In Monroe County, the Clerk's Office is the issuing agent of Marriage
License for the State of Florida. The Clerk's Office provides this service at the
Key West Courthouse
500 Whitehead Street
(corner of Whitehead & Southard, Lester Bldg.)
Key West, FL 33040
Marathon Branch Courthouse
3117 Overseas Highway
(48 1/2 Mile Marker Ocean Side)
Marathon, FL 33050
Upper Keys Gov't Center
88820 Overseas Highway
(88 1/2 Mile Marker Gulf Side)
Plantation Key, FL 33070
Clerk of Court
50 High Point Road
Plantation Key, FL 33070
Applicant must be eighteen (18) years old to obtain a
marriage license. Sixteen (16), and Seventeen (17), year olds must have both parent's
consent. If you are younger, parent's consent/consent of a County Judge, and proven
pregnancy may apply, depending on the age and situation. Both applicants must appear
in person at the time of application.
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.
If either applicant has been previously married, the
exact date of the last death, divorce, or annulment must be provided. You should bring
a copy of your divorce decree with you at the time of application.
The license must be used within sixty (60) days from
the "effective date". Below is the effective date criteria:
- If both parties are Florida residents they must both attend a premarital class
and present certification of the attendance to the clerk at the time of application.
There is no waiting period. If no class is attended, there is a three
(3) day waiting period (from the date of issue), before the marriage ceremony may
This class must be taken thru 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 only one of the couples is a Florida resident and the Florida resident
takes the course, there is no waiting period.
- If both parties are out of state residents, there is no waiting period.
A marriage may be performed by regularly ordained clergy,
judiciary, State of Florida notaries, the Clerk of the Circuit Court, and Deputy
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
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 original license is sent to the
OFFICE OF VITAL STATISTICS in Jacksonville.
The process takes approximately 3 weeks.
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