Avoid the three day wait requirement and save $32.50 on your marriage license in Polk County.
The Polk County Courthouse will reduce your marriage license application fee from $93.50 to $61.00 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 Polk County Marriage License website. Please refer to the Polk County Clerk of Court website for additional information. http://www.polkcountyclerk.net/
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Marriage License Information: (863) 534-4516
Who May Apply For A Marriage License?
Where Consent Is Required, Is Consent Of Both Parents Required?
Yes, unless the parents are divorced and the custody and control is placed in one parent, then only the parent having such custody and control shall be required to give the written consent. All written consents must be acknowledged (notarized). If the parents have been granted shared parental responsibility, both parents must sign.
Is There A Waiting Period For Issuance Of The License?
Yes. There is a three day waiting period if either of the parties to the marriage are residents of Florida. This waiting period will be waived if both parties provide proof of having received pre-marital counseling from a provider who has been approved by the Clerk of the Circuit Court for Polk County. A list of approved pre-marital counselors is available on this website as well as from the Courthouses in Bartow, Lakeland and Winter Haven. Couples who provide proof of having completed pre-marital counseling may obtain a marriage license and be married the same day.
Who are the approved providers of the marriage class in Polk County?
Please see the premarital course providers list.
Are Blood Tests And Physical Exams Required?
No. The law requiring these tests was abolished October 1, 1986.
Are there any other requirements?
Yes, the law requires applicants to have read the Marriage Handbook and affirm that they have read it when applying for a marriage license. If either party has been married previously and is no longer married because of divorce or death of the spouse, you will need to provide the date (month/date/year) the divorce was granted or the spouse passed away in order to complete the marriage license application.
Must I Apply For A Marriage License In The County Where I Live?
No, a marriage license may be applied for and solemnized in any Florida county.
Where Can I Apply For A Marriage License In Polk County?
A marriage license may be obtained Monday through Friday, 8:00 am. to 5:00 p.m. at the Marriage Division of the Clerk of Circuit Court’s Office on the first floor of the Polk County Courthouse in Bartow. Licenses also may be obtained at the Lakeland and Winter Haven branch Courthouses.
How Long Is A Marriage License Valid Once It Is Issued?
The marriage must be solemnized within sixty (60) days of issuance of the Marriage License. The ceremony can be performed anywhere in the State of Florida.
Who May Perform Marriage Ceremonies?
Who Is A “Regularly Ordained Minister”?
He/she is a minister who has been recognized in the manner required by the regulations of the respective denomination to perform marriage ceremonies.
May A Marriage Be Solemnized Without A License?
No, Section 741.08 F.S. states that the party solemnizing the marriage shall require a properly issued license before performing the ceremony.
When And Who Should Return The License To The Clerk?
A marriage cannot be officially recorded until the license is returned to the Clerk. It should be returned within 10 days after the wedding. The party who performed the marriage is responsible for returning the completed license.
Can I Be Married In The Clerk’s Office?
Yes. Deputy Clerks are authorized and available during normal working hours to perform marriage ceremonies. The fee for this service is determined by Florida Statute and is currently $30.00.
What Is The Fee For A Marriage License?
The fee for a marriage license is $93.50. The Clerk retains $32.00 for taking the application, recording and preserving it as a permanent record of his/her office. However, the legislature provides that the remaining $61.50 be used to fund various state agencies and trust funds. For couples who have completed approved pre-marital counseling, the fee for a marriage license is $61.00. There is a $7.00 additional fee for the Affirmation of Common Child(ren), when a couple share parentage of minor children born in Florida.
Can I Pay For My Marriage License With A Personal Check?
No, payment for marriage licenses must be made by cash or credit card.
Changing Information On Documents
If your marriage means a change in name and/or address, remember to make the following important notifications:
Where To Write For A Copy Of Your Marriage License
Department of HRS Division of Vital Statistics P. O. Box 210 Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042 (904) 359-6955
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If you were issued your marriage license in Polk County contact: Stacy M. Butterfield, Clerk of Circuit Court Drawer CC-11, Post Office Box 9000 Bartow, FL 33831-9000 (863) 534-4547