Key West Wedding Planning Guide

Key West is a perfect location for your wedding or commitment ceremony. Whether your wedding is large or small, grand or simple, or if you just need accommodations for your guests at one of our Key West Inns, we can help you plan an unforgettable event. We have six, unique hotels to choose from and two event & sales managers to help you organize all the details to make your Key West Wedding elegant, yet carefree. To help get you started, we have put together this guide of our favorite vendors. Please contact our events manager Mary Simmons for further information. We look forward to helping you plan your special event.

Marriage License Information

Issuance: Applicant must be eighteen years old to obtain a marriage license. Those who are sixteen and seventeen must have both parents’ consent. Both applicants must appear in person at the time of application.

Identification: Applicant’s must provide a valid picture-type ID, with date of birth shown. You may use a driver’s license, passport, student ID Card, Military ID, or Alien Registration Card. There is no residence nor citizenship requirement.

Prior Marriages: If either applicant has been previously married, the exact date of the last death, divorce, or annulment must be provided. You should bring a copy of your divorce decree with you at the time of application.

Time Limit: The license must be used within sixty (60) days from the “effective date”. Below is the effective date criteria:

-If both parties are Florida residents they must both attend a premarital class and present certification of the attendance to the clerk at the time of application. There is no waiting period. If no class is attended, there is a three (3) day waiting period (from the date of issue), before the marriage ceremony may take place. This class must be taken through an authorized provider listed in Monroe County. Original certificate of completion is required at time of application. List of providers is available upon request.

-If only one of the couples is a Florida resident and the Florida resident takes the course, there is no waiting period.

-If both parties are out of state residents, there is no waiting period.

Solemnization: A marriage may be performed by regularly ordained clergy, judiciary, State of Florida notaries, the Clerk of the Circuit Court, and Deputy Clerks.

Fee: The marriage license fee is $93.50. The exception is if both parties are Florida residents and they have both provided proof of a premarital class. The cost is then $61.00.

Recording of License: After the marriage, the person who performed the ceremony must return the license, within ten (10) days, to the marriage license section, where it will then be recorded in the Official Records. Until that license is received, there is no record of the marriage. After the license has been recorded, a certified copy will be returned to the newlyweds, by mail. The original license is sent to the OFFICE OF VITAL STATISTICS in Jacksonville. The process takes approximately 3 weeks.

Clerk of the Court: 530 Whitehead Street, Key West, FL . 33040 (305) 294-4641