Marriage License Frequently Asked Questions

Marriage License Frequently Asked Questions
1) What is needed to apply for a Marriage License?

Both Parties must be present with a valid State or Government Issued Identification. There may be other requirements if the Applicant is under the age of 18. Please visit our Marriage License web page for more information.

2) May I apply for the Marriage License and get married the same day?

Out-of-State Residents are able to apply and have their ceremony performed the same day. (The 3-day waiting period required by Florida Law does not apply if both applicants are out of state residents.) Florida Residents may have the 3-day waiting period waived if they present a Certificate of Completion of Premarital Preparation Course from a qualified registered course provider. The 3-day waiting period commences when applicants appear in person and the license is issued by the Clerk.

3) What language can my ceremony be performed in?

Our office is currently able to perform ceremonies in English and Spanish. 

4) How soon do I need to apply for my Marriage License?

Florida marriage licenses are valid for 60 days from the effective date. The marriage ceremony must be performed between the effective date and the expiration date on the license.

5) Must I apply for a marriage license in the county where I live?

No. A marriage license may be applied for and solemnized in any Florida county.

6) Who may perform marriage ceremonies?

The following individuals may perform marriage ceremonies:
All regularly ordained ministers of the gospel, elders in communion with a church, or other ordained clergy. All judicial officers, including retired judicial officers, Clerks of the Circuit Courts, and public notaries of this state. "Quakers" or "Friends," may perform marriages in the manner and form used or practiced in their societies.

7) May I get married in the Clerk’s office?

Yes. Deputy clerks are authorized and available during normal working hours, Monday through Friday, to perform ceremonies. No appointment is necessary. Please review our fee section for ceremonies.

8) How long does it take to get a copy of our marriage record?

You will receive a certified copy of your marriage certificate approximately 2 weeks after the officiator returns it to our office to be recorded.

9) Is a blood Test required ?

No. Blood tests are no longer required in the state of Florida.

Contact Marriage License
Supervisor: Ronda Powers
Supervisor Title: Supervisor
Mailing Address
Attn: Marriage License
P.O. Box 25400
Bradenton, FL 34206
Physical Address
1115 Manatee Avenue West
Bradenton, FL 34205