Getting married is a momentous occasion, signifying the beginning of a lifelong commitment between two individuals. While the prospect of marriage brings joy, it also involves various legal processes that can be overwhelming. To alleviate any confusion, this quick guide walks you through the steps of getting married through our office. You can also download our checklist to keep handy as you work through the process.
Here’s how to apply for a marriage license in Polk County, Florida, including Auburndale, Bartow, Davenport, Dundee, Eagle Lake, Fort Meade, Frostproof, Haines City, Lakeland, Lake Alfred, Lake Wales, Mulberry, Polk City, and Winter Haven.
Step 1: Online Marriage Application
Before visiting our office, complete the online marriage application. The application must be submitted within 90 days, and both individuals must appear in person to finalize the process.
Step 2: Read the Marriage Handbook:
Read the Marriage Handbook before arriving at the Clerk’s office.
Step 3: Premarital Course (Optional)
Couples have the option to attend a premarital course provided by an approved provider. Completion of the course waives the 3-day waiting period and reduces the marriage license cost. Approved providers can be found in our Premarital Course Providers Directory.
Step 4: Visit Clerk's Office
Marriage services are provided at all of our locations. Both parties must be present when applying for a marriage license, and both must know their social security number. Both must also bring an accepted form of identification. These include:
- Driver’s license issued in the United States;
- Federal or state identification card; or
- Passport showing your name and date of birth
You also need a form of payment to cover the fees. Accepted payment methods include cash or credit card. A list of fees and accepted credit cards are available on our Marriage page.
Step 5: Three-Day Waiting Period
Florida residents must wait three days after the license is issued before getting married unless they have completed a premarital course. The waiting period does not apply to non-Florida residents.
Step 6: Perform Ceremony
The marriage ceremony must be performed in the State of Florida by an approved provider, which includes various officials, including judges, Clerks of the Circuit Court, ordained clergy, and Florida notaries, among others. Forgo the stress! The Clerk’s office offers simple weddings in our newly renovated marriage ceremony rooms for $30.
Step 7: Record License After the Ceremony
The person officiating must complete the Certificate of Marriage and return it to the Clerk's office within 10 days. The license can be returned in person or by using the pre-addressed envelope you received when you applied. We then record the license into the official records and mail the couple a free certified copy. Additional certified copies can be purchased through our office, and non-certified copies are available online for free.
Marriage is an exciting time for a couple. From applying for a license to recording the marriage, our office is here to assist and guide you through each step. Should you have any questions or require further information, feel free to contact us. We wish you a lifetime of happiness as you embark on this special journey together.