Couples wishing to get married may apply for their marriage license in the Clerk's Recording Office. The license is valid in any Florida County for 60 days. You can apply for a license or have the marriage ceremony performed in the office anytime Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
- To obtain a marriage license both applicants need to be present.
- You will need to bring:
- Federal or state identification card showing your name and date of birth, such as driver license or passport. Birth Certificates or green cards are not accepted.
- Social Security number
- If there has been a divorce within the last six months, a certified copy of the final divorce decree is required. If it has been longer than six months, only the exact date is needed.
- Both parties must read the Family Law Handbook and sign an affidavit stating that it was read. The book is also available in Spanish.
Waiting Period & Discounted License
There is a 3-day waiting period before Florida residents can use the marriage license to get married. The waiting period can be waived if both applicants have completed a counseling course with an approved Marital Course Provider. There is no waiting period for non-Florida residents, but if the couple has one Florida resident, the waiting period applies.
All area Marital Course Providers must be registered with the Clerk, for providers that wish to register with the Clerk, view Instructions on How to Register.
Copies and Certified Copies of Marriage Licenses
If your license was obtained in another county or state, you must search the records in that county or state.
For more information, please call 239-533-5007.