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Marriage Laws & Marriage License Broward County

State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.

Broward County Marriage License Office:
Broward County Clerk
201 SE 6th Street
Room 270
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 831-7283 ext. 7842
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. / M – F
Closed for holidays Observed by Broward County

How to get a Marriage License in Broward County
ID Requirement in Broward County:
Broward County requires that you have picture ID such as a driver’s license and your Social Security card or a valid passport number or I-94 card. You may be asked for a certified copy of your birth certificate.

Previous Marriages:
If you have been previously married, the date of your divorce or date of your spouse’s death must be supplied. If the divorce or spouse’s death occurred within the past 30 days, a certified copy of the divorce decree or death certificate is required.

Waiting Period:
There is no waiting period for Broward County residents who have both completed a state sanctioned marriage preparation course within the last 12 months. There is a three-day waiting period for Florida residents who have not taken the course.

Fees:
$93.50. Many offices do accept credit cards now, but be sure to check with the local county recorder or clerk to make sure.

Marriage Preparation Course:
Effective January, 1999, Broward County couples will have to consider the consequences of divorce before they can get married. Prospective brides and grooms are now required to read a small booklet which describes situations such as how a court would divide their assets and information about child support payments. The good side of all this is that licenses will be available for less than $93.50 if a couple attends a four-hour course to improve communication, financial and parenting skills before marriage. Court Clerks are allowed by law to waive the three-day waiting period in the event of a “hardship” case.

Other Tests: None.
Proxy Marriages: No.
Cousin Marriages: Yes.
Common Law Marriages: No.
Same Sex Marriages: No.
Under 18:
If an individual is under 18 years of age, but older than 16 years of age, a marriage license can be obtained with parental consent. If a parent has sole custody or the other parent is dead, the permission of one parent is sufficient. If a person is under the age of 16, the marriage license has to be issued by a county judge, with or without parental permission. If a minor’s parents are both deceased and there is not an appointed guardian, he/she may apply for a marriage license. A minor who has been previously married may also apply for a license. A minor who swears that they have a child or are expecting a baby, can apply for a license if the pregnancy has been verified by a written statement from a licensed physician. A county court judge may at his/her discretion issue or not issue a license for them to marry.

Officiants: Weddings by Officially Yours (954) 788-2940
Any ordained or licensed clergy, notary public’s, and justices of the peace.
License is valid for sixty (60) days.
Copy of Certificate of Marriage:
Department of Children and Families
Division of Vital Statistics
P. O. Box 210
Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042
904-359-6955

LOCATIONS (for the Palm Beach County courthouse)

  • Our office is in room 3.2300 of the new courthouse located at 205 North Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach and is open from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday, except legal holidays.
    Telephone: (561) 355-2986
    Phone operators are available during offices hours from 8:00 A. M., to 5:00 P.M.
    Our mailing address is P.O. Box 4667, West Palm Beach, FL 33402-4667.
  • The CENTRAL county office in Downtown West Palm Beach, from I-95 take Okeechobee Blvd East to Australian go North on Australian to Banyan. Turn right or East on Banyan to Dixie Highway.
    Limited parking is available on the street, in nearby private lots and in the County Parking Garages. These facilities charge for parking.
  • The ROYAL PALM BEACH office is located at 200 Civic Center Way, Suite 500, Royal Palm Beach, 33411.
    Telephone: 561-355-2230.
    The office opens from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday, except legal holidays. Phone operators are available from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M..
  • The SOUTH county office in Delray Beach is in Room 160 of the Courthouse at 200 W. Atlantic Avenue.
    Telephone: 561-274-1588
    The office opens from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday, except legal holidays. From I-95 exit East on West Atlantic Avenue. There is free parking available behind the Courthouse. Phone operators are available from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M

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