Florida is one of only three states (the other two are South Carolina and Maine) who authorize their notaries public to “solemnize the rites of matrimony.”


The couple must obtain a marriage license from a county court judge or clerk of the circuit court in Florida and present it to the notary public before the marriage ceremony.

A marriage license is valid for 60 days after issuance.

You must perform the ceremony of marriage before this 60 days has expired.

Blood Tests are not required.

There is a 3-day waiting period after issuance of the license before you can get married, unless you have completed the Florida pre-marital course, in which case the waiting period is waived.  For non-Florida residents a marriage license is effective immediately upon issuance.

See sample of a simple, civil ceremony.  It may be personalized, and the bride and groom may even exchange their own vows.  But, the couple’s vows must reflect their intentions to make a legally binding commitment to each other.


See sample of Wedding Vows


Florida Wedding Ceremony Sample (English)