There is no waiting period for Florida residents who file certification that they both have completed a premarital preparation course from a registered provider within the past 12 months. For Florida residents who have not taken the course, there is a three day waiting period between issuance of the license and the time it becomes valid for use. For non-Florida residents there is no waiting period.
The date the license is issued does count as the first day. You will need to wait two additional full days. You may then be married on the following day. For example, if you obtain your marriage license on Friday, you can marry on Monday.
Many local churches and counseling services offer the course. You may download the Roster of Premarital Preparation Course Providers.
No, the law requiring a blood test was abolished October 1, 1986.
No, a marriage license may be applied for and used in any Florida county.
No, there is no citizenship requirement.
The license is valid for 60 days after issuance. The effective date and expiration date are noted on the license. The ceremony can be performed anywhere in the State of Florida. The marriage license form must be returned to the Clerk’s Office for recording within 10 days after the marriage is performed.
Talk to your clergyman, chaplain, other religious adviser, or personal counselor.
One certified copy is provided as part of the marriage license fee. Extra certified copies are $3.00 and can be obtained by writing to:
Lake County Courthouse
P. O. Box 7800
Tavares, FL 32778
If your license was issued in any other Florida county, contact the clerk’s office in the county where it was issued, or write to:
Florida Department of Health
Division of Vital Statistics
P. O. Box 210
Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042
Phone (904) 359-6900
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