Bay County Marriage License, FL
Florida Code Title XLIII Domestic Relations Chapter 741 Marriage
Marriage License Fees:
$93.50 – wo/ Premarital Course Certificate
$61.00 – w/ Premarital Course Certificate
300 East 4th Street
Panama City, FL 32401
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. / M – F
(except for Court Approved Holidays)
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Marriage Application Requirement Florida: ✔ Get Copy Of Birth Certificate
To complete the application for a marriage license, a couple must:
Both applicants must be at least 18 years of age to apply without parental consent.
If either applicant is under the age of 18 years but at least 16 years of age, a birth certificate and proof of identification is required, along with notarized written consent form of the parents or guardian.
Applicants under 16 years of age must obtain a determination from a County Court Judge.
A blood test is not required.
A $93.50 fee is required at time of marriage license application.
When applying for a marriage license, upon furnishing a valid certificate of completion from a premarital course conducted by a registered premarital provider the application fee shall be reduced from $93.50 to $61.00.
A printed copy of the premarital course completion certificate must be presented to the Clerk of the Circuit Court for filing to receive the application fee reduction.
Both applicants must also read the “Family Law Handbook”. This is required by law.
Be sure to contact your local Bay County Clerk’s Office well in advance of the wedding to find out on what days and during what hours the Clerk will be in the office. Some locales may require an appointment.
Marriage ID Requirement Florida: ✔ Get Copy Of Birth Certificate
Photo identification (such as a driver’s license, state ID card, or valid passport or I-94 card.)
Both parties will also have to provide their Social Security numbers, but do not need to provide their Social Security Cards.
You may be asked for a certified copy of your birth certificate.
Marriage Waiting Period Florida:
Florida Residents have a 3 day waiting period unless they meet the following criteria:
If both parties are Florida Residents and have attended a 4 hour pre-marital course, they do not have a three day waiting period. Each applicant must provide proof of course completion when applying for the marriage license. The course provider must list the hours completed for the counseling and the letter must be presented on the company/church letterhead.
All area course providers must be registered with the County Clerk of Courts per Florida Statute 741.0305 (5).
If both parties are non-Florida Residents, you do not need to provide proof of pre-marital counseling. As non-residents of the State of Florida, you do not have a waiting period. However, all couples that apply for a marriage license must read the Family Law Handbook.
Additionally, both residents and non-residents of Florida may receive a $32.50 discount on their marriage license by completing a premarital course. The course must be completed no more than one year prior to the date of application for a marriage license. Both parties must attend the course and, once again, a certificate of completion must be presented at the time of application to be eligible for the discount.
Marriage Residency Requirement Florida:
You need not be a resident of Florida to apply for a marriage license in Bay County.
If you have been previously married, the date of your divorce or date of your spouse’s death must be supplied. If the divorce or spouse’s death occurred within the past 30 days, a certified copy of the divorce decree or death certificate is required.
Marriage Blood Test Florida:
No. Blood Tests are not required.
Marriage License Fees Florida:
The standard fee for a marriage license is $93.50. The reduced fee for applicants (Florida residents only) who have completed course attendance is $61.00. Preferred method of payment is cash. For guidance on additional methods of payment, please call ahead.
Marriage Preparation Course Florida:
As of January 1, 1999, Florida residents who take a marriage preparation course offered by an approved provider can receive certain privileges. If both members of the couple are Florida residents, you will receive a $32.50 discount on the marriage license fee. In addition, the three-day waiting period will be waived. Both partners must prove that they took the course within the last twelve months.
A certificate of completion of an approved marriage preparation course given by a qualified instructor will be accepted as proof. Also, a letter from an official representative of a religious institution recognized under the Florida Statute will be accepted. This letter should be on the clergy member’s official stationery.
Non-Florida residents are not entitled to the fee reduction for taking an approved marriage preparation course. They must pay the entire fee $93.50. However, if they have taken an accepted marriage preparation course, the three-day waiting period will be waived.
It is important that you verify all information with your local Bay County Clerk’s Office before making a trip to purchase your marriage license.
Proxy Marriages Florida:
Cousin Marriages Florida:
Yes. First and second cousins may legally marry in Florida.
Common Law Marriages Florida:
Marriage Age Requirements Florida: ✔ Get Copy Of Birth Certificate
The legal age for marriage without parental consent is eighteen (18) years of age.
The legal age for marriage, with parent’s consent, is sixteen (16).
The marriage application may not be issued, for anyone under the age of sixteen, unless the bride has a doctor’s certification that she is pregnant. At that time, both the groom and bride will sign the affidavit stating that they are the parents of an expected child, and the parent(s) will sign consent(s) to the marriage.
If the bride has a doctor certificate of pregnancy, whether or not the parents consent to the marriage, a hearing will be held before the county judge with proper notice to the parent(s).
A minor who has been previously married may also apply for a license.
Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed. If you need to change your last name, you can use an online marriage name change kit.
Marriage Officiants Florida:
Any ordained or licensed clergy, notary publics, and justices of the peace.[the_ad id="38147"]
Marriage Witnesses Florida:
Witnesses are not required in the State of Florida.
Expiration Date of Marriage License Florida:
Marriage license is valid for 60 days after issuance.
You must perform the ceremony of marriage before this 60 days has expired.
Department of Children and Families
Division of Vital Statistics
P. O. Box 210
Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042
Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice. Additional information can be found on the Bay County Clerk of Courts website.