Marriage License - Frequently Asked Questions
Any resident or non-resident may apply.
View the additional requirements for minor applicants.
- Yes, there is a three (3) day waiting period for those Florida residents who opt not to take the (4 hour minimum) Premarital Course (you will receive your marriage license on the day you apply, but it will not become effective until after the three days, the effective date is always indicated on the marriage license next to the expiration date). As described by F.S. 741.01 which became effective on January 4, 1999.
- This does not apply to non-Florida residents.
The State of Florida new Marriage Law, (F.S. 741.01) which became effective on January 4, 1999, requires all Florida residents applying for a Marriage License, to take a four(4) hour Premarital Course or wait three (3) days as of the date the Marriage License is issued in order for it to be effective.
No. There are no medical exams or blood tests required in order to apply for a Marriage License. The law requiring these tests was abolished on October 1st, 1986.
Visit the fee schedule for a complete list of our current fees.
The following is a list of qualified Premarital Course providers:
- A psychologist licensed under chapter F.S. 490; or
- A clinical social worker licensed under F.S. 491; or
- A marriage and family therapist licensed under F.S. 491; or
- A mental health counselor licensed under F.S. 491; or
- An official representative of a religious institution which is recognized under F.S. 496.404(201), with relevant training.
Visit our Premarital Course Provider Search to locate a register premarital course provider near you.
Please call the Marriage License Bureau at: (786) 469-2400.
No, Section 741.08 F.S. states that the party performing the marriage ceremony shall require a properly issued license before performing the ceremony.