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Florida Marriage Laws

Congratulations! If you've found yourself at this page it is likely that you are either planning to be married or have been asked to perform a wedding ceremony in Florida. Ordained ministers of the Universal Life Church have successfully performed thousands of legal marriages in Florida. The information provided below will walk you through the steps one must follow to become a minister and perform a valid wedding ceremony in the state of Florida.

Quick Facts
  • ULC Ordination Accepted: Yes
  • Minister Registration Required: No
  • Minister's Residency: Irrelevant
  • Minister's Minimum Age: 18
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  • Marriage License Waiting Period: 3 Days for residents, 0 Days for non-residents
  • Marriage License Valid For: 60 Days
  • Marriage License Return Within: 10 Days
  • Same-Sex Marriage Recognized: Yes

1 How to Become an Ordained Minister in Florida

If you haven't already, you should get ordained online with the Universal Life Church. Ordination is free and can be completed in just a matter of minutes. Thousands of legally valid marriages are performed by ULC ministers around the world every year. Begin the process by clicking the big blue button below!

2 How to Officiate a Marriage in Florida

Next, you should contact the office of your local marriage authority (typically your county clerk). Let them know that you are a minister of the Universal Life Church in Seattle, and ask what they will require of you to officiate a legal marriage.

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3 License to Marry in Florida

After you've contacted your marriage authority, you should visit our online store to purchase whatever documentation will be required. We typically advise ministers in Florida to get an Ordination Package. While Minister registration is not technically required in Florida you may be asked to display proof of your ordination to the county clerks before they will accept the marriage as having been legally solemnized. Having this proof of your ordination will also provide peace-of-mind to any couple that you intend to marry. Additionally, please attempt to leave at least 3 weeks between the date of the wedding ceremony and your order, to ensure that you receive all of your materials in advance.

Aside from wedding ceremonies taking place wholly within Quaker doctrine (which are afforded an additional level of privacy, as discussed earlier), the state of Florida does not have any specific requirements for how the wedding ceremony be conducted. For any minister, including those who are ordained online, it would be prudent to note that under Florida law, couples who participate in a state-sanctioned marriage preparation course are eligible to receive a discount on their marriage application fees.

4 How to Perform a Wedding in Florida

Now that you've done all of the above, you are ready to perform the wedding! Be sure that the couple has picked up their Florida marriage license from the appropriate office. This license is valid for 60 days, and there is a mandatory 3-day waiting period between when the couple receives the marriage license in Florida and when the ceremony may be legally performed for residents. Non-residents are not subject to the waiting period. Please be aware that the signed license must be returned to the issuing office within 10 days of the ceremony. At the Universal Life Church we receive several calls from wedding officiants in Florida, after they've received their license to marry by getting ordained online, asking for guidance on how to perform a wedding ceremony. Once the legal matters have been taken care of, officiating a wedding (while a sometimes-daunting task) can be a great deal of fun. We would suggest that new Florida wedding ministers concerned about the ceremony peruse one of our helpful wedding guides. The minister training section of our website should offer a helpful refresher for more experienced ministers.


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Florida Marriage Code

Marriage in Florida is governed by Title 43 of Florida's Codified Statutes. Ministers who got ordained online with the Universal Life Church have successfully solemnized thousands of weddings in the state. Below, you will find that we have reproduced a relevant excerpt of this code.
741.07"Persons authorized to solemnize matrimony."

(1)"All regularly ordained ministers of the gospel or elders in communion with some church, or other ordained clergy, and all judicial officers, including retired judicial officers, clerks of the circuit courts, and notaries public of this state may solemnize the rights of matrimonial contract, under the regulations prescribed by law. Nothing in this section shall make invalid a marriage which was solemnized by any member of the clergy, or as otherwise provided by law prior to July 1, 1978.

(2)"Any marriage which may be had and solemnized among the people called "Quakers," or "Friends," in the manner and form used or practiced in their societies, according to their rites and ceremonies, shall be good and valid in law; and wherever the words "minister" and "elder" are used in this chapter, they shall be held to include all of the persons connected with the Society of Friends, or Quakers, who perform or have charge of the marriage ceremony according to their rites and ceremonies.

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Alachua County Recorder

P.O. Box 600
Gainesville, Florida
32602

Phone: (352) 374-3623
Fax: (352) 338-3201
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Baker County Clerk

339 E. Macclenny Ave.
Macclenny, Florida
32063

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Bay County Recorder

300 East 4th Street
Panama City, Florida
32401

Phone: (850) 763-9061
Fax: (850) 747-5163
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Bradford County Recorder

945 North Temple Ave.
P.O. Drawer B
Stark, Florida
32091

Phone: (904) 966-6263
Fax: (904) 966-2267
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Brevard County Clerk

400 South Street
Titusville, Florida
32780

Phone: (407) 264-5350
Fax: (321) 637-5413
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Broward County Clerk

201 S.E. 6th St.
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
33301

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Calhoun County Clerk

20859 Central Avenue E.
Blountstown, Florida
32424

Phone: (850) 674-4545
Fax: (850) 674-5553
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Charlotte County Clerk

350 E. Marion Ave.
P.O. Box 511687
Punta Gorda, Florida
33951

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Citrus County Clerk

110 N. Apopka Ave.
Inverness, Florida
34450

Phone: (352) 637-9415
Fax: (352) 341-6491
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Clay County Clerk

825 N. Orange Ave.
P. O. Box 698
Green Cove Spring, Florida
32043

Phone: (904) 269-6302
Fax: (904) 284-6390
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Collier County Clerk

3301 Tamiami Trail East
Naples, Florida
34112

Phone: (941) 732-2646
Fax: (239) 252-2755
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Dade County Clerk

73 W. Flagler St.
Miami, Florida
33130

Phone: (305) 275-1155
Fax: (305) 375-2485
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De Soto County Clerk

115 East Oak Street
Arcadia, Florida
34266

Phone: (941) 993-4876
Fax: (863) 993-4669
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Dixie County Recorder

P.O. Box 1206
Cross City, Florida
32628

Phone: (352) 498-1200
Fax: (352) 498-1201
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Duval County Recorder

330 E. Bay Street
Jacksonville, Florida
32202

Phone: (904) 630-1436
Fax: (904) 630-2979
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Escambia County Recorder

190 Governmental Center
Pensacola, Florida
32502

Phone: (904) 436-5718
Fax: (850) 595-4316
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Flagler County Clerk

1769 E Moody Blvd
Bunnell, Florida
32110

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Franklin County Clerk

33 Market St.
Apalachicola, Florida
32329

Phone: (850) 697-2112
Fax: (850) 653-2261
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Gadsden County Clerk

10 E. Jefferson St.
P.O. Box 1649
Quincy, Florida
32351

Phone: (850) 875-4700
Fax: (850) 875-8612
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Gilchrist County Clerk

112 S. Main Street
P.O. Box 37
Trenton, Florida
32693

Phone: (352) 463-2345
Fax: (352) 463-3166
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Glades County Clerk

500 Avenue J
P.O. Box 10
Moore Haven, Florida
33471

Phone: (941) 675-6553
Fax: (863) 946-0560
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Gulf County Clerk

1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr., Blvd.
Port Saint Joe, Florida
32456

Phone: (850) 229-6112
Fax: (850) 229-6174
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Hamilton County Clerk

207 N.E. 1st St.
Jasper, Florida
32052

Phone: (904) 792-1288
Fax: (386) 792-3524
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Hardee County Clerk

417 West Main St
P. O. Drawer 1749
Wauchula, Florida
33873

Phone: (941) 773-4174
Fax: (863) 773-4422
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Hendry County Clerk

25 E. Hickpoochee Ave
P.O. Box 1760
La Belle, Florida
33975

Phone: (941) 675-5217
Fax: (863) 675-5238
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Hernando County Recorder

20 N. Main St.
Brooksville, Florida
34601

Phone: (352) 754-4201
Fax: (352) 754-4243
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Highlands County Clerk

590 South Commerce Ave.
Sebring, Florida
33870

Phone: (941) 453-7538
Fax: (863) 402-6768
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Hillsborough County Clerk

419 Pierce
Tampa, Florida
33602

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Holmes County Clerk

P.O. Box 397
Bonifay, Florida
32425

Phone: (850) 547-1100
Fax: (850) 547-6630
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Indian River County Recorder

2000 16th Avenue
P.O. Box 1028
Vero Beach, Florida
32961

Phone: (561) 770-5185
Fax: (772) 770-5008
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Jackson County Clerk

P.O. Box 510
Marianna, Florida
32447

Phone: (850) 482-9552
Fax: (850) 482-7849
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Jefferson County Clerk

County Courthouse
Monticello, Florida
32344

Phone: (850) 342-0218
Fax: (850) 342-0222
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Lafayette County Clerk

P.O. Box 88
Mayo, Florida
32066

Phone: (904) 294-1600
Fax: (386) 294-4231
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Lake County Clerk

122 E. Main Street
P.O. Box 7800
Taveres, Florida
32778

Phone: (352) 742-4111
Fax: (352) 742-4110
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Lee County Clerk

P.O. Box 2469
Fort Myers, Florida
33902

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Leon County Recorder

P.O. Box 726
Tallahasee, Florida
32302

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Levy County Clerk

355 S. Court St.
P.O. Box 610
Bronson, Florida
32621

Phone: (352) 486-5266
Fax: (352) 486-5166
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Liberty County Clerk

P.O. Box 399
Bristol, Florida
32321

Phone: (850) 643-2215
Fax: (850) 643-2866
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Madison County Clerk

P.O. Box 237
Madison, Florida
32341

Phone: (850) 973-4176
Fax: (850) 973-2059
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Manatee County Recorder

1115 Manatee Avenue West
P.O. Box 25400
Bradenton, Florida
34206

Phone: (941) 748-0800
Fax: (941) 741-4082
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Marion County Clerk

110 NW 1st Avenue
Ocala, Florida
34475

Phone: (352) 620-3924
Fax: (352) 671-5600
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Martin County Clerk

100 East Ocean Boulevard
Stuart, Florida
34994

Phone: (561) 288-5533
Fax: (772) 288-5548
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Monroe County Recorder

500 Whitehead St.
Key West, Florida
33040

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Nassau County Recorder

76347 Veteran's Way
Fernandina, Florida
32097

Phone: (904) 879-2916
Fax: (904) 548-4508
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Okaloosa County Recorder

101 E. James Lee Blvd.
Crestview, Florida
32536

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Okeechobee County Clerk

312 NW 3rd St.
Okeechobee, Florida
34972

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Orange County Recorder

425 N. Orange Avenue
P.O. Box 4994
Orlando, Florida
32801

Phone: (407) 836-2065
Fax: (407) 836-2099
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Osceola County Clerk

2 Courthouse Square
Kissimmee, Florida
34741

Phone: (407) 847-1300
Fax: (407) 742-3699
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Palm Beach County Clerk

205 N. Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, Florida
33401

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Pasco County Clerk

38053 Live Oak Ave.
Dade City, Florida
33523

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Pinellas County Clerk

315 Court Street
Clearwater, Florida
33756

Phone: (727) 464-4700
Fax: (727) 464-4162
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Polk County Recorder

255 N. Broadway Ave.
Bartow, Florida
33830

Phone: (941) 534-6511
Fax: (863) 534-4089
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Putnam County Clerk

P.O. Box 758
Palatka, Florida
32178

Phone: (904) 329-0250
Fax: (386) 329-0888
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Santa Rosa County Recorder

P.O. Box 472
Milton, Florida
32572

Phone: (850) 623-0135
Fax: (850) 983-1986
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Sarasota County Clerk

2000 Main Street
Sarasota, Florida
34237

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Seminole County Clerk

1750 E. Lake Mary Boulevard
P.O. Box 8099
Sanford, Florida
32772

Phone: (407) 323-4330
Fax: (407) 330-7193
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St. Johns County Recorder

4010 Lewis Speedway
St. Augustine, Florida
32084

Phone: (904) 819-3640
Fax: (904) 819-3661
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St. Lucie County Clerk

P.O. Box 700
Fort Peirce, Florida
34954

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Sumter County Clerk

209 N. Florida Street
Bushnell, Florida
33513

Phone: (352) 793-0215
Fax: (352) 568-6608
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Suwanne County Clerk

200 S. Ohio/MLK Jr. Ave.
Live Oak, Florida
32064

Phone: (386) 362-0534
Fax: (386) 362-0567
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Taylor County Clerk

108 N. Jefferson St.
P.O. Box 620
Perry, Florida
32348

Phone: (850) 838-3506
Fax: (850) 838-3549
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Union County Clerk

55 W. Main Street
Lake Butler, Florida
32054

Phone: (904) 496-3711
Fax: (386) 496-1718
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Volusia County Recorder

101 N. Alabama
P.O. Box 6043
Deland, Florida
32721

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Wakulla County Clerk

3056 Crawfordville Highway
Crawfordville, Florida
32327

Phone: (850) 926-3331
Fax: (850) 926-0938
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Walton County Recorder

571 U.S. Highway 90 East
Defuniak Springs, Florida
32435

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Washington County Recorder

1293 Jackson Ave.
P.O. Box 647
Chipley, Florida
32428

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