Florida Marriage License Requirements

From the Escambia County website:

 

Is a waiting period required?
If both the bride and the groom are not a resident of the State of Florida, then no waiting period is required and the fee for the marriage license is $93.50.

If either the bride or the groom are a resident of the State of Florida, then Florida requires a three day waiting period from the date you apply for you license before you can be married and the fee is $93.50.

If both the bride and the groom have taken a premarital preparation course within one year prior to applying for their marriage license, from a provider that is registered with the Clerk of Courts, you will qualify for a reduction in the fee of $32.50, which will make the fee $61.00. The waiting period will then be waived.

 

How is the waiting period counted?
The date the license is issued does count as the first day. You will need to wait two additional full days. You may then be married on the following day.

For example, assuming you are eligible for the three day waiting period:
If you obtain your marriage license on Monday, then you can get married on Thursday.
If you obtain your marriage license on Tuesday, then you can get married on Friday.
If you obtain your marriage license on Wednesday, then you can get married on Saturday.
If you obtain your marriage license on Thursday, then you can get married on Sunday.
If you obtain your marriage license on Friday, then you can get married on Monday.

 

How can we avoid this three day waiting period?
To avoid this three-day waiting period requirement, couples who are both Florida residents must complete a pre-marital preparation course given by a registered course provider.  By completing both the pre-marital preparation course and the Family Law Handbook, Florida residents will have their marriage license fee reduced from $93.50 to $61.00.  The pre-marital preparation course may be taken prior to applying for a marriage license.

 

Is a blood test required?
The State of Florida does not require a blood test.

 

Must I be a Florida resident or a U.S. Citizen to apply for a marriage license?
No.  Non-Florida residents and individuals who are not citizens of the United States of America may apply for a marriage license F.S. 741.04

 

What kind of identification do I need?
Any legal document with your photo and date of birth on it: i.e. valid drivers license, military ID, alien registration card, or passport.

 

Will I need my social security number to apply for a marriage license?
Yes.  Any person who has been issued a social security number shall provide that number when applying for a marriage license.

 

If I am not a U.S. Citizen, will I need my alien registration number issued by the United States Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (USBCIS)?
Any person who is not a citizen of the United States may provide either a social security number or an alien registration number if one has been issued by the United States Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services. Any person who is not a citizen of the United States and who has not been issued a social security number or an alien registration number is encouraged to provide another form of identification.

 

What is the age limit a person can get a marriage license without parental consent?
The individual must be at least 18 years of age.

 

If I am under the age of 18, can I still get a marriage license?
Per F.S. 741.0405, the clerk may issue a marriage license to an applicant if they are under the age of 18 but at least 16 year of age if one of the conditions listed below is met:

  • Written consent from the parent or guardian of the minor applicant, acknowledged before some officer authorized by law to take acknowledgments and administer oaths. However, the license shall be issued without parental consent when both parents of such minor are deceased at the time of making application.
  • When such minor has been married previously.

 

The county court judge, in his discretion, may issue a marriage license to an applicant if they are under 18 years of age if one of the conditions listed below is met:

  • Upon application of both parties sworn under oath that they are the parents of a child.
  • When the fact of pregnancy is verified by the written statement of a licensed physician.
  • Upon application of both parties sworn under oath that they are the expectant parents of a child.
  • Upon the female under 18 years of age sworn under oath that she is an expectant parent.

 

 

Do I need to bring my divorce papers or spouse’s death certificate with me to get my marriage license?
No.  However, you must give us the complete and exact date of the divorce or date of death verbally.

If you do not know the exact dates, then copies of Florida marriage certificates, divorce decrees, and death certificates may be obtained by contacting the Florida Department of Health Office of Vital Statistics.  If the marriage, divorce, or death of your former spouse occurred outside the State of Florida, then copies of the marriage certificate, divorce decree, or death certificate may be obtained from the appropriate department in that state.

 

Do I need to bring witnesses?
Witnesses are not required in the State of Florida.