Getting married in Florida

Florida, like many states in the US, is not a difficult place to marry as the main focus is all about the Marriage Licence which is relatively straight-forward to organise. Have a look at our full checklist of things to do below, but make sure to always be in constant contact with your local embassy in the US for the most up to the minute updates.

  1. Like all marriages in the US, the primary objective is always organising the Marriage Licence. So once you’ve arrived in Florida, we recommend contacting the Clerk of Court. You will then need to go and visit the Clerk with your future spouse and all of the documents listed below.
  2. You will have to pay the Marriage Licence which is $93.50. If you are a resident of Florida and have completed a premarital preparation course then the price drops to $61. After all the paperwork has been approved by the Clerk, you will have a 3 day waiting period during which you cannot legally wed.
  3. After the 3 day waiting period, you and your future spouse then have a 60 day window in which to tie the knot.
  4. Get a priest/minister/judge or clerk to marry you and your partner.
  5. In terms of the person who legally wed you and your partner, be that a priest, judge, minister of clerk – make sure that they send the Marriage Licence to the County Clerk within 10 days of your wedding.
  6. Once the County Clerk has authorised everything they will return the Licence to you and then you are officially husband and wife. Happy days!

Necessary documents

  • Passport.
  • Passport sized photos.
  • Birth certificate.
  • Copy of the 2 witnesses’ passports.
  • Florida Marriage Licence Fee.
  • Proof of residential address for both partners.
  • Affidavit stating that you can legally marry.
  • Divorce certificate (if necessary from previous marriage).
  • Death certificate (if you have been widowed).

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