Marriage Licenses & Ceremonies
Couples wishing to get married in Florida may apply for a license at any Clerk & Comptroller location throughout Palm Beach County. Marriage licenses are issued through the Clerk's Circuit Civil department.
The license is valid in any Florida county for a period of 60 days. Once issued, Florida residents must wait three days to get married, unless the couple attends a premarital course from a registered provider and presents the certificate of completion when applying for their license. There is no waiting period for non-Florida residents (see Waiting Period & Discounted License for additional exceptions to this rule). The Clerk’s office also performs marriage ceremonies.
Marriage License Requirements
Both parties must be present when applying for a marriage license and each must present one of the following forms of identification:
- Driver's license issued in the United States;
- Federal or state identification card; or
- Passport showing your name and date of birth (birth certificates or green cards are not accepted).
If either person was married before, the manner in which the last marriage ended and the exact date the marriage ended are needed. Copies of the death certificate, final decree of divorce, annulment or blood test are not required. You do not have to be a resident of Florida to apply.
Both parties must read the Family Law Handbook (available below) prior to obtaining a marriage license.
Requirements for Minors 16 to 17 years old (one or both applicants)
All of the following are required:
- One of the forms of identification listed above;
- Minor's birth certificate showing parent's name; and
- A parental consent form may be obtained at the time of the application. Both parents must be present with their own identification on hand. The exception will be if the parents are divorced and one parent has full custody of the minor. In this case, proof of custody must be presented and only the consent of the custodial parent will be required in writing.
Requirements for Minors Under 16 (one or both applicants)
- All the requirements listed above for 16 to 17-year-olds;
- Under oath, swear that they are the parents or expected parents of a child;
- Provide proof in the form of the child’s birth certificate or written statement from a licensed physician verifying pregnancy; and
- May require judicial review.
A previously married minor may apply without the need for parental consent.
Waiting Period & Discounted License
The mandatory three-day waiting period for Florida residents may be waived if the couple attends a premarital course (minimum of 4 hours) from a registered provider and presents a certificate of completion when applying for a license. There is no waiting period for non-Florida residents.
Additionally, both residents and non-residents of Florida may receive a $32.50 discount on their marriage license by completing a premarital course. The course must be completed no more than one year prior to the date of application for a marriage license. Both parties must attend the course and, once again, a certificate of completion must be presented at the time of application to be eligible for the discount.
Certificates or letters showing completion of a premarital course must include the number of hours attended (minimum of 4 hours required).
A directory of premarital course providers is available online (PDF) and at all court locations.
Say “I do” to savings by tying the knot at the Clerk’s office. The office performs ceremonies Monday through Friday at all courthouse locations (not available at the Midwestern Communities Service Center). It also offers a "Sensible Start Wedding Package," which includes a marriage license, ceremony, wedding photography, and marriage certificate all for less than $150.
Sensible Start Wedding Package*
- Marriage License
- Marriage ceremony in the beautifully-decorated matrimonial room
- Photography Package (four digital photographs on CD with one 8” x 10” print)
- Commemorative Certificate
- Free online wedding announcement
Lower cost options are available. See service charges & fees. Cash, check or money orders are accepted.
*The decorated matrimonial room and wedding photography are available at all locations, with the exception of the West County Courthouse in Belle Glade.
Copies & Certified Copies of Marriage Licenses
To view a marriage license recorded in Palm Beach County, search the Official Records online. Uncertified copies may be printed on your own printer for free. Certified copies may be obtained from the Clerk's Records Service Center. If your license was obtained in another county or state, you must search the records in that county or state.
Marriage License Application
Affirmation of Common Children Born in Florida
Pursuant to Florida Statute 741.01, this form is provided to allow both parties to the marriage to state under oath in writing if they are the parents of a child born in this state and to identify any such child they have in common by name, date of birth, place of birth, and if available, birth certificate number - one form per child.
All Clerk & Comptroller locations are open Monday-Friday (except legal holidays) from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Our mailing address is P.O. Box 4667, West Palm Beach, FL 33402-4667.
|Main Courthouse, Room 3.2300
205 N. Dixie Hwy.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Telephone: (561) 355-2986
|North County Courthouse
3188 PGA Blvd., Room 1202
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Telephone: (561) 624-6650
|South County Courthouse
200 W. Atlantic Ave.
Delray Beach, FL 33444
Telephone: (561) 274-1588
|West County Courthouse
2950 State Road 15, Room S-100
Belle Glade, FL 33430
Telephone: (561) 996-4843
For USPS Express, Priority or Certified Mail (signature required) to the West County Branch, send to:
P.O. Box 4115, West Palm Beach, FL 33402
|Midwestern Communities Service Center
200 Civic Center Way, Suite 500
Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411
*Marriage licenses only, no ceremonies
Telephone: (561) 784-1271