Marriage LicenseDo you have your marriage license? No legal marriage is complete without it. In order for your marriage to be legally recognized you need to purchase a marriage license in the state where the ceremony will take place. Every state’s requirements vary so be sure that you consult the official Florida Marriage Guide for current, accurate information about how to be legally married in the sunshine state.


  • Valid marriage licenses are only issued by the clerk of court in every county in Florida.
  • You cannot use a marriage license issued by another state in Florida.
  • You may purchase a marriage license in any county and be married in another one.
  • Both you and your fiancé must appear in person to purchase the license.
  • You will need two standard forms of identification.
  • There is no waiting period for non-residents from the moment you purchase your license.
  • In-state residents have a 3-day waiting period before you can use your license, with one exception explained below.
  • The marriage license fee for both out-of-state and Florida residents is $93.50.
  • Florida residents who show evidence of the completion of a state recognized course in pre-marital preparation receive a $32.50 discount on their license fee. You are permitted to use your license immediately, with no waiting period.
  • No blood tests are required in order to purchase your marriage license.
  • A marriage license issued in the state of Florida is valid to be used within 60 days of the date of issue.

The person performing your wedding is responsible for retrieving the marriage license from you before the wedding ceremony begins. Your DeArruda Weddings officiant will sign your license and forward it to the clerk of court within 10 days of the completion of the ceremony. We always keep an electronic copy of your signed marriage license on file. Should you need a copy we will provide it for you. The clerk of court will send you an official copy with the seal of the court after it has been filed.

Tip: Put “Get our marriage license” on the top of your wedding “to do” list. If you are not a resident of Florida and plan to acquire your license when you arrive, prior to your wedding day, make sure to build extra time into your schedule to make your way to the nearest county court house during regular business hours. Contact information for every clerk of court by county can be found at Florida Marriage Guide.

Call (727) 642-2090