Avoid the three day wait requirement and save $32.50 on your marriage license in Manatee County.
The Manatee County Courthouse will reduce your marriage license application fee $32.50 upon completing our online premarital preparation course. The standard fee for a marriage license is $93.50, however, applicants who file a certification that both parties have completed our online premarital preparation course within the past 12 months, are entitled to a discount ($32.50), making their fee $61.00.
The cost of our the course is $19.99, so you will actually SAVE $12.51 on your marriage license and there will be no out of pocket cost.
Please refer to the Manatee County Clerk of Court website for additional information. http://www.manateeclerk.com/
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In Florida, the Clerk of the Circuit Court is the issuing agent for marriage licenses.
Any couple, if one or both parties is a Florida resident, may take a 4-hour premarital preparation course or wait three (3) days before the marriage license goes into effect. To receive a waiver of the three-day waiting period, a premarital preparation course must be completed within one year prior to obtaining a marriage license and a valid certificate of completion must be presented to the Clerk’s Office. Taking the premarital preparation course also lowers the standard fee.
View the Roster of Premarital Preparation Course Providers in Manatee County.
If all of the course requirements are met on the day of application, the marriage license will be issued and also be effective the same day. If the course requirements are not met on the date of application, the marriage license will be issued but will not be effective until three (3) days from the issue date. The expiration date will be sixty (60) days from the effective date and will appear on the license.
Notice: Florida Law Update FS 741.01
If you have a common child who was born in the State of Florida – there is an additional form that will be submitted to the Florida Department of Health . This will not be recorded and will be submitted along with your Marriage License once returned to our office. There is an additional fee of $2.00.
Both the bride-to-be and the husband-to-be need to be present when applying for a marriage license. Depending on which category applies to you, you will need to bring the following information:
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