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Information on getting married in Key West, Florida.
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Note: As of January 6, 2015, Same Sex Marriage is now legal in Florida.

Florida Marriage License:

  • Getting a Florida marriage license is VERY easy.
  • There is NO waiting period for NON- Florida residents. Florida residents have a 3 day wait.
  • Fee is $93.50.
  • You do NOT have to get married in the same county in which you obtain your license.
  • If you have been previously married, you will need to know the EXACT date your prior marriage ended
  • Witnesses are NOT required.
  • Blood tests are NOT required.
  • LICENSE BY MAIL - Are you visiting Key West on a holiday or weekend? It is possible for non-Florida residents to obtain their Florida marriage license by mail. Ask us about this service.

    COURTHOUSE IS CLOSED:
    Friday, April 14, 2017
    Monday, May 29, 2017
    Tuesday, July 4, 2017
    Monday, September 4, 2017
    Monday, October 9, 2017
    Friday, November 10, 2017
    Thursday, November 23, 2017
    Friday, November 24, 2017
    Monday, December 25, 2017
    IMPORTANT: The courthouse may close for additional dates during the Christmas and New Year holidays. This may not be decided more than 1-2 days in advance.











    COURTHOUSE LOCATIONS

    KEY WEST COUNTY COURTHOUSE
    500 Whitehead Street
    (corner of Whitehead ST and Southard ST; diagonal from the Green Parrot Bar.)
    TELEPHONE: (305) 292-3458
    HOURS: 8:30AM to 5:00PM Monday-Friday (EXCEPT HOLIDAYS)

    OTHER KEYS OFFICES
    A great option if you are driving down from the mainland.

    Upper Keys Government Center
    88820 Overseas Highway
    (mile marker 88 1/2 gulf side)
    TELEPHONE: 305-852-7145

    Marathon Branch
    3117 Overseas Highway
    (mile marker 48 1/2 on the ocean side)
    TELEPHONE: 305-289-6027

    SOUTH FLORIDA OFFICES

    Miami-Dade Courthouse
    Metro-Dade Flagler Building
    140 West Flagler Street, Suite 1501
    Miami, Florida 33130
    TELEPHONE: (305) 275-1155
    HOURS: 9:00AM TO 4:00PM MONDAY - FRIDAY (EXCEPT HOLIDAYS)

    Broward County Courthouse
    201 S.E. 6th Street
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
    HOURS: 8:00AM - 4:30PM MONDAY - FRIDAY (EXCEPT HOLIDAYS)

    CLICK HERE TO FIND OTHER CLERK'S OFFICES IN FLORIDA

    REQUIREMENTS
    Applicant must be eighteen (18) years old to obtain a marriage license. Sixteen (16), and Seventeen (17), year olds must have both parent's consent. If you are younger, parent's consent/consent of a County Judge, and proven pregnancy may apply, depending on the age and situation. Both applicants must appear in person at the time of application.

    IDENTIFICATION:
    Applicant's must provide a valid picture-type ID, with date of birth shown. (Driver's License, passport, student ID Card, Military ID, or Alien Registration Card.) There is no residence or citizenship requirement.

    PRIOR MARRIAGES:
    If either applicant has been previously married, the exact date of the last death, divorce, or annulment must be provided.

    TIME LIMIT:
    The license must be used within sixty (60) days from the "effective date". Below is the effective date criteria:

    NON-FLORIDA RESIDENTS - There is NO waiting period.

    FLORIDA RESIDENTS - If both parties are Florida residents there is a three (3) day waiting period (from the date of issue), before the marriage ceremony may take place. Waiting period can be waived both parties attend a premarital class and present certification of the attendance to the clerk at the time of application. This class must be taken thru an authorized provider listed in Monroe County. Original certificate of completion is required at time of application. List of providers is available upon request.
    * If only one of the couples is a Florida resident and the Florida resident takes the course, there is no waiting period.

    SOLEMNIZATION:
    A marriage may be performed by regularly ordained clergy, judiciary, State of Florida notaries, the Clerk of the Circuit Court, and Deputy Clerks.

    COST:
    $93.50 (cash or check only in Monroe County). The exception is if both parties are Florida residents, have both provided proof of a premarital class cost is then $56.00.
    RECORDING OF LICENSE:
    After the marriage, the person who performed the ceremony must return the license, within ten (10) days, to the marriage license section, where it will then be recorded in the Official Records. Until that license is received, there is no record of the marriage. After recordation, a certified copy will be returned to the newlyweds, by mail. The original license is sent to the OFFICE OF VITAL STATISTICS in Jacksonville.

    The process takes approximately 3-4 weeks.

    CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ON OBTAINING AN APOSTILLE SEAL.