Florida Marriage License Information for a Destination Wedding.
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Once your plans are in place for your one-of-a-kind destination wedding, it is then time to start thinking about making the marriage official with a Florida marriage license. In the state of Florida, you can obtain a Florida marriage license in any county courthouse located throughout the state. The official requirements vary from county-to-county, so it is best to check with the county directly for their exact requirement.
The state of Florida requires that you produce a photo ID and Social Security Card or valid US Passport. Under most circumstances, both of the Bride and Groom must be physically present at the time of application. Your Florida Marriage License will need to be presented to your Officiant on the day of your wedding for notarization after your wedding ceremony. The original, notarized and witnessed Florida Marriage License (varies per county) must then be submitted to the County Clerk of Court in which it was obtained. The Clerk of Courts will then provide you with a certified copy for your records.
You do not need to be a Florida resident to obtain a Florida Marriage License. Non-Florida Residents can get their Florida marriage license and get married in the same day without a waiting period. If you are a permanent resident of Florida, there is a 3-day waiting period before your Florida marriage license becomes valid unless both the Bride and Groom have completed the State-sanctioned marriage preparation course within the last 12 months. If you have been previously married, the date of your divorce or spouse’s death must be provided when obtaining your official Florida Marriage License.
A Florida Marriage License must be used within 60 days of its issuance and can be used in any county in the state of Florida. To receive a marriage license in Florida, a fee in the amount of $93.50 must be paid directly to the Clerk of Court. If you are getting married in the Tampa, St. Pete, Clearwater, and/or Sarasota area and wish to obtain your Florida Marriage License from Hillsborough, Pinellas, or Sarasota County, please click on one of the links below for county-specific information and requirements:
Florida Marriage License by Mail
If you are a destination Bride or Groom and unable to visit the Clerk of Courts during normal business hours, there is an alternative method for you to obtain your Florida Marriage License! We can assist you in securing your marriage license by mail and send it directly to our studio prior to the ceremony, allowing you to relax and enjoy your destination wedding without the hassle of filling out paperwork or dealing with the Clerk of Courts.