Okaloosa County Clerk of Circuit Court
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Family Law Handbook. A link to this handbook is also
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Marriage License Requirements
Both parties must be present when applying for a marriage license and each must present one of the following forms of identification:
If either person was previously married, the manner in which the last marriage ended and the exact date the marriage ended (month, day and year) are required. Copies of the death certificate, final decree of divorce, annulment or blood test are not required. You do not have to be a resident of Florida to apply.
If either person is
a Florida resident, a mandatory 3 day waiting period applies. The
license’s “Effective Date” will be 3 calendar days after the “Issue
Date”. The bridal party will not be able to marry until on, or after the
“Effective Date”. The license will expire 60 days after the issue date.
Requirements for Minors 16 or 17 years old (one or both applicants) (f.s. 741.0405(1))
All of the following are required:
Requirements for Minors under the age of 16 (one or both applicants)
Previously Married Minors:
minors may apply without parental consent. The minor must provide a
certified copy of the previous marriage’s certificate and a certified
copy of the death certificate or divorce decree.
Where consent is
required, is consent of both parents required?
If my bride/groom and I are both Florida residents, do we have to take a 4 hour premarital preparation course?
Florida law (f.s.
741.01) requires all Florida residents to either take a four (4) hour
premarital preparation course given by an authorized course provider or
wait three (3) days from the date of issuance for the license to become
effective. Additionally, Florida law requires the course provider to be
registered in our county in order for the three (3) day waiting period
to be waived and for the bridal couple to be eligible for the discounted
license fee. A Certificate of Course Completion must be presented at
time of application.
Who can provide the four (4) hour premarital preparation course?
f.s. 741.0305 prescribes the following to be qualifying course providers:
1. A psychologist licensed under chapter 490.
2. A clinical social worker licensed under chapter 491.
3. A marriage and family therapist licensed under chapter 491.
4. A mental health counselor licensed under chapter 491.
5. An official representative of a religious institution which is recognized under s.
*496.404(19), if the representative has relevant training.
6. Any other provider designated by a judicial circuit, including, but not limited to,
school counselors who are certified to offer such courses.
The qualifying course provider must
be registered in our county in order to be eligible for waiver of the
three (3) day waiting period and discounted license fee.
If my bride/groom
and I are both non-Florida residents, is there a waiting period for the
issuance of the license?
Are blood tests and
physical exams required?
Must I apply for a
marriage license in the county where I live?
Where can I apply for a marriage license in Okaloosa County?
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 Ext, 1940 Lewis Turner Blvd, Ft. Walton Beach, FL.
How long is a
marriage license valid once it is issued?
Who may perform marriage ceremonies?
Note: Boat Captains are not authorized to perform marriage ceremonies in the State of Florida unless they are otherwise qualified as provided above. Marriage ceremonies must take place within Florida’s boundaries (within 3 geographical miles of the coastline).
Who is a
"regularly ordained minister"?
We’re from out-of-state, and we want to bring our regularly ordained minister with us to perform the ceremony in Florida. May we do this?
marriage be solemnized without a license?
May I use my Florida Marriage License to have my marriage solemnized in another state?
No. Florida Marriage Licenses are only valid within the state boundaries.
Do I have to be a Florida resident or a U.S. citizen to obtain a Marriage License?
No. The parties must present valid government issued photo ID, such as driver license from their state or a passport from their country. Valid consular ID cards are also accepted.
Do I have to provide my social security number?
If you are a U.S. citizen, or have been issued a social security number, you must provide it at time of application (f.s. 741.04). Use of this number through this requirement shall be limited to the purpose of administration of the Department of Revenue Title IV-D program. It is sent to the Florida Department of Health, Office of Vital Statistics as part of your marriage record.
Instructions for Ceremony Officiators:
VERIFY VALID DATE RANGE:
dates contained in blocks 18a, and 19. Ensure the marriage is solemnized
within this valid date range. Ceremonies
performed outside of this valid date range will not be accepted by the
Florida Health Department, Office of Vital Statistics.
ENTERING INFORMATION INTO THE CERTIFICATE SECTION:
Witness signature(s) in blocks 24 and 25 are optional by Florida law.
The ceremony must be performed within the state boundaries of Florida.
OFFICE USE ONLY SECTION:
Please be sure to leave the upper right-hand corner, beneath (STATE FILE NUMBER), of the license blank. This area is intentionally left blank for the county’s recording information. If you have a Notary Seal, please affix it to the area adjacent to the Certificate portion directly over the word SEAL, or affix it in block 23b.
A marriage cannot be officially recorded until the original license is returned to the Clerk. It should be returned within ten days after the ceremony. We recommend the license be returned in person, or send it by Certified or Express mail. As this is an original, irreplaceable document until it is recorded, we discourage using regular mail. Our mailing address is:
Don W. Howard, Clerk
of Circuit Court
Upon receipt of the original completed license, a certified copy will be mailed to the mailing address provided at time of application. Bridal parties who return the original license in person will receive their certified copy while they wait.
What if I need more than 1 certified copy of my marriage certificate?
One certified copy is provided as part of the marriage application fee. If you need to purchase additional certified copies, the cost is $3.00 per certified copy.
Can I be married in
the Clerk's Office?
the fee for a marriage license?
forms of payment does the Clerk accept?
Changing your name after your wedding:
My spouse and I would like to renew our vows. Do we need a marriage license for this?
No. Talk to your clergyman, chaplain, or religious advisor or personal counselor.
Can people obtain a license to marry partners of their own gender?
No. Florida law prohibits same sex marriage. f.s. 741.04 requires one applicant to be male and the other to be female.
Florida law prohibits marriage to anyone they are related to by 3 degrees of lineal consanguinity.
to write for a copy of your marriage license: