The answers to the most frequently asked questions we receive can be found below. If you would like to speak with a team member about your questions please e-mail us or call us at 1-888-219-6750.
How does this work?
Marriage by Mail is Florida’s top-ranked and most secure Marriage By Mail provider. Our service allows out of state couples to obtain a license to marry in the State of Florida without physically having to visit a Florida courthouse. Our team is authorized by the Miami Dade County Marriage License Bureau to obtain your marriage license on your behalf, saving you time, stress, and money. 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 and a team member will assist you.
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.
How soon in advance should I start the application process?
You can begin the process as early as a year before to the ceremony and as late as a month prior. We recommend starting as soon as you book your wedding.
What is the difference between the Standard and Expedited package?
Our Standard Package is available to early planners with weddings taking place more than 60 days out. For example, if your wedding is set for June 1st, then you may select this package up until April 1st.
Our Expedited Package is our most popular package and is available to couples with weddings taking place more than 30 days out. For example, if your wedding is set for June 1st, then you may select this package up until May 1st. This package includes expedited shipping (for US or International residents) to you and your wedding officiant or minister.
Can my wedding officiant / minister / notary apply for my license on my behalf?
No. The couple (both applicants) must apply in person or by authorized proxy. Marriage by Mail is approved and authorized by the State of Florida to act as an intermediary between the applicant and the court.
Is there an age requirement to get married in Florida?
Both applicants must be 18 years old when applying for a marriage license.
Are medical exams required?
No. Medical exams are not required in Florida.
Are same sex marriages recognized in Florida?
Yes! Same-sex marriage is recognized in all 50 states. We can assist same-sex couples in getting a Florida marriage license by mail. Please call us at 1-888-219-6750 with any questions.
Do I need to show evidence of divorce?
No, but the exact date that your previous marriage ended is required on the application.
Will identification be required?
Yes. When you apply, there will be a place for you to upload a photo identification. The identification can be in the form of a passport, drivers license, or state ID.
What do I need to do after mailing back my notarized marriage 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..
How do I find a wedding officiant in Florida?
Marriage by Mail can assist with Officiant services. Please ask a member of our team for additional information, or you can schedule an officiant here.
How does my marriage get recorded after the ceremony?
One of the benefits of our service is that you do not need to revisit the courthouse to return your license. We provide you with a self-addressed envelope for you to mail the original forms back to our office. We then visit the courthouse on your behalf for the third time to hand deliver the license and record the marriage immediately.
When will I receive my Marriage Certificate?
Typically, the Clerk of Courts will take 3-4 weeks to process your marriage certificate. The marriage certificate will be mailed directly to the address YOU provide on the application. If you would like to receive it sooner, you may take advantage of our Rush Certificate Delivery service so that you can receive the certificate within seven days. You can add the Rush Certificate Delivery at checkout.
Do I need to register my marriage with my home state?
No. If you live in the United States, your marriage in Florida is automatically recognized in any state. International clients should check with local government for any additional requirements. Usually, international clients will need an apostille.
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. Most countries require an Apostille to legalize your marriage in your home country.
The sole 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.
Marriage by Mail will apply for the Apostille directly with the Florida Office of Vital Statistics. You may add the Apostille here.
How do I change my name?
Marriage by Mail can assist with the name changing process. Please ask a member of our team for additional information.
What happens if my wedding is postponed?
If the court hasn’t yet issued your license (may take place between 1-60 days before the wedding), then we may keep your paperwork on file for up to one year.
What happens if my wedding is cancelled?
Unfortunately, we may not issue a refund once we begin the application process.
Is Marriage by Mail available to Florida residents?
At this time, Florida residents must apply in person with their local Clerk. Marriage by Mail is available to residents of the following states and US territories:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, American Samoa, US Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam.
Marriage by Mail is also available to all International residents including but not limited to residents of:
Canada, United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales), Ireland, France, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Venezuela, Peru, Barbados, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, Panama, New Zealand, China, Japan, India, South Africa, and Australia.
Obtaining your Florida Marriage License By Mail is easy, fast, and secure. We have helped thousands of couples save time and stress by taking care of their marriage license before arriving in Florida.
Have additional questions? Call us at 1-888-219-6750. A team member will be happy to answer any questions you may have.