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Clerk’s office anticipates increase in marriage license applications 

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (November 2, 2011) – Whether it’s a lucky number or a nifty anniversary date, thousands of couples across the nation will exchange vows on November 11, 2011 – or 11/11/11.

That means the Clerk & Comptroller’s civil division could experience higher-than-average volume, as more couples are expected to apply for marriage licenses in the next two weeks.

“We’re advising brides and grooms to plan ahead so that getting a marriage license isn’t the last thing on their wedding checklist,” said Clerk Sharon Bock.

Clerk Bock has these tips for couples who plan to marry on November 11:

Don’t wait to get your marriage license! Florida law requires a mandatory three-day waiting period between the time couples get their license and their actual marriage ceremony, unless they complete a premarital course. The exception: Out-of-state residents can get a marriage license at any time before their ceremony.

Don’t forget – November 11 is Veterans Day. The Clerk’s office and all Palm Beach County courthouses are closed for the holiday, so clerks will not be available for marriage licenses or ceremonies, or for any of our other services.

Don’t hold onto that license too long! Marriage licenses are only valid for 60 days after they’re issued. If a license expires, the couple will have to come to the courthouse and reapply for a new license. 

The Clerk’s office normally issues an average of about 674 marriage licenses during the month of November.

Marriage licenses are available at the Main Courthouse in West Palm Beach and at branch courthouse locations in Belle Glade, Delray Beach and Palm Beach Gardens.

For more information about getting a marriage license in Palm Beach County, or to learn more about the Clerk’s Sensible Start wedding packages, visit www.mypalmbeachclerk.com or call the Circuit Civil division at 561-355-2986.

The Florida Constitution established the independent office of the Clerk & Comptroller as a public trustee, responsible for safeguarding public records and public funds. Clerk Sharon Bock is directly elected by and accountable to Palm Beach County residents.  In addition to the roles of Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Recorder and Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, the Clerk & Comptroller is the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Auditor for Palm Beach County.

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