With your big day fast approaching, you feel as though there is something important you forgot to do. What could that be? YOUR MARRIAGE LICENSE! People often get so wrapped up with planning their wedding, especially if you’re doing it on your own, that they forget or aren’t sure how to even obtain one. Obtaining a marriage license is easy to do, especially if you know the inside tips.
What Do I Need?
Marriage licenses are issued by a county court judge or clerk of the circuit court, and therefore require some sort of identification. Both parties will need to provide a picture ID such as a driver’s license, state ID card, or valid passport. Additionally, you will need to provide your Social Security number, but do not need the Social Security Cards.
How Much Does a Marriage License Cost?
In the State of Florida, a marriage license will cost you $93.50. Who knew love could be so expensive??
Don’t worry! Marriage license fees can be reduced by up to $32.50 if you complete a licensed Florida Pre-Marital course, totalling $61.00. So if you’re afraid of going over budget or just want to reduce some costs, this is the solution!
How Long are Marriage Licenses Valid For?
After issuance of a marriage license, you have 60 days to perform a ceremony before it expires. Additionally, there is a 3 Day waiting period after issuance before you can get married. This is 3 day waiting period is waived, however, if you have completed the licensed Florida Pre-Marital course.
How Do We Turn in The Signed Marriage License?
After the ceremony, it is the Officiant’s responsibility to turn in the marriage license. You should receive a copy of it, either by mail or picking it up in person at the County Clerk’s office. After that, you’re done and ready to live your happily ever after!