Avoid the three day wait requirement and save $32.50 on your marriage license in Okaloosa County. We do provide the approved premarital course in an online format so you can save money on your marriage license and avoid waiting 3 days to have your marriage license issued to you.
The Okaloosa County Clerk of Court will discount your marriage license application fee $32.50 upon completing our online premarital preparation course.
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.
For your convenience, D’Arienzo Psychological Group has supplied information here from the Okaloosa County Marriage License website. Please refer to the Okaloosa County Clerk of Court website for additional information. http://www.clerkofcourts.cc/
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Please take a moment to review the following information. At the bottom of this page is a link to our Kiosk questionnaire. Please complete the Kiosk information within 1 week of your arrival to our office. You are also required by Florida law to sign a statement attesting that you have read the Florida Family Law Handbook. A link to this handbook is also available within the Kiosk’s Disclaimer.
Both parties must be present when applying for a marriage license and each must present one of the following forms of identification:
If either person was previously married, the manner in which the last marriage ended and the exact date the marriage ended (month, day and year) are required. Copies of the death certificate, final decree of divorce, annulment or blood test are not required. You do not have to be a resident of Florida to apply.
If either person is a Florida resident, a mandatory 3 day waiting period applies. The license’s “Effective Date” will be 3 calendar days after the “Issue Date”. The bridal party will not be able to marry until on, or after the “Effective Date”. The license will expire 60 days after the issue date.
All of the following are required:
Previously married minors may apply without parental consent. The minor must provide a certified copy of the previous marriage’s certificate and a certified copy of the death certificate or divorce decree.
Yes, unless the parents are divorced and the sole legal custody and control is placed in one parent, then only the parent having such sole custody and control shall be required to give the written consent. All written consents must be acknowledged under oath (notarized or witnessed by a deputy clerk).
Florida law (f.s. 741.01) requires all Florida residents to either take a four (4) hour premarital preparation course given by an authorized course provider or wait three (3) days from the date of issuance for the license to become effective. Additionally, Florida law requires the course provider to be registered in our county in order for the three (3) day waiting period to be waived and for the bridal couple to be eligible for the discounted license fee. A Certificate of Course Completion must be presented at time of application.
f.s. 741.0305 prescribes the following to be qualifying course providers:
1. A psychologist licensed under chapter 490.
2. A clinical social worker licensed under chapter 491.
3. A marriage and family therapist licensed under chapter 491.
4. A mental health counselor licensed under chapter 491.
5. An official representative of a religious institution which is recognized under s.
*496.404(19), if the representative has relevant training.
6. Any other provider designated by a judicial circuit, including, but not limited to,
school counselors who are certified to offer such courses.
The qualifying course provider must be registered in our county in order to be eligible for waiver of the three (3) day waiting period and discounted license fee.
No. If both the bride and groom are non-Florida residents, there is no waiting period for the license to become effective.
No. The law requiring these tests was repealed October 1, 1986.
No, a marriage license may be applied for and solemnized in any Florida county.
A marriage license may be obtained Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Clerk of Circuit Court’s Office in either the Okaloosa County Courthouse, 101 E. James Lee Boulevard, Room 10, Crestview, FL or at the Okaloosa County Courthouse Annex, 1250 N. Eglin Parkway, Shalimar, FL.
The marriage must be solemnized within sixty (60) days of issuance of the marriage license. The ceremony may be performed anywhere within the State of Florida.
Note: Boat Captains are not authorized to perform marriage ceremonies in the State of Florida unless they are otherwise qualified as provided above. Marriage ceremonies must take place within Florida’s boundaries (within 3 geographical miles of the coastline).
He/she is a minister who has been recognized in the manner required by the regulations of the respective denomination to perform marriage ceremonies.
No, Section 741.08 F.S. states that the party solemnizing the marriage shall require a license issued according to f.s. 741.01. before solemnizing the ceremony.
No. Florida Marriage Licenses are only valid within the state boundaries.
No. The parties must present valid government issued photo ID, such as driver license from their state or a passport from their country. Valid consular ID cards are also accepted.
If you are a U.S. citizen, or have been issued a social security number, you must provide it at time of application (f.s. 741.04). Use of this number through this requirement shall be limited to the purpose of administration of the Department of Revenue Title IV-D program. It is sent to the Florida Department of Health, Office of Vital Statistics as part of your marriage record.
VERIFY VALID DATE RANGE:
Observe the dates contained in blocks 18a, and 19. Ensure the marriage is solemnized within this valid date range. Ceremonies performed outside of this valid date range will not be accepted by the Florida Health Department, Office of Vital Statistics.
ENTERING INFORMATION INTO THE CERTIFICATE SECTION:
Witness signature(s) in blocks 24 and 25 are optional by Florida law.
The ceremony must be performed within the state boundaries of Florida.
OFFICE USE ONLY SECTION:
Please be sure to leave the upper right-hand corner, beneath (STATE FILE NUMBER), of the license blank. This area is intentionally left blank for the county’s recording information. If you have a Notary Seal, please affix it to the area adjacent to the Certificate portion directly over the word SEAL, or affix it in block 23b.
Returning the Completed Marriage License to the Clerk:
A marriage cannot be officially recorded until the original license is returned to the Clerk. It should be returned within ten days after the ceremony. We recommend the license be returned in person, or send it by Certified or Express mail. As this is an original, irreplaceable document until it is recorded, we discourage using regular mail. Our mailing address is:
Don W. Howard, Clerk of Circuit Court 101 E. James Lee Blvd Recording Dept – Room 10 Crestview, FL. 32536
Upon receipt of the original completed license, a certified copy will be mailed to the mailing address provided at time of application. Bridal parties who return the original license in person will receive their certified copy while they wait.
One certified copy is provided as part of the marriage application fee. If you need to purchase additional certified copies, the cost is $3.00 per certified copy.
Yes. Deputy Clerks are authorized and available during normal working hours to solemnize marriages at the counter. The fee for this service as set by Florida Statute is $30.00. If you would like a deputy clerk to perform your ceremony, please arrive in our office by no later than 4:30 pm. As our office space is limited, and we perform many services apart from marriage ceremonies, please limit the number of guests to as few as possible. If you wish to have guests, we recommend you contact and make arrangements with a minister or Florida Notary Public to perform your ceremony. Local Notaries Public are usually listed in the printed and online telephone directories.
In Okaloosa County, we accept:
No. Talk to your clergyman, chaplain, or religious advisor or personal counselor.
Florida law prohibits marriage to anyone they are related to by 3 degrees of lineal consanguinity.
Clerk of Circuit Court Recording Department 101 E. James Lee Blvd Crestview, FL 32536 Phone: (850) 689-5000 ext. 3362
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