The Clerk of Circuit Court acts as an agent for the State of Florida for issuing Marriage Licenses. The Marriage License Department is here to answer your questions concerning Marriage License in Hamilton County.
Marriage License FAQs
What is needed to get a Marriage License?
Both parties must provide proof of the following:
Do both parties have to be present at the Clerk’s Office to apply for a license?
Yes. Both parties must sign the application form and take an oath to the truthfulness of the information provided.
Is a blood test required?
No. A blood test is no longer required in the State of Florida.
Is there a waiting period for the issuance of a Marriage License?
Yes, Florida Statute 741.04 (3) says the effective date shall be delayed 3 days from the date of application unless Florida Residents present the following:
How long is the Marriage License valid?
Florida Marriage Licenses are valid for 60 days from the date issued.
Must I apply for a Marriage License in the County where I live?
No. A Marriage License can be applied for and solemnized in any Florida County.
Who may perform Marriage Ceremonies?
Who is a regularly ordained minister?
A minister who has been recognized in the manner required by the regulations of the respective denomination to perform marriage ceremonies.
May I get married by a captain aboard a ship?
Yes. If the Captain is a Notary and the ship is in Florida Waters (within 3 geographic miles of the coastline) at the time of the ceremony.
May a marriage be solemnized without a license?
No. Florida Statute 741.08 states in part that the party solemnizing the marriage shall require a properly issued license before performing the ceremony, and within 10 days after the ceremony, he shall make a certificate thereof the license and shall transmit the same to the Clerk of the Circuit Court from which it was issued.
How long does it take to get a copy of the marriage record, and the costs?
You will receive certified copies of the Marriage Certificate within 7 days after the officiator returns it to the Clerk's Office to be recorded. There is no charge for these copies. Additional certified copies cost $2.50 each.
Can people get a license to marry partners of their own gender?
Florida Statute 741.04 states in part that one applicant must be male and the other female.
Can a person marry someone to whom they are related?
Florida law prohibits a person marrying anyone to whom they are related by lineal consanguinity. The nearest degree of relations who may legally marry in the State of Florida is first cousins.
Do one or both applicants have to be U.S. Citizens?
No. There is no citizenship or residency requirements.
May a license be issued to persons 16 or 17 years of age?
Can a minor, younger than 16 get a Marriage License?
Florida Statute 741.0405(4) states that no license to marry shall be granted to any person under the age of 16 years, with or without the consent of the parents, except as provided in Florida Statute 741.0405 (2) and (3).