Marriage License

In Monroe County, the Clerk’s Office is the issuing agent of Marriage Licenses for the State of Florida. The Clerk’s Office provides this service at the following locations:

Please contact our office for an appointment.

Key West Courthouse

500 Whitehead Street

(corner of Whitehead & Southard, Lester Bldg.)

Key West, FL 33040

305-292-3458

FAX: 305-295-3970

Marathon Courthouse

3117 Overseas Highway

(48 1/2 Mile Marker Ocean Side)

Marathon, FL 33050

305-289-6027

FAX: 305-289-1745

Plantation Key Courthouse

88770 Overseas Highway Ste 2

(88 1/2 Mile Marker Gulf Side)

Plantation Key, FL 33070

305-852-7145

FAX: 305-852-7146

ISSUANCE:

Applicant must be eighteen (18) years old to obtain a marriage license and cannot be related by blood. Please contact our office for information on obtaining a marriage license if you are under the age of 18 or refer to Florida statue 741.04 for requirements.

IDENTIFICATION:

Applicant’s must provide a valid picture-type ID, with date of birth shown. (Driver’s License, passport, student ID Card, Military ID, or Alien Registration Card.) There is no residence or citizenship requirement.

PRIOR MARRIAGES:

If either applicant has been previously married, the exact date of the last death, divorce, or annulment must be provided.

TIME LIMIT AND WAITING PERIOD:

The license must be used within sixty (60) days from the “effective date”. Below is the effective date criteria:


  • If one or both parties are a Florida resident, the couple must take a four-hour premarital preparation course, or wait three days before the marriage license goes into effect. To receive a waiver of the new three-day waiting period, a premarital preparation course must be completed within one year prior to obtaining a marriage license and a valid certificate of completion must be presented to the Clerk’s office. Taking the premarital preparation course also lowers the application fee. This class must be taken through an authorized provider listed in Monroe County. Original certificate of completion is required at time of application. List of providers is available upon request.

  • If the requirements are met on the day of application, the marriage license will be issued and will also be effective the same day. If the requirements are not met on the date of application, the marriage license will be issued but will not be effective until three days from the issue date.

  • If both parties are out of state residents, there is no waiting period.

SOLEMNIZATION:

A marriage may be performed by regularly ordained clergy, judiciary, State of Florida notaries, the Clerk of the Circuit Court, and Deputy Clerks.

COST:

A marriage license cost $86.00. The exception is if both parties are Florida residents, have both provided proof of a premarital class cost is then $61.00.

RECORDING OF LICENSE:

After the marriage, the person who performed the ceremony must return the license, within ten (10) days, to the marriage license section, where it will then be recorded in the Official Records. Until that license is received, there is no record of the marriage. After recordation, a certified copy will be returned to the newlyweds, by mail.

The process takes approximately 3 weeks.