How to Get a Marriage License in Florida

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

Things You'll Need

  • Travel Guides
  • Bridal Bouquets
  • Wedding Rings
  • Airline Tickets

Instructions

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

  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).

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

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

  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).

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

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

  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.

  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 & Warnings

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

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