Florida Marriage Records from June 6, 1927 to the present are maintained by the Florida State Office of Vital Statistics. Marriage Records prior to June 6, 1927 are obtainable from the county Clerk of Court where the marriage license was issued. Each county in the State of Florida keeps records of marriages that take place within its county.
The following information is required to receive a copy of a marriage certificate. The person requesting the information must provide his or her full name, mailing address and phone number. The full name of the husband and wife, the date of marriage and the city or county in which the marriage took place must also be provided.
It may take 2 or 3 weeks to receive the requested documents. However, a rush service may be requested. It normally takes three business days for a rush service to be processed. Documents will be mailed as first class mail.
There is a $5 fee for one copy of a marriage record. Additional copies are $4 each. There are no restrictions or limits on ordering these documents. The fee is required to search Florida marriage records and is non-refundable. If the requested record is not found, a statement of "not found" will be issued.
To obtain a marriage license in the state of Florida both parties must apply for the marriage license in person at the same time.
Applicants may be required to provide two forms of identification. One form will be a photo ID that is issued by the federal or state government. This ID must have the full legal name, birth date and signature of the applicant, such as a Passport, Driver's license or military ID. Another form of ID that may be required is a social security number or an alien registration number.
Applicants are not required to take a blood test to be married in the state of Florida. There is also no requirement for applicants to be a resident of the State of Florida to obtain a marriage license.
If either applicant has been married before, he or she must provide the exact date of the divorce and the state and county where the divorce was granted, or provide information that the spouse is deceased.
The minimum legal age to be married in the state of Florida without parental consent is 18 years. Anyone under the age of 18 applying for a marriage license must have consent of both parents. If custody has been granted to only one parent, or if one of the parents is deceased, proof of such facts must be provided.
The fee for a marriage license is $93.50. After receiving the marriage license, the couple must wait at least three days before a marriage ceremony can be performed. However, one exception to these rules is if the couple attends a pre-marital course from a registered provider. The fee will be $61 and the 3 day waiting period will be waived.
To obtain a Florida marriage certificate, take these outlined steps:
Download the Application for Marriage Record form.
Carefully read the instructions and complete the form. Include full names of bride and groom, date and place the marriage took place (or additional years to be researched), and the state filing number, if known.
Mail the form to the address below with a check or money order for the search fee of $5.
For further assistance, contact the following department:
Florida Office of Vital Statistics
Attn: Client Services
P.O. Box 210
Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042
Information on Requesting Florida Marriage Records
Any time a marriage takes place in the state of Florida, the official marriage license is filed with the Clerk of the Court in the county the marriage took place. Thereafter, the Clerk's Office forwards the original license to the Florida Office of Vital Statistics for permanent filing. For marriage records from June 6, 1927 to the present, the Vital Statistics office maintains the data. However, for any request for marriage records prior to this timeframe, you should go directly to the county Clerk of the Court office.
Are Florida Marriage Records Available to Anyone?
In Florida, marriage records are not considered confidential. Therefore, anyone may make a request to the Vital Statistics office for a marriage record with the official form and fee.
Online Access to Florida Marriage Records
Florida does not process online requests. However, they have partnered with VitalCheck.com to process online marriage record requests for an additional fee, which is payable by credit card.