In accordance with review by legal counsel and the clarification received by the Clerk's Office through Judge Hinkle's order, effective January 6, 2015, the Clerk's Office will issue same-gender marriage licenses.
Marriage applications are issued pursuant to Florida Statute 741.
All couples wishing to get married must apply for a marriage license. Both applicants must appear in person and bring a valid driver license, passport or state identification card. If either applicant was previously married, the date the prior marriage ended by divorce, annulment or death is required.
At the time of application, the applicants must file a statement with the Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller that they have obtained, read or otherwise accessed the information contained in the Family Law Handbook.
The Marriage Kiosk provides a quick and efficient option for the applicants to enter their information from their personal computer. After the information is entered, a transaction number is provided. The couple provides the transaction number to the deputy clerk to print the marriage application.
If both applicants are Florida residents they may wish to take a premarital preparation course, through a registered premarital provider. The marriage application must be applied for within the year the premarital course was taken. The premarital course is not mandated, but will waive the three day waiting period and reduce the license fee from $93.50 to $61.00.
If a pre-marital course is not attended by both applicants, the license will not be valid until three days after issuance. Exceptions to the waiting period are non-Florida residents applying for a license, and persons asserting hardships which are determined by the County Court Judge. For state residents, a County Court Judge may waive the delayed effective date for good cause.
Below are the requirements for marriage applications:
Both applicants must be at least 18 years of age to apply without parental consent
If either applicant is under the age of 18 years but at least 16 years of age, a birth certificate and proof of identification is required, along with notarized written consent form of the parents or guardian.
Applicants under 16 years of age must obtain a determination from a County Court Judge
A blood test is not required
A $93.50 fee is required payable by cash, credit card, check, or money order payable to the Clerk of the Circuit Court. All credit card transactions are subject to a 3.5% non-refundable fee, assessed by a third-party payment processor (nCourt)
A printed copy of the premarital course completion certificate must be presented to the Clerk of the Circuit Court for filing to receive the application fee reduction.
The marriage license is valid for sixty (60) days after the date of issuance, and may be used anywhere in the State of Florida.The completed license must be returned to the Clerk's office for recording within ten (10) days after the marriage is performed. After the license is recorded in the Official Records, one certified copy is provided as part of the marriage license fee.Additional certified copies may be purchased for $3.00 each.The original license is sent to the Florida Department of Health and Vital Statistics for permanent filing.
Contact us for more information:
Phone: (352) 341-6424
Fax: (352) 341-6413
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