Everything you need to know about getting married in Florida!

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~ Obtaining Your Florida Marriage License ~

  • A Florida marriage license is required for all marriages performed in the State of Florida.
  • Out-of-state licenses cannot be accepted, nor is a Florida marriage license valid outside of Florida.
  • The couple must apply together in person at their local Clerk of Court to get sworn in.
  • Some counties allow you to submit your information online to expedite the process, however the couple must still appear together at that Clerk of Court. Check your local county for availability and requirements.
  • Applicants musts present two forms of ID, usually a driver's license and social security card.
  • If either have previously been married, they must also present proof of marital status.
  • All applicants are required to read the Florida Family Law Handbook before the marriage license will be issued.
  • You do not have to be married in the same county where you obtain your license.
  • The marriage license must be on the premises when the ceremony is performed.
  • The license expires exactly 60 days from the date of issue.
  • There is a 3-day waiting period for Florida residents who have not completed an approved premarital course. This waiting period is waived for non-residents. The waiting period is also waived in certain cases for individuals with active military status and who are on leave from active deployment.
  • The cost of a marriage license in Florida is $93.50.
  • There is a discount of $32.50 offered to Florida residents who complete an approved premarital course. Also, the three day waiting period is waived. Online courses are available.  
  • Ceremonies by the Sea does not require you to complete any course.

Click here for an Approved 4-Hour Online Premarital Course for just $19.99!

The Family Law Handbook is required by the State of Florida to be read by all marriage license applicants before the marriage license is issued. The handbook is available for download below. Once you have both read it, you can visit your local Clerk of Court to apply. Some counties allow to submit your information online to expedite the process.

Click Below for the Florida Family Law Handbook

Find your local Florida Clerk of Court

Check your local Clerk of Court for requirements before you apply.

Marriage License by Mail Option:

Florida residents are encouraged to visit their local Clerk of Court to obtain their marriage license. However, if you are from out of state, or do not think you will be able to visit a Florida Clerk of Court in person before your wedding date, Brevard County gives you the option to obtain your marriage license by mail. Please allow adequate time for processing, as postage mailing times cannot be guaranteed.

  1. Submit your information to Brevard County by mail, fax, or email, using the form linked below.
  2. Brevard County will email you the Application to Marry, and an Affidavit to print at home.
  3. The documents must be signed and sworn to by both applicants in the presence of a Notary Public in your state.
    • The Notary must affix his/her stamp in the left margin, once for each of you. Click here for a sample.
    • Note: it is NOT a valid marriage license at this point.
  4. MAIL the signed Application and Affidavit, with your payment, and a copy of your photo IDs back to Brevard County.
  5. Brevard County will process and validate your marriage license, and MAIL it back to you. DONE!

Remember to bring your validated marriage license with you when you travel to Florida, and present it to whomever will be performing your ceremony. As a reminder, you do not need to be married in the same county from which you obtained your license. Click here for the Brevard County Mail Away License Form.


Volusia County Applicants:

To expedite your application to marry, you can download a printable copy of your information sheet. Complete your information on the first page, however please note that you must not sign Page 2 until you are in the presence of the Clerk. Or you can Apply Online. This will expedite the process when you visit the Clerk of Court.

~ Changing Your Name ~ 
  • Social Security Card: The first step in doing a name change is to change your Social Security card. Pick up Form SS-5 at any Social Security office. You can call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 to request that a form be mailed to you, or you can download a copy of Form SS-5 on the SSA website.  The Social Security office must see the certified copy of your marriage license, so it is a good idea to go to your local office in person. (Although the name change can be done by mail, your certified copy may not be mailed back to you.)
  • Driver's License: Take the certified copy of the marriage license with your new social security card to a Florida Driver's License Department. There will be a fee to process the change.
  • Bank Accounts: Take your marriage license and valid photo identification to banks, savings and loans institutions, and credit unions where you have accounts.
  • Credit Cards. Normally, a copy of your marriage license with a note is sufficient. You need to mail the information to the address the credit card company uses for correspondence. However, some credit card companies may be willing to change your name with a simple phone call to customer service.
  • Voter Registration: A voter registration application may be included when the certified copy of the marriage license is returned to the newly married couple.  Otherwise, you can get the form from the office of the Supervisor of Elections.
  • Other: Your passport, library card, car registration/title, frequent flier card and other club cards, and business and professional licenses should also be changed if you want to make a formal name change. You should also notify your employer, your insurance provider, and your school or university, if you are currently enrolled.

Some women choose to keep their maiden names after marriage. If you are one of these women, it may be helpful to have one form of identification that identifies you by your husband's name. A passport could be a good choice, because it is a legal document.

~ Beach Weddings ~

Volusia County Beach Safety must be notified of all weddings that will take place on their local beaches. The necessary paperwork required depends on the total guest count that will be present during the event. Total guest count shall include the Couple, their wedding party, all of their guests, and any vendors who will be present. This information is provided as a courtesy and is subject to change. Read below to determine which documents will apply for your event or contact Volusia County Beach Safety for more information.

For events outside of Volusia County, it is the couple's responsibility to find out requirements for any permits specific to that county. No permit is required for Brevard or Flagler Counties. Client shall check state and county rules to make sure they are in compliance. If the wedding is to be held outside of Volusia County, it is the Client's responsibility to find out requirements for any permits specific to that county.

BEACH WEDDING PERMITS :

Over 50 People:

Permits are required in Volusia County for beach events of more than 50 People. Client must fill out a Special Event Application with a Site Map and submit it to Beach Safety for approval, at a fee of $100. Special event insurance must also be purchased, naming CBTS as an Additional Insured. Proof of permit and insurance must be emailed to CBTS before any set-up may occur. If a permit is not secured, Client is responsible for any fines issued for non-compliance.

Special event liability insurance is required in conjunction with a beach permit, for events of more than 50 people. The Event Helper offers Special Event Insurance quotes based on your guest count. Contact Beach Safety for specific requirements.

Up to 50 People:

Beach Safety must be notified of any activity or event that includes 50 people or fewer, and does not require major set-up. Client must complete a Beach Activity Notification and submit it to Beach Safety for approval.  There is no fee for this, and special event insurance is not required. For some set-ups offered, CBTS may still require a permit, even if your guest count is less than 50 people, to ensure the ceremony site is available on the day of your wedding. Client is responsible for finding and holding the location of the ceremony for the set-up and their guests.

Volusia County beaches are public and sites are available on a first come, first serve basis. If you want to ensure that a specific site or location will be available to you for your wedding, it is recommended to obtain a permit, even if your guest count will be less than 50 people. The only guarantee to a site is with full payment for footage requested on a Special Event Application.

Once you've completed the appropriate forms, Email Beach Safety to submit your paperwork, and arrange for payment, if required.

BEACH PRESERVATION and CLEANLINESS :

"Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints."  

You and your guests are expected to behave in a manner that fully protects and preserves the natural resources of our local beaches. All ceremony set-up is to be seaward of the Conservation Zone, conspicuously marked by posts and signs.  Federal Law prohibits any activity within 30 feet of a marked sea turtle nest. Lighting of any kind is prohibited during sea turtle nesting season (May 1st thru October 31st). You and your guests are to fully protect beach vegetation and to keep off the dune and dune vegetation at all times. It is unlawful to remove anything from the beach such as sand, vegetation, shells, or wildlife.

It is not CBTS’s responsibility to collect or dispose of any waste products left by you or your guests. Any and all waste produced at the event, by any individual, must be appropriately collected and disposed of in any of the many trash receptacles conveniently located along the waterfront, including, but limited to, food waste, plastic containers, soda cans, cigarette butts, bubble favors, ceremony programs, and flower petals. Styrofoam containers and toxic chemicals are prohibited from the beach at all times. Fabric flower petals are not to be used at any time, or under any circumstances, as they cannot easily be retrieved or disposed of, and pose a danger to wildlife.  You are encouraged to research environmentally-safe and bio-degradable alternatives.

It is the Client's responsibility to ensure their guests are being respectful of our local beaches by disposing of their own litter. You shall designate someone in your party to ensure beach cleanliness is maintained, and that all trash is collected and disposed of upon conclusion of the ceremony. If trash is not collected within a reasonable time, or if CBTS must clean up any waste left by you or your guests, you will be charged a $250 penalty for non-compliance. Additionally, you will be responsible for any fines issued by county officials.

In some cases, a $250 Beach Cleanliness Deposit will be required and collected to ensure that the ceremony site is left free of debris or litter left by you or your guests. If the beach is left in satisfactory condition prior to your departure, the deposit will be returned via check the week following your event. If trash is not collected within a reasonable time, or if CBTS must clean up any waste left by you or your guests, the beach cleanliness deposit will be forfeited, without recourse.


Where can I have my ceremony?

We live in paradise, so it is no surprise the beach is a popular place to get married. Our local beaches offer picturesque views overlooking the rolling waves of the Atlantic. We travel to wherever you choose to have the ceremony, but you are responsible for securing the venue.  This includes all rental fees or permits associated with the venue of your choice. We just ask that when choosing a beach ceremony site, that it have reasonable access to the beach, so that any equipment or set-up items can be delivered efficiently.

It is the couple's responsibility to find and hold a location for their wedding. Specifically, if the wedding is to be held at a beach location, it is the couple's responsibility to hold a space open at the agreed upon area for their wedding set-up and guests.

Your wedding set-up is for up to one hour after your scheduled start time. This allows enough time for your photographer to take pictures of you with your set-up after the ceremony. We strongly suggest at the end of your ceremony to do this. If you need the wedding ceremony set-up longer than one hour, additional fees may apply.

~ Click Here for a list of Local Beach Venues ~

Bad Weather?

If an outdoor wedding is planned, Client is responsible for securing a back-up location in the event of inclement weather.  We will make every effort to have the ceremony on the beach or at the agreed upon location.  Certain equipment might not be able to be installed during rain or in high winds.  If weather related issues arise, the Officiant will make every effort to re-create the set-up at the back-up location.  If we can wait out a storm for a brief period of time, we will.  But if we can't, we will try to move the ceremony to the back-up location.  If there is a hurricane warning, we are happy to reschedule the ceremony for another day, as long as the date is not reserved.  Client assumes all risk and liability related to their choice of venue(s).

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