Florida Marriage License

Florida Beach Wedding Marriage License Process

In order to get married on the beach in Florida, or anywhere else in Florida, you need to apply and receive a Florida marriage license, regardless of the state you reside in. This is the document that allows you to officially Tie the Knot under the law, and once married, your union will be recognized nationwide. Commitment ceremonies and vow renewals do not require licenses. Florida marriage licenses can be obtained in any Florida courthouse, and will be valid for 60 days to be married anywhere in Florida. You can apply in person at the local Florida Clerk of Courts office or utilize  Florida Marriage License Express for guaranteed service for non-Florida residents.

Florida County Clerk’s Offices-West Coast of Florida


Pinellas County Clerk of Court Website

  • Bride and Groom must apply together, in person. It is the couple’s responsibility to obtain license.
  • Both must provide a State issued photo ID and have social security numbers along.
  • Both must be 18 years of age, or parental consent will need to be completed.
  • No blood tests required.
  • Out of state residents have NO waiting period-Can be married the same day license is applied for.
  • FL residents have a 3 day waiting period OR a 4 hour counseling session.
  • If either party has divorced in past 6 months, copy of divorce decree is required.
  • Fee is $93.50 or reduced to $61 for FL residents who completed 4 hour course.
  • License is valid for 60 days to perform ceremony-so don’t apply too early!
  • Present your marriage license to Tide the Knot Beach Weddings officiant prior to ceremony.
  • After your ceremony, the Tide the Knot Beach Wedding officiant will file your license and in approximately 10 days you will receive a certified copy of your marriage license.

Florida Marriage License Express

Florida Marriage License Express Website

  • Guaranteed service for non-Florida residents via Fed Ex
  • Ideal for couples that cannot arrive in Fla Mon-Fri before the Clerk of Court’s office closes by 5:00 PM
  • Specialty services for Canadian & European couples
  • Your marriage license will be processed and delivered to Tide the Knot Beach Weddings prior to your ceremony