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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Daily Wedding Planning Tip: Applying For Your Marriage License



Applying for your marriage license is an important part of the wedding planning process.  Florida's rules are fairly simple.  Here is the gist of what you need to know:

  1. There is a three (3) day waiting period unless you have completed a licensed premarital course
  2. If you and your fiance have children together that were born in Florida,  you also have to complete an additional form called the  Affirmation of Children Born in Florida form (DH743A). The form has to be notarized.
  3. You and your fiance must apply together in person
  4. You each must show a valid driver's license, a valid state identification card, a valid passport or valid military identification
  5. Both parties must provide their Social Security numbers
  6. If either party has been previously married, the party must provide the date their last marriage ended
  7. The license is valid for 60 days
  8. You will pay a fee of $93.50 ($61 if you have completed a licensed premarital course)
Marriage licenses are issued by counties and you can apply for your license at any county clerk's office.  If you live in Orange County, you can use the  downloadable form from their site to save you some time when you go to their office.  We always recommend picking up the license before the last two weeks of planning; this ensures you don't forget to get it and you enjoy the days before your wedding entertaining any out of town guests.  

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2 comments:

Jeanette Caro said...

icI just recently got married and was expecting a marriage license that looks like my birth certificate but all I got back is the same application rubber stamped... Is this a problem or is this the new marriage license as well... ???

Kerline Docteur said...

It's not a "Certificate" like most expect.