A Simple Wedding in Key West

Getting married in Key West, Florida.

How to get a Florida Marriage license:
NOTE: The Monroe County Courthouse is now requiring appointments to obtain your marriage license.
Call 305-292-3458
Fee is $86.00 (plus service fee for credit cards)
There is NO waiting period for NON- Florida residents.
Florida residents have a 3 day wait.

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.

Note: the Monroe County Clerk (Key West) does NOT offer this service.

Monday, September 5, 2022
Monday, October 10, 2022
Friday, November 11, 2022
Thursday, November 24, 2022
Friday, November 25, 2022
Monday, December 26, 2022
Monday, January 2, 2023

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.

Key West location
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

Miami-Dade Courthouse Metro-Dade Flagler Building
140 West Flagler Street, Suite 1501 Miami, Florida 33130

Broward County Courthouse
201 S.E. 6th Street Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301


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: $86.00 (cash or check; fee for credit cards). The exception is if both parties are Florida residents, have both provided proof of a premarital class cost is then $53.50. 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. Apostille Seal: Some countries such as Germany, Austria, Italy, etc. may require an apostille seal.