Marriage License Information
DISCLAIMER: We are not licensed attorneys and the information posted on this page is for informational purposes only. PLEASE CALL ANY FLORIDA CLERK OF THE COURTS OFFICE DIRECTLY WITH YOUR MARRIAGE LICENSE QUESTIONS.
Marriage license in the Orlando, Florida area:
- The Bride & Groom must attend the courthouse with their individual Driver's Licenses or certified copies of their individual Birth Certificates and a photo ID. Each party must be at least 18 years of age.
- Social Security Numbers must be provided at the time of requesting the license.
- If the Bride or Groom has been previously divorced, or widowed, the exact date of the termination of the last marriage must be provided.
- The license is valid for 60 days from the date of issue. The marriage must occur within this 60-day window.
- The Bride & Groom are both required to read a Marriage Handbook, which is available at the Clerk of Court office, prior to the license being issued.
- This year the fee for the license is $88.50 (minimum). Some Florida counties have raised this fee, but it should not be more than $113.50. The fee can be lowered provided that the Bride & Groom take a four-hour premarital preparation course prior to applying for the license and present the Clerk of Court with proof of having taken the course.
- Payment can be made with cash, money order, Visa, or MasterCard. Personal checks are not accepted.
- All fees are non-refundable. Marriage licenses can be obtained through the mail-but at a considerable cost. We will be glad to advise you to the place that offers the best prices.
Central Florida Locations for Licenses
Hours of operation: 8:00am to 4:30pm (Monday-Friday, excluding holidays)
Orange County, Florida
Osceola County, Florida
- 425 N. Orange Avenue, RM#355, Orlando, FL Phone:(407) 836-2067
- 1111N. Rock Springs Road, Apopka, FL Phone: (407) 654-1030
- 475 W. Story Road, Ocoee, FL Phone: (407) 836-2007
- 450 N. Lakemont Ave., Winter Park, FL. (407) 671-1116
Seminole County, Florida
- 2 Courthouse Square, Kissimmee, Florida Phone: (407) 343-3530
- 301 N. Park Avenue, 4th Floor Sanford, FL Phone: (407) 665-4330
- State Road 434, Ste. 403 Altamonte Springs, FL Phone: (407) 862-5373
- 376 Wilshire Blvd. Casselberry, FL Phone:(407) 830-7337
What papers or documents I need?
Answer: A valid photo ID. That's all!
- To be married in Florida you must have a Florida marriage license.
- You DO NOT need a marriage license to renew your vows or for commitment ceremonies
- Both parties must be 18 years of age or older.
- No blood test or physical required.
- The marriage license fee is $93.50 and some counties take cash only as their only method of payment. *Read below to visit Clerk of the Courts Websites for detailed information.
- A marriage license may be applied for in any county in the State of Florida during normal business hours. Their offices are NOT open on weekends or major US Holidays. Please check with any of the Clerk's sites listed below their Holiday Schedule.
- Both parties must be present and each party must have a valid photo identification such as a driver's license, state identification card, government or military identification card, or a passport.
- A social security number is required to obtain a marriage license; you don't need the card, just the number. If either party is from a foreign country and not a US citizen a valid passport is acceptable.
- No Residency require and there is No Waiting period for couples that do not live in Florida.
- Florida residents only have a 3-day waiting period, unless a premarital course is taken. If you do not live in Florida, you can get married the same day you obtain your marriage license.
- Just the two of you? It's OK! Witnesses are not required to get married in Florida
- If either party has been married previously, you will need to know the date the prior marriage(s) ended - no paperwork needed. If the date of the divorce was within the thirty days prior to the new application for a marriage license, a certified copy of the recorded final order might be required. Check with the appropriate County first (see below).
- Couples are required by law to read a handbook supplied by the Clerk and sign a statement acknowledging that they have read the handbook before applying for the license. This can be done the same day as applying for the license.
- Marriage license valid 60 days from the date issued.
- Couples that are NOT US Citizens - you may need an Apostille from the Florida Department of State's office in order to change your name with your foreign country.
- Click here for details on how to obtain an Apostille.
- You may also contract an experienced consultant to process the Apostille for a service fee.
- Click here for the consultant's website.
What happens to the license after you get married?
The Officiants certifies the license and mails it back to the Courthouse. The Courthouse "records" your marriage and mails you a Certified copy as your Certificate. Process takes a few weeks. When you get your certificate in the mail, that is what you use to change your name with the Social Security Office
, driver's license place, etc. if you wish to do that.
You can obtain your Florida Marriage License at ANY Clerk of the Courts in Florida and is valid to use anywhere in the State of Florida.
For the convenience of those staying in Central Florida, the following are the websites of local offices for your reference:
CALL ANY FLORIDA CLERK'S OFFICE WITH YOUR MARRIAGE LICENSE OR LEGAL QUESTIONS INSTEAD OF US PLEASE!
Aready got married? You should receive your Marriage Certificate in the mail within a month or so. Click here
to check Florida State's Marriage License Records data base. Please be aware that record of your marriage might take up to 2 months ore more to show up on the system.