Florida is an open-record state. A wide array of different vital records can be accessed and obtained provided seekers follow certain guidelines which include Florida Marriage Records. In Florida, marriage records are maintained by the Florida Department of Health’s Bureau of Vital Statistics. Provided the marriage of interest happened in Florida, seekers are free to obtain marriage records from June 6, 1927 to the present from the Bureau. Marriages that occurred prior to June 6, 1927, however, must be obtained from the country clerk’s office in which the marriage occurred.
Following a marriage, the Marriage License is filed and recorded with the Clerk of the Court. After this process takes place the Marriage License is then forwarded to the Bureau of Vital Statistics where it is permanently kept. Due to processing times, it may take up to 60 days for the Bureau of Vital Statistics to receive any given license from the Clerk of the Court.
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Those who want to obtain Florida Marriage Records by mail can do so by following specific guidelines and paying a $5 fee. First, an application or signed letter must be completed that contains specific information. Required information pertaining to the marriage itself includes the names of both the husband and wife, date of marriage and the city or county which issued the license. Additionally, the application must include the name, mailing address and telephone number of the individual(s) seeking any given marriage record.
Upon completing the marriage record request application, it can then be submitted to the Florida Bureau of Vital Statistics with the $5 fee in the form of check or money order. Upon submitting the application the Bureau asks that individuals wait up to 2-3 weeks for the request to be received. Alternatively, a “RUSH” service can be requested which will be processed within 3 working days and returned via first class mail. Due to the nature of this request, an additional $10 fee is required.
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