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Marriage License - Frequently Asked Questions

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Marriage License - Frequently Asked Questions

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1.Who may apply for a Marriage License?

Any resident or non-resident may apply.

2.If either party is a minor, is the consent of both parents required?

View the additional requirements for minor applicants. 

3.Is there a waiting period prior for issuance of a Marriage License?

  • Yes, there is a three (3) day waiting period for those Florida residents who opt not to take the (4 hour minimum) Premarital Course (you will receive your marriage license on the day you apply, but it will not become effective until after the three days, the effective date is always indicated on the marriage license next to the expiration date). As described by F.S. 741.01 which became effective on January 4, 1999.
  • This does not apply to non-Florida residents.

4.What does the State of Florida new Marriage Laws, as per F.S. 741.01 require?

The State of Florida new Marriage Law, (F.S. 741.01) which became effective on January 4, 1999, requires all Florida residents applying for a Marriage License, to take a four(4) hour Premarital Course or wait three (3) days as of the date the Marriage License is issued in order for it to be effective.

5.Are any medical examinations required in order to apply for a Marriage License?

No. There are no medical exams or blood tests required in order to apply for a Marriage License. The law requiring these tests was abolished on October 1st, 1986.

6.How much does it cost to get a certified copy of my Marriage License?

Visit the fee schedule for a complete list of our current fees.

7.Who can provide Premarital Courses?

The following is a list of qualified Premarital Course providers:

  • A psychologist licensed under chapter F.S. 490; or
  • A clinical social worker licensed under F.S. 491; or
  • A marriage and family therapist licensed under F.S. 491; or
  • A mental health counselor licensed under F.S. 491; or
  • An official representative of a religious institution which is recognized under F.S. 496.404(201), with relevant training.

Visit our Premarital Course Provider Search to locate a register premarital course provider near you.

8.If I need any further information in reference to the recent changes in the Marriage Laws in the State of Florida what can I do?

Please call the Marriage License Bureau at: (305) 375-3019.

9.  Can I have a marriage ceremony without a Marriage License?

No, Section 741.08 F.S. states that the party performing the marriage ceremony shall require a properly issued license before performing the ceremony.

10.Where can I apply for a Marriage License in Miami-Dade County and what are the office hours and days of operation?

You may apply for a Marriage License in Miami-Dade Countyat any of the following of these locations.

In order to speed up the process, please fill our online pre-application, print it and bring it with you to one of the offices listed above for the application process to be completed.

11.What is the Fee for a Marriage License?

Visit the fee schedule for a complete list of our current fees. Payment is accepted in cash, cashier's check, money order, Visa or MasterCard. Personal checks are not accepted.

12.Once a Marriage License is issued, how long is it valid for?

A Marriage License is valid for sixty days from the date it was issued. The marriage must be solemnized within that time.

13.Who may perform my marriage ceremony?

Your marriage ceremony may be performed by any of the following:

  • Any ordained minister, priest, rabbi or other ordained clergy;
  • All judicial officers (Judges) of the State of Florida;
  • Clerks of the Circuit Court and their deputies of the State of Florida, while performing their duties; and
  • Public Notaries of the State of Florida.

14.After my marriage ceremony, when and who should return the Marriage License to the Clerk's Office?

A Marriage License should be returned to the Marriage License Bureau by the party who performed the wedding ceremony.

15. I do not have a marriage ceremony planned, can I be married at the Clerk's Office?

  • If you would like, the Miami-Dade County Clerk's Office can perform your marriage ceremony. A brief civil ceremony can be performed at any of the Marriage License Offices. A small room has been designated as a Marriage Room and decorated by the clerks at each location for the purpose of holding marriage ceremonies. You may wish to bring family and friends, as well as flowers and a photographer or a camera.
  • Visit the fee schedule for a list of our marriage ceremonial service fees.

16.Can I make an appointment for my marriage ceremony?

To schedule a marriage ceremony you may inquire at the time of application.

17.How can I get a certified copy of my Marriage License?

The certified copy of a Marriage License, also known as Certificate of Marriage can be obtained in writing or in person. View instructions on how to obtain certified copies of a Marriage License.

18.I need special accommodations what do I need to do?

As per the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990;  anyone needing special accommodations to access these services should contact the ADA Coordinator.

19. I was previously married, what do I need in order to have a Marriage License issued?

If either applicant has been previously married, the exact date of the last divorce, death or annulment must be provided.  If the divorce took place in Miami-Dade County go to the Family Online Case Search and view the docket link for final judgement date which is date of divorce.