a Marriage License
- Both bride and groom
must be at least 18 years of age
- Proof of age is
required to obtain a marriage license. A drivers
license, certified copy of your birth certificate,
or a military I.D will suffice.
- If either party
is under the age of 18, but at least 16 years of
age, a marriage license can be issued upon presentation
of written consent from both natural parents, if
living and not divorced. If divorced, the
parent signing the consent must present a copy of
the custody papers. (If applicant has been married
before, the forgoing does not apply.) Stepparents
may not sign unless proof of adoption is shown.
the actual license
Applicants apply to
any county in Florida for a Marriage License in order
to be married in Florida. In the immediate Pensacola
Beach area, these two county offices are closest:
Rosa County Service Center
5819 Gulf Breeze Blvd
Gulf Breeze, Florida
Tel: (850) 934-8187
(Directions: drive east of Gulf Breeze on Route 98.
The center is on the south side of the highway, just
past the Gulf Breeze Zoo).
License Fee: $ 93.50
Local Rules: There will be a waiting
period of 3 days if either person is a resident of
Florida. There is NO waiting period for non-residents.
If either party has been divorced within the past
year, Santa Rosa County requires a certified copy
of the Final Judgment or Decree. If it has been
longer than a year, you need furnish only the date
your last marriage ended (month/day/year).
County at the M. C. Blanchard Judicial Center
190 Government Street
Tel: (850) 595-4182 ("Marriage License Office")
License Fee: $99.00
Local rules: There will be a waiting
period of 3 days if either person is a resident
of Florida. A mere listing of the date of
divorce is acceptable in Escambia County. The waiting
periods of other states will be honored.
Within 10 days after
the marriage is performed, the license must be returned
(generally by the officiating clergy) to the Marriage
License Division of the Clerk's Office in the county
which issued it. There is no record of marriage until
this is done. One certified copy of the marriage license
will be provided, and additional certified copies
may be obtained for an additional fee.
3. Marriage Licenses by Mail. It
is possible for non-Florida residents to obtain a
marriage license by mail. Time is required for
processing, etc., therefore, lead time is required.
check out the web site for information.