Marriage License Bureau
In order to become legally married in the state of Florida both bride and groom must apply for a marriage license in person. There is no residency or citizenship requirement to apply for a Florida marriage license.
After a marriage license has been obtained, the marriage ceremony can be performed. A brief civil ceremony can be performed by a Deputy Clerk at any of the Marriage License Offices.
The marriage ceremony must be performed within 60 days of the issuance of the license. After the marriage ceremony, the marriage license must be returned to the Miami-Dade County Marriage License Bureau.
The state requires all Florida residents to take a four hour premarital course or wait three days for the marriage license to be effective. This does not apply to non-Florida residents. A directory of premarital course providers is available online or at all district court locations.
When applying for a marriage license both bride and groom must apply in person. If one or more of the applicants are minors, under 18 years of age, additional requirements apply.
All applicants must present the following:
- One (1) valid identification is required with the applicant's picture, signature, and date of birth, a Driver License issued by any state in the U.S., Passport, a U.S. Military ID, Alien Registration Card, or State of Florida ID issued by DMV are acceptable. Anyone issued a Social Security Card must provide their number.
- All U.S. citizens and residents must provide their Social Security Number.
- Non-U.S. Citizens may provide one of the following valid Identifications: Alien Registration Card, US State issued Driver's License, or Passport if they do not have a Social Security Number.
- If either applicant has been previously married, the exact date of the last divorce, death or annulment must be provided. If the divorce took place in Miami-Dade County go to the Family Online Case Search and view the docket link for final judgment date which is date of divorce.