Clay County Clerk
of the Circuit Court

Marriage License

Marriage License Application Computers

Located inside the Recording Department, these computers are used to complete the online license application.

We love assisting couples as they take the first step in their married lives together!

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.

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 Statute 741.0405.  While a link to an online application form is provided at the bottom of this page for your convenience, the marriage license application process is not complete until both parties appear in person at the Clerk’s Office, as noted in the online application form disclaimer below.

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

With the license and other details all taken care of, couples are ready to enjoy their special day.

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 Statute 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 is completed prior to obtaining license.  The 3-day waiting period begins the day after the license is issued.  For example, if the license is issued on Monday, day 1 of the count is Tuesday, day 2 is Wednesday, day 3 is Thursday, Friday is the first day the couple can be married.
  • Marriage License Application Fee = $86, unless Premarital course completed.
  • Amending a License = $30 (see link below).
  • Replace Lost License = $30
  • Valid identification required for both parties.
  • Family Law Handbook – Family Law HandbookEn Espanol
  • If 18 years and older:
    • Requires valid government-issued identification with signature
    • If married before, must provide exact date of when last marriage ended
  • If 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 (Florida residents only) waives the 3-day waiting period and reduces the Marriage License Application fee to $61.
    • Class must be completed prior to making application for the Marriage License.
    • Class instructor must be registered with Clay County; Provider List is provided below.
    • Couple must contact provider to ascertain next available class and if any fees are associated with the class.
    • Premarital Preparation Course Provider registration form is provided below.
    • Premarital Statement form is required to be completed by all couples – do not sign until you are in front of the Deputy Clerk at one of our offices.
    • Out-of-state residents require a valid government-issued identification with signature.  The 3-day waiting period is waived, thus you can be married the same day.  However, if either party is a Florida resident, the 3-day waiting period will apply unless a waiver is received by a judge.

Required Documents, Forms & Helpful Resources

Online Marriage License Application Form Disclaimer

Disclaimer – Please read carefully:

To finalize the issuance of your marriage license – even after successful completion of the form online - both parties must come together into the office of the Clerk of the Court. Valid identification must be presented then for verification. For Florida residents, the 3-day waiting period does not begin until you have appeared in our office to pay the appropriate fees and sign the actual license. After full completion of the form online, please write down the 6-digit number provided after you click "submit" and bring that number with you when you come in person, together to finalize the license at the Clerk’s Office.

If you select “yes” above, then click "continue", you’ll be able to access and complete the online marriage license application form.
If you selected “yes” and are instead returned to this same page, you must set your browser security to allow “cookies” and then retry.
If you select “no” above, access to the online marriage license application form is denied.