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How To Get Married in Florida

To marry in the State of Florida, you must obtain a Florida marriage license. If you are a Florida resident, the processing time for that license is three days (unless you participate in the premarital preparation course). If you are an out-of-state resident, you can apply for that license at any Florida Court House Clerk of Courts / Recording office, and you will walk out with your license that very day. In both cases, you will be required to present with the appropriate documentation. In both cases, your license will be valid for 60 days. Click here to learn about the Florida marriage license requirements.

Premarital blood testing is not required in the state of Florida.

You will be required to present your marriage license and valid photo ID at time of ceremony.

You are only required to have witnesses sign your wedding license when married by a non-notary member of the Clergy. When married by a Florida State-authorized notary, witnesses are not necessary.

Your officiant has 10 days after your ceremony to submit your license to the Clerk of Courts where you obtained it. It sometimes takes up to 30 days for that Clerk of Courts to mail to you the official marriage paperwork that will allow you to change your name, change insurance, etc., so if those things are of urgent nature, you will want to stay on top of the situation yourself.


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