A Florida marriage license is required to get married on Florida's beaches. Obtaining your license is a quick, simple process. The online resources for this information can be contradictory, so we've compiled accurate guidelines here and are happy to go over this info with you!
The bride and groom must apply together, with valid state or federal identification, in person at a Florida County Clerk's office during regular business hours. The Clerk's office keeps federal and state business hours (M-F 8am - 4:30pm) and observes all federal holidays. HERE is a list of federal and state holidays.
There is no waiting period, no blood test, and no class/counseling program required. Your Florida marriage license is valid for 60 days. You will need to know your SSN, date of birth, address, and (if) divorce decree date. You will not need your birth certificate, SSN card or, divorce papers. If either of you are a Florida resident you must apply for your license at least 3 days in advance of your wedding date.
The Florida application fee is $86. Witnesses at the ceremony are optional. Non-Florida residents can receive a marriage license without going to the clerk's office for a fee by contacting Sherry Matthews Consulting, click HERE. We will return your marriage license to the Clerk for you.
Recommended locations by beach area (a marriage license can be obtained from any Florida County Clerk however):
**Panama City Beach, Mexico Beach, Florida**
Bay County Clerk's Office
300 East 4th Street
Panama City, Fl 32401
**Beaches of 30a, Santa Rosa Beach, Miramar Beach, East Destin, Florida**
Clerk of Court
Marriage License Recording
Walton County Courthouse Annex
31 Coastal Centre Boulevard
Santa Rosa Beach, Fl 32459
**Destin, Okaloosa Island (Fort Walton Beach), Florida**
Clerk of Court
Marriage License Division
Okaloosa County Courthouse Annex
1940 Lewis Turner Blvd
Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32547
South Santa Rosa County Service Center
5841 Gulf Breeze Parkway
Gulf Breeze, FL 32563
**Pensacola Beach, Florida**
Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller
MC Blanchard Judicial Building
190 Governmental Center
Pensacola, Fl 32501