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Marriage license requirements for local counties listed below are copied from their official sites. 
Should the requirements change, ECC is not to be held responsible.
We do not guarantee the requirements are current!
Please visit the appropriate official site if you have any questions or concerns.

 

 

Walton County, Florida  

Marriage Licenses

Requirements

  • Both applicants must appear.
  • Both applicants must present valid, government-issued photo identification.
  • Both applicants must know their social security number
  • If either applicant has been previously married:
    • The previous marriage must have ended.
    • You must know the date the last marriage ended:
      • Date of Dissolution, or
      • Date of death of previous spouse, or
      • Date of Annulment.
    • Papers are not required. However, you must take an oath that the information you have given is true and correct.
  • If an applicant is 16-17 years old, he/she must present the following in addition to the requirements above:
    • a certified copy of his/her birth certificate, and
    • notarized parental consent from both parents.
  • A blood test is not required.
  • The marriage license fee is $93.50, payable by cash, check, or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover cards only) at the time of application.
  • All applicants are required to read a handbook prepared by the Florida Bar that details the rights and responsibilities of marriage. All applicants must sign a sworn statement affirming that they have read this handbook. To download a copy of this handbook, go to the official Walton County website.
  • COURSE REQUIREMENT or THREE-DAY WAIT for FLORIDA RESIDENTS ONLY: All Florida residents who apply for a marriage license must complete a four-hour marriage preparation course, present a Certificate of Completion for the course, and sign a statement that they have taken the course. For a list of eligible course providers, please go to the official Walton County website. For those Florida residents who do not complete this course, the applicants must wait three days before they are married. This three-day waiting period applies to Florida residents only.
    • If both applicants complete the marriage preparation course, the marriage license fee is reduced to $61.00.

Valid License

  • A marriage license is valid for only 60 days and only within the State of Florida. Thus, you may not apply for a marriage license if you are planning to be married more than two months from your application date. You may use the license to be married in any county within the State of Florida.
  • If you are planning to be married in another state or country, you must contact that jurisdiction to inquire about its marriage laws and rules.

Where to Apply for a Marriage License

Clerk of the Circuit Court
Main Office Walton County Courthouse
571 Highway 90 East
2nd Floor, Room 208
DeFuniak Springs, Fl 32433
Telephone: (850) 892-8115

 

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Walton County Courthouse
Annex 31 Coastal Centre
Boulevard
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459
Telephone: (850) 267-3066

Marriage License

  • The license must be used within sixty days of issuance.
  • The marriage license may be used in any county in the State of Florida.
  • The executed license must be returned within ten days to the county in which it was issued.

Marriage Ceremony Should a couple choose to be married by the Clerk of the Court, the fee is an additional $30.00. Ceremonies are performed Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by a deputy clerk.

Marriage Preparation Course Providers

Go to the official county website for a current list of course providers.

Who May Perform Your Marriage Ceremony in Florida (F.S. 741.07)

  • All regularly ordained ministers of the gospel or elders in communion with some church, or other ordained clergy from any state or foreign country.
  • All Florida Clerks of Court and Florida Deputy Clerks of Court.
    PLEASE NOTE: Clerks of Court, Deputy Clerks of Court, Probate Judges, etc., from outside the State of Florida ARE NOT AUTHORIZED UNDER FLORIDA LAW TO PERFORM YOUR CEREMONY.
  • All Florida notaries public.
    PLEASE NOTE: Notaries public from outside the State of Florida ARE NOT AUTHORIZED UNDER FLORIDA LAW TO PERFORM YOUR CEREMONY.
  • Florida judicial officers, including retired Florida judicial officers. Florida judicial officers who may perform a marriage ceremony include Florida state court judges, retired Florida state court judges, Federal court judges whose jurisdiction includes Florida, and retired Federal court judges whose jurisdiction included Florida.
    PLEASE NOTE: State court judges, local court judges, and probate court judges from outside the State of Florida ARE NOT AUTHORIZED UNDER FLORIDA LAW TO PERFORM YOUR CEREMONY.
     
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Okaloosa County, Florida

Marriage License Information 

Who may apply for a marriage license?

  • Any male or female age 18 or over.
  • 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. In addition, the pregnancy must be verified by a written statement of a licensed physician. When the fact of pregnancy is verified by the written statement of a licensed physician, the county court judge may, in his/her discretion, issue a license to marry.
  • A previously married minor.
  • A person age 16 or 17 with parental or guardian consent.
What if either party has been previously married?
If the marriage ended less than six months from the date application for the license is made you must present a copy of the document that ended the marriage - Final divorce decree with judge's signature or copy of the death certificate.
If the marriage ended more than six months from the date of application, you must know the month, day and year of the final divorce judgment or date of death.

Where consent is required, is consent of both parents required?
Yes, unless the parents are divorced and the sole custody and control is placed in one parent, then only the parent having such sole custody and control shall be required to give the written consent. Written consent of an incompetent parent is not required (Attorney General Opinion 49-122). All written consents must be acknowledged (notarized).

Is there a waiting period for issuance of the license?
Yes. There is a three day waiting period provided by the state legislature effective January 1, 1999, if either party is a Florida resident. Exceptions: Non-Florida residents with out of state drivers license used as proof of identity, require no waiting period. Florida residents who provide upon making application proof of completion of a 4-hour marriage preparation course provided by an instructor registered with Okaloosa County, FL, require no waiting period.

Are blood tests and physical exams required?
No. The law requiring these tests was abolished October 1, 1986.

Must I apply for a marriage license in the county where I live?
No, a marriage license may be applied for and solemnized in any Florida county.

Where can I apply for a marriage license in Okaloosa County? Go to the official county website to download the Marriage License Application & Handbook.
A marriage license may be obtained Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Clerk of Circuit Court's Office in either the Okaloosa County Courthouse, 101 E. James Lee Boulevard, Room 10, Crestview, FL or at the Okaloosa County Courthouse Annex, 1250 N. Eglin Parkway, Shalimar, FL.

How long is a marriage license valid once it is issued?
The marriage must be solemnized within sixty (60) days of issuance of the marriage license. The ceremony can be performed anywhere in the State of Florida.

Who may perform marriage ceremonies?

  • A regularly ordained minister or other ordained clergy;
  • Elders in communion with some church;
  • All judicial officers (judges) of the State of Florida;
  • Clerks of Circuit Court and their deputies of the State of Florida; and
  • Notaries Public of the State of Florida.
  • In addition, the law provides that marriages may be performed among "Quakers" or "Friends," in the manner and form used or practiced in their societies.

 

Who is a "regularly ordained minister"?
He/she is a minister who has been recognized in the manner required by the regulations of the respective denomination to perform marriage ceremonies.

May a marriage be solemnized without a license?
No, Section 741.08 F.S. states that the party solemnizing the marriage shall require a properly issued license before performing the ceremony.

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 ten days after the wedding. The party who performed the marriage is responsible for returning the completed license.

Can I be married in the Clerk's Office?
Yes. Deputy Clerks are authorized and available during normal working hours to perform marriage ceremonies. The fee for this service is set by Florida Statute and is currently $30.00.

What is the fee for a marriage license?
 Go to the official county website for fee structure.

Can I pay for my marriage license with a personal check?
In Okaloosa County, checks are accepted for a marriage license. Checks should be made payable to the Clerk of Court.

Changing information on documents:
If your marriage means a change in name and/or address, remember to make the following important notifications:

  1. Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Division of Drivers License.
  2. Your nearest Social Security office.
  3. Your voter's registration office.
  4. Military Reserve commanding officer.
  5. Beneficiaries: Members of your family are probably named as beneficiaries or joint owners on many of these documents (bank accounts, insurance policies, employment benefits, etc.) and you may wish to make your spouse the new beneficiary or joint owner.

 

Where to write for a copy of your marriage license:
Department of HRS
Division of Vital Statistics
PO Box 210
Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042
Phone: (904) 359-6955

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If you were issued your marriage license in Okaloosa County, contact:
Clerk of Circuit Court
Recording Department
PO Drawer 1359
Crestview, FL 32536-1359
Phone: (850) 689-5041

 

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Bay County, Florida

Marriage Licenses

 Where is your office located?
We are located in the Bay County Courthouse at 300 East 4th Street Panama City, Florida (32401), Room 101.

If you're coming from the beach, take Hwy 98 going east until you get to Harrison Avenue. Make a right on Harrison Avenue. Go down to 4th Street and take a left. Once you're on 4th Street, the courthouse is 3 blocks up on the right.

What are your hours?
Our normal business hours are Monday thru Friday 8:00am until 4:30pm.

How long does it take to apply for a license?
It takes approximately 20 minutes to apply for a Marriage License.

What do we need in order to apply for a Marriage License?
Both parties must be 18 years of age or older. Both parties must have State or Government issued valid photo identification (Driver's License, State issued ID card, Passport, or Military ID). Both parties must know their social security numbers (you do not need to bring the card with you). And if either party has been previously married you must know the FULL DATE of divorce, annulment, or death of previous spouse (you do not need to bring the divorce decree, annulment papers, or death certificate).

Who can issue a Marriage License?
According to Florida Statute 741.01; every marriage license shall be issued by a County Judge or Clerk of the Circuit Court under his hand and seal.

What is the fee for a Marriage License?
The cost of the license is $93.50. We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. Checks are not accepted.
**note: if you choose to use a credit or debit card you will be charged a convenience fee**

If we decide not to get married after purchasing the Marriage License, can we get a refund?
No, there are no refunds on a Marriage License.

Do both of us have to come in together to apply for the license?
Yes. Both parties must come in person to apply, no exceptions.

How long is the marriage license valid?
The Marriage License is valid for 60 days from the effective date (block 18a on the Marriage License). The license must be used on or before the expiration date (block 19 on the Marriage License). The person performing the ceremony must return the license to the Clerk of the Circuit Court's Office for recording within 10 days after the marriage ceremony is performed.

If I live out of state, can I apply for my Marriage License in the state I live?
If you are planning a wedding in Florida, you must apply for your marriage license in the state of Florida. You may apply in any county as long as the license is obtained in the state of Florida.

Who can perform a Marriage Ceremony in the state of Florida?
As listed in Florida Statute 471.0; all regularly ordained ministers of the gospel or elders in communion with some church, or other ordained clergy, and all judicial officers, clerks of the circuit court, and Florida Notary Publics may solemnize matrimony.

Can the Clerk's Office perform a Marriage Ceremony?
Yes, ceremonies may be performed by a Deputy Clerk in the Courthouse for a fee of $30.00. Please call to schedule an appointment at 850-747-5156.

Is there a waiting period?
Non-Florida Residents do not have a waiting period. Florida Residents have a 3-day waiting period.

Is there a way to waive the 3-day waiting period for Florida Residents?
Yes, if BOTH PARTIES are Florida Residents they may choose to take a pre-marital preparation course. If so, the 3-day waiting period will be waived and the license will be discounted to $61.00.

As Florida Residents, how do we go about taking this pre-marital course?
The pre-marital preparation course is not something you can do through the courthouse. You must take the counseling with a registered course provider. The course must be a minimum of 4 hours. You can contact our office to see if your minister or counselor is registered with our office at 850-747-5156.

Who can provide Pre-Marital Courses?
If you are qualified and wish to be an official provider of the pre-marital preparation course, you must register with the Clerk of the Court's Office. Your Registration Affidavit must be on file with the Clerk's Office before we can accept any Certificates of Completion from couples counseled by you. The following is a list of qualifications for the pre-marital preparation course providers:

- A psychologist licensed under Chapter 490, Florida Statutes
- A clinical social worker licensed un Chapter 491, Florida Statutes
- A marriage and family therapist licensed under Chapter 491, Florida Statutes
- A mental health counselor licensed under Chapter 491, Florida Statutes
- An official representative of a religious institution which is recognized under Chapter 4963404 (201) Florida Statutes (with relevant training)

Do we have to take this course?
No, the course is not required. However, if you are Florida Residents and you choose not to take the pre-marital preparation course the 3-day waiting period will apply and the license will be $93.50.

Can out of state residents get a discount?
No. For Non-Florida Residents the fee for the license is $93.50.

Fee and Waiting Period Information
 

 

Residents- both took course DISCOUNTED $61.00 NO WAIT
Residents- one took course NO DISCOUNT $93.50 3-DAY WAIT
Non-Residents (no course required) NO DISCOUNT $93.50 NO WAIT
1 Resident, 1 Non-Resident- no course NO DISCOUNT $93.50 3-DAY WAIT
1 Resident, 1 Non-Resident- took course NO DISCOUNT $93.50 NO WAIT


Are we required to have a blood test before we apply for our license?
Blood tests are not required in the state of Florida.

Can a Marriage Ceremony be performed without a Marriage License?
No, Florida Statute 741.08 states that the party solemnizing the marriage shall require a properly issued marriage license before performing the ceremony.

Can we, as the couple, return the Marriage License for recording?
No, it is the legal responsibility of the notary public or minister that performed the ceremony to return the license back to the Clerk of the Circuit Court's Office where the license was obtained within 10 days after the ceremony.

How long does it usually take to get a certified copy of our Marriage License?
Once the license is returned to our office, it will be recorded and mailed out to you the same day.

Can we get married by a captain aboard a ship?
Yes, if the captain is a Florida Notary Public and the ship is in Florida waters (with 2 geographic miles of the coastline) at the time of the ceremony.

Do one or both applicants have to be American Citizens?
No. There is no citizenship requirement in the state of Florida. However, you must provide proper identification.
(For proper identification, please see question)

Do we need to apply for our Marriage License to renew our vows?
No. Talk to your religious advisor or personal counselor.

Can I legally marry my nephew?
No. Although the marriage application does not specifically ask about possible relationship of the parties, Florida law prohibits close blood relations from legally marrying. These include such relationships as parent-child, brother-sister, and uncle-niece. The nearest degree of relations who may legally marry in the state of Florida are first cousins.

Can partners of the same gender apply for a Marriage License?
No; Florida law specifies that one applicant must be male and the other female.

What is the fee for a certified copy of a Marriage License?
One certified copy is provided as part of the Marriage License fee.a

Additional certified copies may be obtained for the following fees:

Marriage Licenses issued during the years of 1913-1971; $4.00 each
Marriage Licenses issued during the years of 1972-Present; $3.00 each

How do I obtain a certified copy of a Marriage License?
If you are local, all you need to do is come to our office (in room 101 at the Bay County Courthouse). Make sure and know both parties names and the time of the marriage and the year of the marriage. You may pay by cash or a Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit or debit card.
**Note: if you choose to use a credit or debit card you will be charged a convenience fee**

If you are from out of town, you'll need to send a letter requesting those copies. Be sure to include both names at the time of the marriage and the year of the marriage. Payment must be sent by money order (we do not accept checks) made payable to Harold Bazzel, Clerk. The day we receive your request we will process it and send your certified copies back out to you. Send your request to the following address:

Bay County Clerk's Office
ATTN: Marriage License Department
P.O. Box 2269
Panama City, FL 32402


Marriage Licenses issued during the years of 1913-1971; $4.00 each
Marriage Licenses issued during the years of 1972-Present; $3.00 each


Or you may contact the Office of Vital Statistics:

Department of Health
Office of Vital Statistics
P.O. Box 210
Jacksonville, FL 32231
904-359-6900

Who should I notify if my marriage means a name change and/or address change?
If your marriage means a change in name and/or address, remember to make the following important notifications:

- Your state's Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles- Division of Driver's license
- Your nearest Social Security Office (The Panama City office is located at: 97 West Oak Avenue)
- Your Supervisor of Elections (The Bay County office is located at 205 Mosley Drive in Lynn Haven)
- Your Military Reserve Commanding Office (if applicable)
- Beneficiaries or joint owners on many of these documents: bank accounts, insurance policies, employment benefits, etc.
 

 

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