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Florida marriage laws require that couples follow the guidelines set forth below for obtaining a valid marriage license. While there is no residency requirement, there are waiting periods that may apply depending on your residency status, as well as whether you have taken the Florida premarital preparation course. Individuals under 18 who wish to marry must also obtain parental consent in Florida.
Florida Marriage Consent Laws
- With Parental Consent: Minors 16 and 17 years old can marry in Florida, but need parental consent. Minors under 16 must get the approval of a judge – a county judge must issue the marriage license regardless of parental consent.
- Without Parental Consent: Individuals 18 and older may marry in Florida without consent of a parent.
Florida Common Law Marriage
Florida does not allow common law marriages.
Florida Marriage License
- Residency: No residency requirement for a Florida marriage license.
- Identification Required: Couples must present valid picture ID such as a driver’s license or passport, as well as a social security card.
- Appearance/Proxy: There is no marriage by proxy in Florida.
- Previous Marriages: Previously married individuals must provide the date of divorce or death of an ex-spouse. If the event occurred within the last 30 days, a certified copy of the divorce decree or death certificate must also be provided.
- Length of License: Once issued, the license is valid for 60 days in Florida.
- Fees: $93.50, with a discount available to couples who have completed the Florida premarital preparation class beforehand.
- Filling Out the License/Submitting the License: Both parties must be present at the time of application for the marriage license. There is generally a 3 day waiting period for Florida residents for the license to issue after application, but residents who have completed the state-sanctioned marriage prep course within the last 12 months do not have to wait. Also, the waiting period does not apply to non-residents.
- Authorized Florida Officiants: Florida judges and ordained ministers.