Florida pre-marital course. Proof of course completion must be provided.
Waiting Period/Expiration of License
As a Florida resident getting married in Florida, there’s a three- day waiting period to get your license, and the ceremony must be performed prior to the 60-day expiration. If you’ve completed a Florida pre-marital course, the waiting period is waived. There is no waiting period for non-residents.