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Let's Make It Official!

by Valerie DiVecchio 22. April 2013 11:25
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So you want to get married.  You spend months (in some people's case years) planning the most perfect day and everything is going smoothly.  You get to your rehearsal and the officiant asks for your marriage license... not the time to have forgotten something!  Without that little piece of paper, you're not legally married!

So here's the low down on applying for your marriage license - and procrastinators beware... there is a waiting period in some cases so don't wait until the day of your rehearsal and think it's going to happen in time!

First thing to know is where to go.  If you intend to marry in Florida, simply head to your local Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court.  They are only open Monday - Friday.  You must show up in person and the license does not need to be issued in the county that the ceremony will take place in, but the ceremony must take place in the State of Florida to be considered valid. The license is valid for 60 days.

Then you need to know what to take with you.  Both parties must provide the Clerk's Office a valid photo ID. Accepted forms of ID's are a driver's license, State Identification Card, valid Passport, a I-94 card, Government or Military Identification Card along with a valid Social Security Card.  Also, if either party has ever been married and divorced, or widowed, the date of the divorce or date of the 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. And lastly, you'll need to bring payment for the fee.  Cash only!  And if you've taken the premarital preparation class there is a discount.

Now about that waiting period I mentioned... There is no waiting period for Florida residents that have both completed a state sanctioned marriage preparation course within the last year. There is a 3 day waiting period for Florida residents who have not taken the course.  In addition, the couple is now required to read a 16-page booklet which describes situations such as how a court would divide their assets and information about child support payments. That's a new one since I got married almost 11 years ago!  Don't live in Florida?  You're in luck - no waiting period for you!

Squeamish around needles?  Luckily for you Florida does not require a blood test or an exam to obtain a marriage license.

So there you have it, the nuts and bolts about applying for one little piece of paper that has a big impact if you don't have it!

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