Florida Marriage License Search
Each county in Florida issues marriage licenses. Some marriage license records are sent to a centralized database at the Florida Department of Health. After the ceremony is complete, the county maintains some of the records and may allow a free Florida marriage license search.
You must pay for certified copies of marriage records. However, counties like Miami-Dade provide a free way to get basic Florida marriage records. Miami-Dade has an online database where you may search for evidence of a Florida marriage (see Sources). Running a license search may or may not yield results. The marriage may have occurred even if you do not find a record of it. Free marriage-license searches are provided on an “as is” basis.
When running a search for marriage license records, it is best to have the actual license number. This is likely to be the more accurate way to find evidence of a Florida marriage. If you do not know the license number, you need to provide as much information about the bride and groom as possible, including name and date of birth. You also need to know the approximate date of the marriage to find an accurate result with a license search.
Look up the county website where the marriage took place to run a search. The county of the marriage may or may not provide free searches. Miami-Dade is a very large county that has a more extensive website and free services than some other Florida counties.
Getting Copies of Florida Marriage License Records
You may wish to have a more reliable record of a Florida marriage than a simple online search. Florida provides certified copies of Florida marriage license records. While a county may or may not have records on a particular marriage, the Florida Department of Health maintains a central database of all marriages from June 26, 1927 to the present (see Sources). The exception to this is marriages that took place within the last 60 days. For marriages that occurred before June 26, 1927 (or marriages within the last 60 days), contact the county clerk of court.
Note that some counties may still be able to provide copies of Florida marriage license records occurring from 1927 to the present. However, the Florida Department of Health provides a convenient way to order Florida marriage certificates. Follow these steps to get a copy of Florida marriage licenses from the Department of Health:
1. Download the paper application from the Department of Health’s “Marriage and Divorce Certificates” page (see Sources).
2. Fill out the form, including as much information as possible. If you are not sure about the year of the marriage, you can pay extra to order a search of the records. As of 2010, you must pay $2 per year for the search.
3. Make out a check or money order to the “Bureau of Vital Statistics” to order a marriage certificate. You may order one copy for $5 and additional copies at the same time for $4. The request takes two to three weeks. However, you may also pay an extra $10 for rush service of three working days. If you are in a hurry, you can also include a pre-paid “Express Mail” envelope for overnight delivery when ordering the rush service.
Note: You may also pay by credit card for an extra fee by calling 877-550-7330.
4. Send the application for a Florida marriage certificate and fees to the following address:
Bureau of Vital Statistics
Attn: Customer Services
Post Office Box 210
Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042
Miami-Dade County Free Florida Marriage License Search Online
Florida Department of Health Marriage and Divorce Certificates