Marriage Licenses

One of the functions the Clerk of Court’s Official Records Department is responsible for is issuing marriage licenses pursuant to F.S. 741 and F.S. 382.021.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I obtain a marriage license?
To begin the process for a marriage license, a marriage application must be completed. This can be started at home on your PC or you can come into our office. The marriage application is located at http://www.wakullaclerk.com/landmarkweb/marriagekiosk. Once the marriage kiosk information is completed correctly, a transaction number will appear at the top of the screen. Print that number and bring it with you to our office to finish the application process.

Do I need to be present to obtain a marriage license?
Yes, BOTH parties must come into the Clerk’s Office to complete the marriage license process together.  Once in the Clerk’s office, both parties will fill out and sign a required Premarital Statement per F.S. 741.01 and 741.04. If you have minor children together that were born in the State of Florida you will have to sign an “Affirmation of Common Child(ren) Born in Florida” form per F.S. 741.01.

How long is a marriage license valid for?
Once a marriage license is issued, it is valid for 60 days and the marriage ceremony must be performed within that time or the license will expire. Marriage ceremonies may be performed by a variety of officials which are listed in F.S. 741.07.

Effective October 1, 2014, the Wakulla County Clerk’s office no longer performs wedding ceremonies.

What identification is required to obtain a marriage license?
To obtain a marriage license BOTH parties must be present and must complete a marriage application. Both applicants are required to present a photo ID, which has the legal name, correct date of birth, and signature of the applicant. The following identification is acceptable:

  • Driver’s license
  • State ID cards
  • Military ID cards
  • Passports, foreign passports
  • Alien registration cards issued by the Immigration and Naturalization Service if the applicant is not a U.S. citizen.

Please note that expired ID cards will not be accepted.  Information found on the ID presented must match the information you enter in the name field of the application.

How old do I have to be to get married?
Applicants must be 18 years old or older. If either applicant is 17 years of age, valid ID is required along with a notarized written consent form of the parents or guardians. If one applicant is 17 years old, the older applicant to the marriage cannot be more than two years older than the younger applicant, per F.S. 741.04. No one under the age of 17 will be issued a marriage license.

How much does it cost to obtain a marriage license?
The fee for a marriage license is $86.00 with a 3-day waiting period for Florida residents. Florida residents who have completed a pre-marital preparation course and can provide a completion certificate from one of the approved course providers will only be required to pay $61.00 with no waiting period. The Clerk’s office accepts cash, check, credit card, or money order.  Note: when using a debit/credit card there is a 3.5% vendor fee added to the cost of the transaction.

Is there a waiting period between the application process and when I can get married?
It depends. First, there is no waiting period for non-residents of Florida. Second, there is a 3 day waiting period for Florida residents who have not completed a pre-marital preparation course. If only one applicant took the pre-marital course, the waiting period is still required. Third, Florida residents who have completed a pre-marital preparation course and can provide a completion certificate from one of the approved course providers will have no waiting period. You can choose a pre-marital course provider from the attached list.

Are there any other marriage requirements?
Yes, a number of other requirements may apply to you:

How do I obtain a copy of a marriage license?
To obtain a certified copy of a recorded marriage license please call  850-926-0322 or you can purchase it directly from https://www.myfloridacounty.com/ or https://www.clerkecertify.com/.

TO THE MINISTER OR OFFICIAL PERFORMING THE MARRIAGE CEREMONY:
HOW TO FILL OUT THE “CERTIFICATE OF MARRIAGE”
PLEASE USE BLACK INK ONLY!
TYPE OR PRINT THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION CLEARLY

  1. Verify Effective and Expiration dates before performing the ceremony to make sure the license is valid. (see lines 18a andl9).
  2. Item #21: MONTH, DAY, YEAR; Date must be spelled out (i.e., April 26, 2013).
  3. Item #22: CITY, TOWN or LOCATION OF MARRIAGE where the ceremony took place.
  4. Item #23a: SIGN the marriage license.
  5. Item #23c: ADDRESS OF THE PERSON PERFORMING CEREMONY.
  6. Item #23b: NAME AND TITLE OF THE PERSON PERFORMING THE CEREMONY.
  7. Item #24 & # 25 WITNESS SIGNATURES, however these are not required
  8. If a Notary Public performs the ceremony, the NOTARY SEAL WITH EXPIRATION DATE MUST BE STAMPED IN ITEM 23B. If the Notary Seal is round instead of square, place the Notary Seal on the left side of the marriage license where it states “SEAL” then print your name and title in item 23B. Note: Name/Notary Seal must be legible and must not cover up any signatures or information.
  9. WHITE OUT SHOULD NEVER BE USED. However, if it is absolutely necessary, the person making a change must initial next to the change.
  10. There is no record of marriage until the license is returned to the Clerk’s Office where it will be properly recorded and a certified copy sent to the married couple.
  11. Return marriage license to:
    Wakulla County Clerk of Court
    Attn: Marriage License Division
    3056 Crawfordville HwyCrawfordville, FL. 32327
  12. IMPORTANT NOTICE: If the marriage license is not filled out according to these instructions, it may delay the processing of the marriage license.