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Florida Marriage Licensing Questions

I posted this in the Destination Wedding area, but then I realized it might make more sense to post here in the Florida forums.

My fiance and I want to have a destination elopement. We live in Ohio and plan to have the ceremony in Florida. We're both really confused on the license aspect of marriage:

  1. Can we do licensing paperwork in Ohio to speed up the process? Can the Florida officiant sign it?
  2. Does everything have to be done in Florida if that is the location of the ceremony?

From this website, I found the following:

"You can get married in any county in Florida, regardless of where you obtained your marriage license."and "There is a 3-day waiting period after issuance of the license before you can get married."

Does this mean we can get our license in Ohio, and as long as three days have passed, we can then marry in Florida?

Re: Florida Marriage Licensing Questions

  • dolewhipperdolewhipper [wh]orlando member
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    You get your license in the state you are getting married in.

    If you are out of state you do not have the waiting period. 

    Go to any Florida courthouse when you arrive and get your license. Your officiant will sign when you get married and (usually) file it for you. You will get a copy in the mail in OH. 


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