How to Get a Marriage License in Florida

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How to Get a Marriage License in Florida. If you plan to get married in Florida, you have a good chance of having nice weather on your wedding day.

Step 1

Note that you don't need a blood test to be married in this state.

Step 2

Make sure you're both 18 years of age or older (an exception is made for people who have been married before or who have a child or are expecting one).

Step 3

Understand that the requirements and fees vary from county to county. The price is in the $50 to $90 range.

Step 4

Check with the county clerk's office to find out what the rules are in your area.

Step 5

Expect to take a premarital preparation course to qualify for a license if you're a Florida resident. Completing the course entitles you to a small discount on the license (around $30 off in some counties).

Step 6

Ask for this requirement to be waived if you're from out of state.

Step 7

Apply at the clerk's office in person with your mate to obtain the license.

Step 8

Bring a photo identification with you and provide your Social Security number. Remember that Florida's new law requires state residents to sign a sworn affidavit with both their Social Security number and age.

Step 9

Realize that residents who complete the premarital course can receive their license on the same day they apply. The same is true for out-of-state applicants and hardship cases.

Tips

  • Deputy clerks can perform the marriage ceremony for a nominal fee. There are no citizenship requirements for marriages in Florida.