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P.O. Box 18073

West Palm Beach, FL  33416

Tel:  (561) 308-0621

Fax:  (561) 963-0775

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

  1. License fee is $93.50.  If pre-counseling is obtained, fee is reduced to $61.00;

  2. Bride and groom required to be present when license is issued, unless obtained by mail;*see note below

  3. Picture ID required (state driver license, passport) - (U.S. Alien registration card is not accepted);

  4. Marriage License valid for 60 days;

  5. If divorced, you must know the date the divorce became final.  Some counties require a certified copy of the Final Judgment of Dissolution.  Please check with the Clerk of Court in the county you are applying for a marriage license.  Proof not required if widowed.

  6. There is a three day waiting period after issuance of the marriage license.  For example, if you are to be married on Saturday, you must obtain the marriage license before Wednesday of the prior week for it to be valid. Couples who reside in another state or country, and come to Florida to get married, are exempt from this provision.

  7. If you want to avoid the delay in the license requirements, couples must register and complete a four hour counseling course  prior to obtaining the marriage license.  If you obtain counseling, the filing fee will be reduced by $32.50 and there is no waiting period.

  8. For the location of the nearest county courthouse, please click here.

Weddings By Gloria now offers marriage licenses through the mail.  Please use our easy to fill out form or contact us for more information.

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Marriage Q & A

  1. Is a marriage ceremony performed by a notary public of the State of Florida "legal and binding"? - Yes.

  2. Are witnesses required to sign the marriage certificate? - Although the marriage certificate has spaces for two witnesses to sign, they are not specifically required by law.  However, it is recommended that two witnesses, other than the notary, sign the marriage certificate in the event that proof of the marriage ceremony is necessary in the future.

  3. Can a notary public perform wedding ceremonies in any county in the State of Florida? - Yes.  A Florida marriage license is good in any county in Florida.

  4. Can a notary perform a marriage ceremony while aboard a ship? - Yes, as long as the ship is in Florida waters at the time of the ceremony.  The legal definition of "Florida waters" is three geographic miles from the coastline seaward on the Atlantic Ocean and nine geographic miles from the coastline seaward on the Gulf of Mexico.

  5. Can we get married first, and then get a license? - No, a marriage license must be issued before the ceremony.*

 

Weddings By Gloria now offers marriage licenses through the mail.  Please use our easy to fill out form or contact us for more information.

 

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