Florida law requires a couple to obtain a marriage license in order to have a legally binding wedding ceremony. Some states require a medical examination or blood tests in order to obtain a license. All require proof of identification and a license application fee.
The marriage license application fee in Orange County is $93.50. That fee is reduced by $32.50 if proof is provided of a premarital preparation course (applies to FL residents only).
Payment options include cash, money orders, MasterCard, Discover and AmEx (Visa is not accepted for this transaction).
Personal checks are not accepted.
There is a 3-day waiting period for couples who live in Orange County but do not provide proof that they have completed a premarital preparation course.
A couple claiming hardship can petition a judge to waive the wait.
There is no waiting period for non-residents.
The marriage license can be used in any county in the Florida; however, a FL marriage license cannot be used out-of-state.
You can apply for a marriage license application at any of the Clerk's five locations
Florida law requires all couples wishing to get married to apply for a marriage license. Please review the information below for marriage license requirements.
Who may apply for a marriage license?
Any male or female age 18 or older
A minor whose parents are deceased and no guardian is appointed
Minors who under oath swear that they are parents or expectant parents of a child can petition a judge to issue a license. A pregnancy must be confirmed by a licensed physician
A previously married minor
A person age 16 or 17 with parental or guardian consent
Please Note: If person is a minor, both parents must give consent unless the parents are divorced and the custody and control of the child is placed with one parent. All written consents must be notarized, which can be done at the Clerk's Office for a fee of $7.00. If divorced, the parent must present a certified copy of the divorce papers.
If the parties applying for a license have children together that were born in Florida, they must fill out the Affirmation of Children Born in Florida form (DH743A). This form requires notarization, which can be done at the Clerk’s Office for a fee of $7.00
Both parties must apply together in person
Each party must show a valid driver's license, a valid state identification card, a valid passport or valid military identification
Both parties must provide their Social Security numbers
If either party has been previously married, the party must provide the date his or her last marriage ended
Couples are required by law to read the Family Law Handbook supplied by the clerk and sign a statement acknowledging that they have done so before applying for the license
What is the cost of a marriage ceremony at the Clerk's Office?
A ceremony at the Clerk's Office is $30. Deputy clerks are authorized to perform ceremonies. They are held from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m Monday through Friday at our Apopka, Ocoee and Winter Park offices. At the Orlando courthouse, ceremonies are held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The fee for this service is set by Florida Statute and is $30.00. Ceremonies are performed on a first come, first served basis at each of our offices.
How long is a marriage license valid once it is issued?
The marriage license is valid for sixty (60) days.
Who may perform the ceremony?
The following officials are authorized by Florida law to perform marriage ceremonies:
Elders in communion with a church
All Florida judges
Clerks of Court and their deputized employees
Notaries Public of the State of Florida
The law provides that ceremonies also may be performed among Quakers or "Friends" in the manner and form used or practiced in their societies.
May a marriage be solemnized without a license?
No. Section 741.08, Florida Statutes, states that the party solemnizing the marriage shall require a properly issued license before performing the ceremony.
741.08 Marriage not to be solemnized without a license.— Before any of the persons named in s. 741.07 shall solemnize any marriage, he or she shall require of the parties a marriage license issued according to the requirements of s. 741.01, and within 10 days after solemnizing the marriage he or she shall make a certificate thereof on the license, and shall transmit the same to the office of the county court judge or clerk of the circuit court from which it issued.
When and who should return the license to the Clerk?
A marriage cannot be officially recorded until the license is returned to the Clerk. It should be returned within 10 days of the wedding. The party that performed the marriage is responsible for returning the completed license.
Name Changes on Other Documents
If your marriage means a change in name or address, remember to notify the following agencies:
Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Division of Driver Licenses