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Florida Outline

Preparing for a Florida wedding ceremony? Look no further than this guide – written for ULC ministers and couples alike, who are searching for pointers on how the process works. Universal Life Church Ministers perform hundreds of legal ceremonies in Florida each year, and our goal is to provide support through every step of the journey. Below, you’ll find a step-by-step walkthrough for how to get ordained and officiate a successful wedding in 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

1 1. How to Become an Ordained Minister in Florida

Becoming ordained is step one (if you have yet to sign up, that is). The Universal Life Church provides ordination for free, and has developed a simple online process that takes only a few minutes to complete. Did you know more than 20 million people around the globe have gotten ordained? Join the ULC family by hitting the button below!

2 Officiating a Florida Wedding

Step two is to reach out to the county clerk in the county where the wedding will take place. Tell them you are an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church and inquire about the process for performing weddings. Do they need to see any official documentation from you? They’ll be able to explain what is required of wedding officiants in their jurisdiction.

Select a county from the list below to see contact information for its county clerk office.

Select your County Clerk to quickly generate the contact information for your local marriage authority.



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3 What Does Florida Require to Officiate Weddings?

Once you’ve spoken with the county clerk’s office to determine what is required to officiate a wedding in Florida, head over to our online catalog to order any materials you’ll need.

Ministers are not generally required to register in Florida, but it's still prudent to have physical copies of ordination documents just in case you are asked to show proof of ordination. Couples often feel more comfortable knowing that their wedding minister has official documents issued by the church, just in case. For those planning to officiate in Florida, we typically recommend the Ordination Package. Additionally, we encourage ministers to place their orders at least three weeks prior to the wedding – that way, materials are guaranteed to arrive in plenty of time.

The state of Florida does not have any specific requirements for how a wedding ceremony should 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 Ensure Weddings are Legal in Florida

The last thing to review prior to the ceremony are marriage license rules. Here is a quick list of need-to-knows for a Florida marriage license:

  • The couple should pick up the marriage license before the ceremony date. It is typically issued by the county clerk’s office.

  • The license will be valid for 60 days, and a mandatory 3-day waiting period applies only to Florida residents. The ceremony cannot legally be held until that waiting period is over. However, this rule doesn’t apply to non-residents.

  • Once the ceremony is over, the signed marriage license needs to be handed back to the office that issued it within 10 days.

So long as everyone understands these important legal aspects, the couple and officiant can turn full focus to the main event! Performing a wedding ceremony is an experience one does not soon forget, but it’s also an honor that deserves proper preparation and planning. That’s why we’ve curated an entire Wedding Training Center, chalk-full of helpful pointers for first-time officiants and tools designed to make wedding prep a breeze. But that’s not all! We also provide higher level resources, like this in-depth wedding guide, in the literature section of our website catalog.

5 Important Florida Wedding Planning Tips

When planning to officiate a wedding in Florida, there are several specific things to consider. Florida is known for warm weather and miles of coastline, with a good majority of ceremonies taking place outside and around 25% at Florida beach wedding venues. During the late summer and fall, tropical storms are something to contend with as well. Don't forget to check the weather report and plan your attire accordingly!

Florida is also a common location for destination weddings, so keep in mind that demand for certain regions or venues may be higher than expected. Are you wondering how much an officiant should charge for weddings in Florida? That is dependent on several factors, including how experienced the officiant is, how much involvement the officiant will have in preparations, and the distance of travel that will be required.


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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. View the Florida Statutes on the official state site.

To view the in-depth wedding laws for Florida state:

Florida Marriage Laws
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Alachua County

Alachua County Courthouse<br>201 E University Ave
Gainesville, Florida
32601

Phone: (352) 374-3636
Fax: (352) 338-3201
Alachua County website »

Baker County

339 E Macclenny Ave
Macclenny, Florida
32063

Phone: (904) 259-8113
Baker County website »

Bay County

533 East 11th Street
Panama City, Florida

Phone: (850) 763-9061
Fax: (850) 747-5188
Bay County website »

Bradford County

945 North Temple Ave
Starke, Florida
32901

Phone: (904) 966-6280
Bradford County website »

Brevard County

400 South St.
Titusville, Florida
32780

Phone: (321) 637-5413
Brevard County website »

Broward County

540 SE 3rd Avenue, 2nd Floor
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
33301

Phone: (954) 831-7283
Broward County Marriage Laws »

Calhoun County

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

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

Charlotte County

350 East Marion Avenue
Punta Gorda, Florida
33950

Phone: (941) 637-2240
Charlotte County website »

Citrus County

110 N. Apopka Avenue
Inverness, Florida
34450

Phone: (352) 341-6424
Fax: (352) 341-6413
Citrus County website »

Clay County

825 N. Orange Avenue
Green Cove Springs,, Florida

Phone: (904) 269-6302
Clay County website »

Collier County

3315 Tamiami Trail East, Ste. 102
Naples, Florida
34112

Phone: (239) 252-7242
Fax: (239) 252-8003
Collier County website »

Columbia County

173 NE Hernando Avenue
Lake City, Florida
32055

Phone: (386) 754-7005
Columbia County website »

DeSoto County

115 East Oak Street, Room 101
Arcadia, Florida
34266

Phone: (863) 993-4876
Fax: (863) 993-4669
DeSoto County website »

Dixie County

214 N.E. 351 Hwy.
Cross City, Florida
32628

Phone: (352) 498-1200
Fax: (352) 498-1201
Dixie County website »

Duval County

1217 N. Pearl St.
Jacksonville, Florida
32202

Phone: (904) 359-6900
Duval County website »

Escambia County

190 W Government St
Pensacola, Florida
32502

Phone: (850) 595-4300
Escambia County website »

Flagler County

Kim C Hammond Justice Center<br>1769 E. Moody Blvd, Bldg 1
Bunnell, Florida
32110

Phone: (386) 313-4360
Flagler County website »

Franklin County

33 Market Street, Suite 203
Apalachicola, Florida
32320

Phone: (850) 653-8861
Franklin County website »

Gadsden County

10 E. Jefferson St.
Quincy, Florida
32351

Phone: (850) 875-8601
Fax: (850) 875-8612
Gadsden County website »

Gilchrist County

112 S Main St
Trenton, Florida
32693

Phone: (352) 463-3170
Gilchrist County website »

Glades County

500 Avenue J , Room 102
Moorehaven, Florida
33471

Phone: (863) 946-6010
Fax: (863) 946-0560
Glades County website »

Gulf County

1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Room 148
Port St. Joe, Florida
32456

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

Hamilton County

207 N.E. First Street, Suite 106
Jasper, Florida
32052

Phone: (386) 792-1288
Fax: (386) 792-3524
Hamilton County website »

Hardee County

417 West Main St, Suite 214
Wauchula, Florida
33873

Phone: (863) 773-4174
Hardee County website »

Hendry County

25 E. Hickpochee Ave
LaBelle, Florida
33935

Phone: (863) 675-5217
Hendry County website »

Hernando County

20 North Main Street, Room 362
Brooksville, Florida
34601

Phone: (352) 540-6768
Hernando County website »

Highlands County

590 South Commerce Ave, Second Floor
Sebring, Florida

Phone: (863) 402-6565
Highlands County website »

Hillsborough County

800 Twiggs Street, Room 101
Tampa, Florida

Phone: (813) 276-8100
Hillsborough County Marriage Laws »

Holmes County

201 N. Oklahoma Street
Bonifay, Florida
32425

Phone: (850) 547-1100
Fax: (850) 547-6630
Holmes County website »

Indian River County

2000 16th Avenue
Vero Beach, Florida

Phone: (772) 226-3195
Fax: (772) 770-5008
Indian River County website »

Jackson County

4445 Lafayette Street
Marianna, Florida
32446

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

Jefferson County

1 Courthouse Circle
Monticello, Florida

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

Lafayette County

120 W Main St
Mayo, Florida
32066

Phone: (386) 294-1600
Fax: (386) 294-4231
Lafayette County website »

Lake County

550 W. Main St. 3rd Floor
Tavares, Florida

Phone: (352) 253-2648
Lake County website »

Lee County

1700 Monroe St
Ft. Myers, Florida
33901

Phone: (239) 533-5007
Lee County website »

Leon County

301 S. Monroe St., Suite 100
Tallahassee, Florida

Phone: (850) 606-4060
Fax: (850) 606-4155
Leon County website »

Levy County

355 South Court Street
Bronson, Florida
32621

Phone: (352) 486-5266
Fax: (352) 486-5166
Levy County website »

Liberty County

10818 N.W. SR 20
Bristol, Florida
32321

Phone: (850) 643-2215
Liberty County website »

Madison County

125 S.W. Range Avenue
Madison, Florida
32341

Phone: (850) 973-1500
Fax: (850) 973-2059
Madison County website »

Manatee County

1115 Manatee Avenue West
Bradenton, Florida
34205

Phone: (941) 749-1800
Manatee County website »

Marion County

110 NW 1st Avenue, Room 126
Ocala, Florida
34475

Phone: (352) 671-5588
Fax: (352) 671-5629
Marion County website »

Martin County

100 SE Ocean Boulevard
Stuart, Florida

Phone: (772) 288-5551
Fax: (772) 221-2340
Martin County website »

Miami-Dade County

601 NW 1 Court St, Suite 1900
Miami, Florida
33136

Phone: (305) 275-1155
Miami-Dade County Marriage Laws »

Monroe County

500 Whitehead Street
Key West, Florida

Phone: (305) 292-3458
Fax: (305) 295-3970
Monroe County website »

Nassau County

416 Centre Street
Fernandina Beach, Florida

Phone: (904) 548-4604
Nassau County website »

Okaloosa County

601-B N. Pearl St.
Crestview, Florida

Phone: (850) 689-5000
Okaloosa County website »

Okeechobee County

312 Northwest 3rd Street
Okeechobee, Florida
34972

Phone: (863) 763-2131
Okeechobee County website »

Orange County

425 N. Orange Ave. Suite 350
Orlando, Florida
32801

Phone: (407) 836-2000
Orange County Marriage Laws »

Osceola County

2 Courthouse Square
Kissimmee, Florida
34741

Phone: (407) 742-3500
Osceola County website »

Palm Beach County

205 N. Dixie Hwy. Room 3.2300
West Palm Beach, Florida
33401

Phone: (561) 355-2986
Palm Beach County Marriage Laws »

Pasco County

14236 Sixth Street, Suite 201
Dade City, Florida
33523

Phone: (352) 521-4408
Pasco County website »

Pinellas County

315 Court Street
Clearwater, Florida

Phone: (727) 464-7000
Pinellas County website »

Polk County

255 N. Broadway Ave
Bartow, Florida
33830

Phone: (863) 534-4000
Polk County website »

Putnam County

410 Saint Johns Ave
Palatka, Florida
32177

Phone: (386) 326-7680
Fax: (386) 329-0889
Putnam County website »

Santa Rosa County

6495 Caroline Street
Milton, Florida
32570

Phone: (850) 983-1966
Fax: (850) 983-1991
Santa Rosa County website »

Sarasota County

2000 Main St.
Sarasota, Florida

Phone: (941) 861-7400
Sarasota County website »

Seminole County

301 N Park Ave
Sanford, Florida
32771

Phone: (407) 665-4590
Seminole County website »

St. Johns County

4010 Lewis Speedway
St. Augustine, Florida
32084

Phone: (904) 819-3600
Fax: (904) 819-3661
St. Johns County website »

St. Lucie County

201 South Indian River Drive, 2nd floor
Fort Pierce, Florida
34950

Phone: (772) 462-3207
Fax: (772) 462-1283
St. Lucie County website »

Sumter County

215 E McCollum Ave
Bushnell, Florida
33513

Phone: (352) 569-6600
Fax: (352) 569-6623
Sumter County website »

Suwannee County

200 South Ohio Ave.
Live Oak, Florida

Phone: (386) 362-0400
Suwannee County website »

Taylor County

108 North Jefferson St. Suite 102
Perry, Florida
32347

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

Union County

55 West Main Street, Room 103
Lake Butler, Florida
32054

Phone: (386) 496-3711
Union County website »

Volusia County

101 North Alabama Ave
DeLand, Florida
32724

Phone: (386) 736-5911
Fax: (386) 822-5711
Volusia County website »

Wakulla County

3056 Crawfordville Highway
Crawfordville, Florida
32327

Phone: (850) 926-0905
Fax: (850) 926-0938
Wakulla County website »

Walton County

571 U.S. Highway 90 East
DeFuniak Springs, Florida
32459

Phone: (850) 892-8115
Walton County website »

Washington County

1293 Jackson Avenue
Chipley, Florida

Phone: (850) 638-6289
Fax: (850) 638-6288
Washington County website »