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Marriage Licenses

Who May Issue a Marriage License
Every marriage license shall be issued by a county judge or clerk of the circuit court under his hand and seal. The county judge or clerk of the circuit court shall issue such license, upon application for the license, if there appears to be no impediments to the marriage. [Florida Statute 741.01]

Written Application Required
No county court judge or clerk of the circuit court in this state shall issue a license for the marriage of any person unless there shall be first presented and filed with him an affidavit in writing, signed by both parties to the marriage, made and subscribed before some person authorized by law to administer an oath, reciting the true and correct ages of such parties; unless both such parties shall be over the age of 18, except as provided in Florida Statute 741.0405. [Florida Statute 741.04]

Issuance in Blank Prohibited
It is unlawful for any county court judge or clerk of the circuit court in the state to send out of his office any marriage license signed in blank to be issued upon application to persons not in the office of the county judge or clerk of the circuit court. [Florida Statute 741.03]

License Must Be Certificated and Filed Within 10 Days
Before any authorized person shall solemnize any marriage, he shall require of the parties a marriage license issued according to requirements of Florida Statute 741.01, and within 10 days after solemnizing the marriage he shall make a certificate thereof on the license, and shall transmit the same to the office of the county judge or clerk of the circuit court from which it issued. [Florida Statute 741.08]

Marriage License Processing Deadline
Due to the amount of time it takes our clerks to process an application for a marriage license, paperwork is required to be filed by 4:30 PM in order for your application to be completed by 5:00 PM.

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