F.A.Q.

Our Most Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a marriage license from the State of Florida?
Yes. It is necessary to obtain a Florida marriage license before to any marriage ceremony taking place in Florida or on a cruise ship departing from a Florida port.
Do I need to obtain the license in the county where I'm getting married?
No. Florida marriage licenses are valid in any county within the State of Florida.
There is a Clerk of Court online application in the County where I’m getting married. So I’m done, right?
No. That is an application to save you time when you are applying in person. Both partners still need to appear in person to get the marriage license before the wedding (we are Clerk of Court coordinators to circumvent you needing to go to the courthouse in person provided you apply for your license through us)
Can we really skip the trip to the courthouse for our Florida marriage license?
Marriage License via Mail is reliable, secure and a top-ranked Marriage By Mail provider. Our service enables out of state and UK couples to obtain a license to marry in the State of Florida without physically having to visit a Florida courthouse. We are Clerk of Court authorized coordinators. We obtain your marriage license on your behalf, saving you the time and stress of finding the courthouse and applying in person up to 6 months before the wedding. For more information about our services or questions you may have, please feel free to contact us by calling us toll-free at 1-888-219-6750.
How Much Does Getting Our License by Mail Cost?
Our Standard Package is available to early planners with weddings taking place more than 45 days out from applying with us.

Our Express Package is our most popular package and is available to couples with weddings taking place within 45 days (45 days or less) of applying with us. This package includes expedited shipping (for US or International residents) to you and your wedding officiant or minister.

Can’t my officiant/minister apply for the license for us?
Not usually. The couple (both applicants) must apply in person or by authorized proxy. Florida Marriage License Via Mail is approved and authorized by the State of Florida to act as an intermediary between the applicant and the court.
What are the steps for getting our Florida license by mail?
  1. Fill out our application and pay the fee for us to complete the process (includes the State of Florida court license issuance/recording fee) 
  2. We email you your pre-license to sign, have notarized and send back to us by mail.
  3. We file with the Clerk of Court and make sure your license is ready and waiting for you or your wedding officiant in Florida.
How soon in advance should I start the application process?
You can begin the process as early as 6 months before to the ceremony and as late as a month prior. We recommend starting as soon as you book your wedding.

Our Standard Package is available to early planners with weddings taking place more than 45 days out from applying with us.

Our Express Package is our most popular package and is available to couples with weddings taking place within 45 days (45 days or less) of applying with us. This package includes expedited shipping (for US or International residents) to you and your wedding officiant or minister.

What is the difference between the Standard Package and the Express Package?
Our Standard Package is available to early planners with weddings taking place more than 45 days out from applying with us.

Our Express Package is our most popular package and is available to couples with weddings taking place within 45 days (45 days or less) of applying with us. This package includes expedited shipping (for US or International residents) to you and your wedding officiant or minister.

How Long Does The Process Take?
Once you apply and make your payment, you should receive your documents back in about 5 days via e mail. If you get the notarized documents back to us in a timely manner – the process can be completed within 4 – 5 weeks.
Is Identification Required?
Yes. When you apply with us online, there will be a place for you to upload a photo identification. The identification can be in the form of a passport, driver’s license, or state ID.
If I Was Married Before, What Do I Need To Do?
We do not require to see copies of your divorce decree or decree absolutes, but you will be asked to put the date your last marriage ended and the reason on our application form.
Can I Use Marriage License Via Mail if I am a Florida Resident?
Yes you can now apply for a wedding license by mail – just remember we build in the 3-day waiting period required for Florida residents.
Do I Have to Do Anything Else After I Send You the Notarized Pre-License?
Nothing! As soon as the Clerk of Courts approves your notarized license, we will forward the License to your wedding officiant. The officiant will take it to the ceremony and then mail it back to us for recording as a legal document. We will mail you the Certified Copy of your license for name changes, etc.
Do I Need an Apostille?

An Apostille is a certification provided under the Hague convention of 1961 for authenticating documents for use in foreign countries.. Many countries require an Apostille to legalize your marriage in your home country.

 

The function of the Apostille is to certify the authenticity of the signature of the document. In Florida, the Apostille contains the original signature of the State Registrar and the Secretary of State.

Many countries outside of the US will require an Apostille to legalize the wedding in your home country. Some marriages have to be filed with the Embassy of the respective Country. Please check with your local marriage license department if an Apostille is required to legalize your wedding in your home country.

 

If required, please go to http://notaries.dos.state.fl.us/notproc7.html to obtain this document (we do not provide this service).