Learn about the Clerk and Comptroller's Marriage Services

  • Marriage Application

    • How far in advance of the ceremony do we need to get our license?

    • I go to school in another state, but my home address is in Florida. Does that make me a Florida Resident?

    • I recently moved. How does that affect me getting a Marriage License?

    • I was married before. Do I need to bring a copy of my divorce record?

    • If I do not have a Social Security Number, can we still get a Marriage License?

    • Is a blood test required?

    • Is an appointment required to get a marriage license?

    • Is reading the Family Law Handbook online, is that the same thing as taking a Premarital Counseling Course?

    • What are the benefits of completing a Premarital Counseling Course?

    • What forms of ID are accepted to get a Marriage License?

    • What is the oath we take when we get our Marriage License?

  • Marriage Ceremony

    • Are witnesses necessary?

    • Can a Notary from another state marry us?

    • Can we get married at the courthouse? Is there a cost?

    • Do we need to make an appointment to get married at the courthouse?

    • Does our Marriage License expire?

    • Does the Clerk and Comptroller's office perform weddings on weekends?

    • I recently became an ordained minister. Do I need a special license or to register to perform the ceremony?

    • Is there a waiting period before we can get married?

    • We want to get married at one of Sarasota's beaches or parks. Do we need a permit?

    • When is the first day we can get married?

    • Where can we use our Marriage License?

    • Who can marry us?

  • Marriage Licenses - After the Ceremony

    • How do I change my name after I get married?

    • We're headed out on our honeymoon. Can someone else return our Marriage License for us?

    • What do we do with our Marriage License after the ceremony?

    • Who needs to sign the Marriage License after the ceremony?

  • Marriage Licenses - Marriage Records

    • Can I look up marriage records online?

    • How do I order an Apostille or Exemplified Copy of my Marriage License?

    • How do we purchase extra copies of our Marriage License?

    • I cannot find our Marriage Record in the online search. What should I do?

  • Marriage Licenses - Special Circumstances

    • Does the Clerk and Comptroller provide foreign language interpreters?

    • Does the Clerk and Comptroller provide sign language interpreters or ADA assistance?

    • Help! We lost our Marriage License. How do we get a duplicate license so we can get married?

    • I am 17 years old. Can I still get married?

    • We found a mistake on our license. How do we amend our Marriage License?

    • We have a special circumstance. Can we still apply for a marriage license?

    • We want to renew our vows. Do we need to get a Marriage License?