Is a waiting period required?

If both applicants are not a resident of the State of Florida, then no waiting period is required. If either applicant is a resident of the State of Florida, then Florida does require a three day waiting period from the date you apply for your license. If both applicants have taken a premarital preparation course within one year prior to applying for their marriage license, from a course provider registered with the Clerk of Courts in Florida the waiting period will then be waived.

Example for the three day waiting period:

  • License obtained on Monday, effective date will be Thursday
  • License obtained on Tuesday, effective date will be Friday
  • License obtained on Wednesday, effective date will be Saturday
  • License obtained on Thursday, effective date will be on Sunday
  • License obtained on Friday, effective date will be on Monday

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1. Where can I obtain a certified copy of a marriage license?
2. What is age limit a person can get a marriage license without parental consent?
3. If under the age of 18, can I still get a marriage license?
4. Is a waiting period required?
5. Is a blood test required?
6. Who can perform marriage ceremonies?
7. If I get a marriage license in the State of Florida, can I take it to another state to be married?
8. How long is a marriage license good for?
9. Will we have to read any material prior to our marriage license being issued?
10. Must I be a Florida resident or a U.S. Citizen to apply for a marriage license?
11. Do I need to bring witnesses?
12. Can I marry a relative?
13. Can I marry a person of the same sex as I am?
14. Is my marriage in another state to a person of the same sex recognized in Florida?