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Clay County Clerk of the Circuit Court

Marriage Licenses

Every marriage license is issued by a county judge or clerk of the circuit court under his/her hand and seal. The county judge or clerk of the circuit court shall issue such license, upon application for the license, if there appears to be no impediments to the marriage. Florida Statute 731.01

Written Application Required

To seek an application, the parties to the marriage must first file an affidavit in writing, sign such affidavit, and subscribe before an authorized person to administer an oath, reciting the true and correct ages of such parties; unless both parties are over the age of 18, except as provided Florida Statue 741.0405.

Issuance in Blank Prohibited

As per Florida Statute 741.03 it is unlawful to send out any marriage license signed in blank to be issued upon application to persons not in the office of the county judge or clerk of the circuit court.

License Must be Certified and Filed Within 10 Days

Upon solemnizing any marriage, the authorized person shall within 10 days make a certificate thereof on the license, and transmit the same to the office of the county judge or clerk of the circuit court from which it issued. Florida Statue 741.08

Marriage License Processing Deadline

Due to the amount of time it takes our clerks to process an application for a marriage license, paperwork is required to be filed by 4:00 pm in order for your application to be completed by 4:30 pm.

General Considerations

Governed by Florida Statute, Chapter 741

  • License is valid for 60 days after issuance
  • 3 day waiting period required for Florida residents, unless Premarital Class completed prior to obtaining license
  • Marriage License Application Fee $86.00, unless Premarital course completed.
  • Amending a License $30.00 (see link below)
  • To Replace a Lost License $30.00
  • Valid identification required for both parties
  • Family Law Handbook – Family Law HandbookEn Espanol
  • 18 years and older:
    • Requires valid Government issued identification with signature
    • If married before, must provide exact date of when last marriage ended
  • 16 and 17 years old
    • Requires valid Government issued identification with signature
    • Requires certified copy of state issued birth certificate
    • Requires parental consent from both parents along with a copy of each parent’s identification if one parent has sole custody, a certified copy of the court order granting sole custody must be provided
  • Under 18 and pregnant
    • Must see the County Judge with written proof of pregnancy from a physician
  • Premarital Counseling Class
    • Not required, however completion of this class by both parties waives the 3 day waiting period and reduces the Marriage License Application fee to $61.00
    • Class must be completed prior to making application for Marriage License
    • Class Instructor must be registered with Clay County. (see provider list below)
    • Couple must contact Provider to ascertain next available class and if any fees are associated with the class
    • Provider list (See below)
    • Registration form (see link below)
    • Premarital Statement Form required to be completed by all couples- do not sign until you are in front of the Deputy Clerk
    • Out-of-State Residents requires valid Government issued identification with signature, no 3 day waiting period required, can be married the same day

Reference Material

Clay County Clerk of the Circuit Court © 2018

825 North Orange Ave. | P.O. Box 698 | Green Cove Springs, Florida 32043 | 904-269-6302