Florida Wedding Laws

How to Officiate a Wedding in Florida

Under Florida wedding law, conducting a wedding is quite simple. Nearly any authorized officer of a religious organization is treated equally under the state's law and is able to conduct a marriage ceremony (the exception being Quakers, who in Florida law are afforded some additional freedoms and additional discretion as to how the marriage process is conducted). Read below for more information on the intricacies of the process within the state.

How to Become an Ordained Minister in Florida

Any judge, retired judge, clerk, notary public, or (as stated above) ordained clergy associated with any religious organization is authorized to solemnize a marriage ceremony within the state of Florida. This includes those ministers who have been ordained online by the Universal Life Church Monastery, a free and simple process we have made available to millions around the world.

How to Perform a Wedding Ceremony in Florida

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.

Marriage Paperwork Required in Florida

In Florida, it is necessary that the engaged couple apply for and receive a marriage license from a county judge or clerk. These licenses do expire after 60 days; the wedding ceremony must be conducted within that time frame and it is the officiating ministers duty to ensure that a marriage ceremony not take place beneath an expired or invalid marriage license. The officiant must sign the marriage certificate and it must then be filed with the Department of Children and Families in Jacksonville, Florida within 30 days after the ceremony has taken place.

For more detailed information, read the law for yourself.

Florida Marriage Laws

 

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.

Gay Marriage and Same Sex Wedding Laws:

This state currently bans same-sex marriage by Constitutional Amendment and State Law.

The Monastery Ordination Credential

To perform a marriage in Florida you need to be ordained and may be required to provide proof of ordination such as an ordination credential, wallet credential, or a letter of good standing from the church.

Read the full Law on the official site »

Florida Wedding Laws by County

Alachua County Recorder

P.O. Box 600
Gainesville, Florida
32602,
Phone: (352) 374-3623
Fmx: (352) 338-3201
Alachua County Recorder website »

Baker County Clerk

339 E. Macclenny Ave.
Macclenny, Florida
32063,

Phone: (904) 259-3121
Baker County Clerk website »

Bay County Recorder

300 East 4th Street
Panama City, Florida
32401,
 
Phone: (850) 763-9061
Fmx: (850) 747-5163
Bay County Recorder website »

Bradford County Recorder

945 North Temple Ave.
P.O. Drawer B
Stark, Florida
32091,
Phone: (904) 966-6263
Fax: (904) 966-2267
Bradford County Recorder website »

Brevard County Clerk

400 South Street
Titusville, Florida
32780,
 
Phone: (407) 264-5350
Fmx: (321) 637-5413
Brevard County Clerk website »

Broward County Clerk

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

Phone: (954) 831-6600
Broward County Clerk website »

Calhoun County Clerk

20859 Central Avenue E.
Room 130
Blountstown, Florida
32424,

Phone: (850) 674-4545
Fmx: (850) 674-5553
Calhoun County Clerk website »

Charlotte County Clerk

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

Phone: (813) 637-2126
Charlotte County Clerk website »

Citrus County Clerk

110 N. Apopka Ave.
Inverness, Florida
34450,
Phone: (352) 637-9415
Fmx: (352) 341-6491
Citrus County Clerk website »

Clay County Clerk

825 N. Orange Ave.
P. O. Box 698
Green Cove Spring, Florida
32043,
Phone: (904) 269-6302
Fmx: (904) 284-6390
Clay County Clerk website »

Collier County Clerk

3301 Tamiami Trail East
Naples, Florida
34112,
Phone: (941) 732-2646
Fax: (239) 252-2755
Collier County Clerk website »

Dade County Clerk

73 W. Flagler St.
Suite 242
Miami, Florida
33130,
 
Phone: (305) 275-1155
Fmx: (305) 375-2485
Dade County Clerk website »

De Soto County Clerk

115 East Oak Street
Room 101
Arcadia, Florida
34266,
 
Phone: (941) 993-4876
Fmx: (863) 993-4669
De Soto County Clerk website »

Dixie County Recorder

P.O. Box 1206
Cross City, Florida
32628,
 
Phone: (352) 498-1200
Fmx: (352) 498-1201
Dixie County Recorder website »

Duval County Recorder

330 E. Bay Street
Room 103
Jacksonville, Florida
32202,
 
Phone: (904) 630-1436
Fax: (904) 630-2979
Duval County Recorder website »

Escambia County Recorder

190 Governmental Center
Pensacola, Florida
32502,

Phone: (904) 436-5718
Fmx: (850) 595-4316
Escambia County Recorder website »

Flagler County Clerk

1769 E Moody Blvd
Bldg 1
Bunnell, Florida
32110,
Phone: (904) 437-7414
Flagler County Clerk website »

Franklin County Clerk

33 Market St.
Suite 203
Apalachicola, Florida
32329,
Phone: (850) 697-2112
Fax: (850) 653-2261
Franklin County Clerk website »

Gadsden County Clerk

10 E. Jefferson St.
P.O. Box 1649
Quincy, Florida
32351,
 
Phone: (850) 875-4700
Fax: (850) 875-8612
Gadsden County Clerk website »

Gilchrist County Clerk

112 S. Main Street
P.O. Box 37
Trenton, Florida
32693,
Phone: (352) 463-2345
Fax: (352) 463-3166
Gilchrist County Clerk website »

Glades County Clerk

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

Phone: (941) 675-6553
Fmx: (863) 946-0560
Glades County Clerk website »

Gulf County Clerk

1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr., Blvd.
Rm 148
Port Saint Joe, Florida
32456,

Phone: (850) 229-6112
Fmx: (850) 229-6174
Gulf County Clerk website »

Hamilton County Clerk

207 N.E. 1st St.
Room 106
Jasper, Florida
32052,
 
Phone: (904) 792-1288
Fax: (386) 792-3524
Hamilton County Clerk website »

Hardee County Clerk

417 West Main St
P. O. Drawer 1749
Suite 105
Wauchula, Florida
33873,
 
Phone: (941) 773-4174
Fmx: (863) 773-4422
Hardee County Clerk website »

Hendry County Clerk

25 E. Hickpoochee Ave
P.O. Box 1760
La Belle, Florida
33975,
Phone: (941) 675-5217
Fax: (863) 675-5238
Hendry County Clerk website »

Hernando County Recorder

20 N. Main St.
Room 362
Brooksville, Florida
34601,

Phone: (352) 754-4201
Fmx: (352) 754-4243
E-mail: http://hernandoclerk.com/contact_us.php?toemail=070#contact
Hernando County Recorder website »

Highlands County Clerk

590 South Commerce Ave.
Sebring, Florida
33870,
 
Phone: (941) 453-7538
Fax: (863) 402-6768
Highlands County Clerk website »

Hillsborough County Clerk

419 Pierce
Room 140
Tampa, Florida
33602,

Phone: (813) 276-8100 x4366

Holmes County Clerk

P.O. Box 397
Bonifay, Florida
32425,
 
Phone: (850) 547-1100
Fax: (850) 547-6630
Holmes County Clerk website »

Indian River County Recorder

2000 16th Avenue
P.O. Box 1028
Vero Beach, Florida
32961,
Phone: (561) 770-5185
Fax: (772) 770-5008
E-mail: clerk@clerk.indian-river.org
Indian River County Recorder website »

Jackson County Clerk

P.O. Box 510
Marianna, Florida
32447,

Phone: (850) 482-9552
Fmx: (850) 482-7849
Jackson County Clerk website »

Jefferson County Clerk

County Courthouse
Room 10
Monticello, Florida
32344,

Phone: (850) 342-0218
Fax: (850) 342-0222
Jefferson County Clerk website »

Lafayette County Clerk

P.O. Box 88
Mayo, Florida
32066,
Phone: (904) 294-1600
Fmx: (386) 294-4231
Lafayette County Clerk website »

Lake County Clerk

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

Phone: (352) 742-4111
Fmx: (352) 742-4110
Lake County Clerk website »

Lee County Clerk

P.O. Box 2469
Fort Myers, Florida
33902,

Phone: (941) 335-2339
Lee County Clerk website »

Leon County Recorder

P.O. Box 726
Tallahasee, Florida
32302,

Phone: (850) 488-7534
Leon County Recorder website »

Levy County Clerk

355 S. Court St.
P.O. Box 610
Bronson, Florida
32621,
Phone: (352) 486-5266
Fax: (352) 486-5166
Levy County Clerk website »

Liberty County Clerk

P.O. Box 399
Bristol, Florida
32321,
Phone: (850) 643-2215
Fmx: (850) 643-2866
Liberty County Clerk website »

Madison County Clerk

P.O. Box 237
Madison, Florida
32341,
 
Phone: (850) 973-4176
Fax: (850) 973-2059
Madison County Clerk website »

Manatee County Recorder

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

Phone: (941) 748-0800
Fmx: (941) 741-4082
Manatee County Recorder website »

Marion County Clerk

110 NW 1st Avenue
Ocala, Florida
34475,
Phone: (352) 620-3924
Fax: (352) 671-5600
Marion County Clerk website »

Martin County Clerk

100 East Ocean Boulevard
Suite 200
Stuart, Florida
34994,
Phone: (561) 288-5533
Fmx: (772) 288-5548
Martin County Clerk website »

Monroe County Recorder

500 Whitehead St.
Key West, Florida
33040,

Phone: (305) 294-4641
Monroe County Recorder website »

Nassau County Recorder

76347 Veteran's Way
Fernandina, Florida
32097,

Phone: (904) 879-2916
Fmx: (904) 548-4508
Nassau County Recorder website »

Okaloosa County Recorder

101 E. James Lee Blvd.
Crestview, Florida
32536,
Phone: (850) 689-5000
Okaloosa County Recorder website »

Okeechobee County Clerk

312 NW 3rd St.
Okeechobee, Florida
34972,
Phone: (941) 763-2131
Okeechobee County Clerk website »

Orange County Recorder

425 N. Orange Avenue
P.O. Box 4994
Orlando, Florida
32801,
Phone: (407) 836-2065
Fmx: (407) 836-2099
E-mail: ContactMarriagePass@myorangeclerk.com
Orange County Recorder website »

Osceola County Clerk

2 Courthouse Square
Suite 2000
Kissimmee, Florida
34741,

Phone: (407) 847-1300
Fax: (407) 742-3699
Osceola County Clerk website »

Palm Beach County Clerk

205 N. Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, Florida
33401,
 
Phone: (561) 355-2996
Palm Beach County Clerk website »

Pasco County Clerk

38053 Live Oak Ave.
Dade City, Florida
33523,
 
Phone: (352) 521-4468
Pasco County Clerk website »

Pinellas County Clerk

315 Court Street
Clearwater, Florida
33756,
 
Phone: (727) 464-4700
Fax: (727) 464-4162
Pinellas County Clerk website »

Polk County Recorder

255 N. Broadway Ave.
Bartow, Florida
33830,

Phone: (941) 534-6511
Fax: (863) 534-4089
Polk County Recorder website »

Putnam County Clerk

P.O. Box 758
Palatka, Florida
32178,
 
Phone: (904) 329-0250
Fmx: (386) 329-0888
Putnam County Clerk website »

Santa Rosa County Recorder

P.O. Box 472
Milton, Florida
32572,
 
Phone: (850) 623-0135
Fax: (850) 983-1986
Santa Rosa County Recorder website »

Sarasota County Clerk

2000 Main Street
Sarasota, Florida
34237,
Phone: (941) 362-4066
Sarasota County Clerk website »

Seminole County Clerk

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

Phone: (407) 323-4330
Fax: (407) 330-7193
Seminole County Clerk website »

St. Johns County Recorder

4010 Lewis Speedway
St. Augustine, Florida
32084,
Phone: (904) 819-3640
Fax: (904) 819-3661
St. Johns County Recorder website »

St. Lucie County Clerk

P.O. Box 700
Fort Peirce, Florida
34954,
Phone: (561) 871-5388
St. Lucie County Clerk website »

Sumter County Clerk

209 N. Florida Street
Room 106
Bushnell, Florida
33513,
 
Phone: (352) 793-0215
Fmx: (352) 568-6608
Sumter County Clerk website »

Suwanne County Clerk

200 S. Ohio/MLK Jr. Ave.
Live Oak, Florida
32064,
Phone: (386) 362-0534
Fax: (386) 362-0567
Suwanne County Clerk website »

Taylor County Clerk

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

Phone: (850) 838-3506
Fax: (850) 838-3549
Taylor County Clerk website »

Union County Clerk

55 W. Main Street
Room 103
Lake Butler, Florida
32054,
Phone: (904) 496-3711
Fax: (386) 496-1718
Union County Clerk website »

Volusia County Recorder

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

Phone: (386) 822-5708
E-mail: clerk@clerk.org
Volusia County Recorder website »

Wakulla County Clerk

3056 Crawfordville Highway
Crawfordville, Florida
32327,
Phone: (850) 926-3331
Fmx: (850) 926-0938
Wakulla County Clerk website »

Walton County Recorder

571 U.S. Highway 90 East
Defuniak Springs, Florida
32435,
 
Phone: (850) 892-8115
Walton County Recorder website »

Washington County Recorder

1293 Jackson Ave.
P.O. Box 647
Suite 100
Chipley, Florida
32428,

Phone: (850) 638-6009
Washington County Recorder website »