Marriage License FAQs

What is needed to get a marriage license?
Single adults (18 years of age and older) may obtain a marriage license by appearing in person at the Clerk's office with their driver's license or other acceptable identification card and the ending date of their last marriage, if applicable. Please refer to the Fees and Charges section for the fee of a marriage license.

How long does it take to get a license?
Effective January 1, 1999 Florida residents have a choice of options to obtain a marriage license:

(1) Both applicants may take a premarital preparation course given by a provider registered with the clerk of court and receive a $25.00 discount on their marriage license. The provider will give the applicants a certificate showing completion of the course, and this certificate must be presented to the marriage license department when applying for a license. Please refer to the Fees and Charges section for the discounted fee.

(2) Florida residents not wishing to take the marriage preparation course will not receive the discount and there will be a three-day waiting period from the date of application to issuance of the license. Please refer to the Fees and Charges section for the cost of a license.

(3) Out of state residents have no waiting period. Please refer to the Fees and Charges section for the out of state charges.

How long is the license valid?
Florida marriage licenses are valid for 60 days from the effective date. The marriage license must be returned to the Clerk's Office for recording within 10 days after the marriage is performed.

What are the age restrictions for obtaining a marriage license?
To obtain a license without parental consent, both parties must be at least 18 years of age. If either applicant is under the age of 18 years but at least 17 years of age, the license cannot be issued unless the parents or guardian of the minor provides a sworn, written consent form and a certified copy of the minor’s birth certificate; and the older party to the marriage is not more than 2 years older than the younger party to the marriage, based on the dates of birth of the applicants. Parental consent is not required, however, if both parents of the minor are deceased or the minor has been married previously. Consent forms are available in the department.