CLERK OF COURT & COMPTROLLER
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA
Both people (parties) must appear in person together and must provide proof of all of the following:
Both people must jointly complete a marriage license application form at the kiosk in our office. You will be asked to provide the start and end dates of any previous marriages and how the marriages ended, if applicable.
Florida law requires that both people read the Marriage Handbook [external website link] before applying for a marriage license.
Nonrefundable marriage license fee of $86.00. The fee is $61.00 for Florida residents who have completed a premarital preparation course with a qualified registered course provider. (If you are a pre-marital course provider and you are not on this list, you can download information on how to register.)
The following methods of payment are acceptable: cash, money order, traveler's check, credit card, or personal check. If paying with a personal check, your name and current address must be imprinted on the check and a photo identification is required.
If you decide to come to the Clerk's Office without an appointment, you can view current wait times and locations for Marriage Licenses here to decide when the best time is for you to come in to our offices. We also offer appointments to apply for a marriage license at our Downtown Tampa location using ClerkExpress (appointments are only available at our Downtown Tampa location; all other locations are walk-in only for marriage services, but you can still check their current wait times before heading there).
The date the marriage license is issued does not count as the first day. You will need to wait an additional two full days. You may then be married on the following day:
A marriage license issued in Florida is only valid within Florida.
A marriage license issued by another state is not valid in Florida.
A Florida issued marriage license can be used anywhere in Florida, but must be returned to the county Clerk that issued it to be recorded after the wedding is performed.
We now offer the option to schedule an appointment for application for a marriage license and to schedule an appointment to get married at our Downtown Tampa location using ClerkExpress. You can also check our current marriage license wait times for our locations that process marriage license applications before coming to our offices to see how long your wait will be if you want service at a different Clerk location. Generally, there is no wait or a wait of just a few minutes for marriage license applications, so appointments are not needed. Come on down!