How to Buy A Marriage License in Duval County, Florida

Updated: Jan 27, 2020

Getting married in Jacksonville Florida is EASY, EASY, EASY. Just follow these three easy steps and you will be ready to get married right away.

But first, save $25 off your license by going to In the state of Florida, premarital counseling is required to buy a marriage license, or you will get penalized at the marriage license office. Without it you will pay an extra $25 fee, be given a 3-day waiting penalty and you’ll have to sign a form, I call the naughty form, stating in writing you did not complete premarital counseling, which is embarrassing.

Fortunately, you can download a free and easy to use course online at The program is The 52 Most Important Questions To Ask Before You Get Married. Just click on the link. The course and certificate of completion will automatically download. Simply print it off, talk through the questions, put your name and date on the form and bring it with you to the marriage license office. It will save you $25, waive the waiting penalty and you will look smart and prepared.

To get your marriage license follow these 3 easy steps.

1) Go to room 2403 at the Duval County courthouse. This is the marriage license office and the clerk’s who work in there are the nicest ladies in the world. You will be in and out in about 30 minutes usually, an hour if you hit a rush and must wait. But they have four clerk’s and it’s usually straight in. The Courthouse is in downtown Jacksonville at 501 West Adams St Jacksonville, Florida 32202. There’s plenty of parking available either on the street or in the parking garage. Street level parking is only 50 cents an hour. The parking garage is $4 an hour, $10 all day.

2) Bring with you these documents. To buy the license you will both need to be present and you will need to provide to the clerk your certificate of completion of premarital counseling, your state issued ID’s (out-of-state and passports acceptable), your Social Security number (card not required), and the date of your last divorce decree, if applicable.

3) Pay the fee. The cost of a marriage license is $86 without the counseling certificate but for you it will only be $61 when you get your free premarital course at

After you buy your marriage license you will need someone to solemnize your wedding. Many courthouses, including Duval county, DO NOT PERFORM wedding ceremonies.

But that’s ok. There is a Walk-in Wedding Chapel located right across the street from the courthouse at 404 W. Adams St. inside MaddyD’s Café. It is very romantic, designed like a beautiful outdoor garden.

There is a wonderful retired navy chaplain, Chaplain Scott, who performs weddings for $49 Monday through Friday 10-6. The ceremony includes a vows and ring exchange, God-blessing, pronouncement of marriage, You can keep your special moment forever buy purchasing a video and photo package available for an additional $50 that most couples take advantage of. The Memories for A Lifetime package includes a high definition video of your ceremony and more than 100 high definition photographs in 5 to 7 poses including the famous dip and kiss. It is lots and fun and you will be able to share your special moment with all your friends and family and post them on social media.

In conclusion, getting married in Jacksonville, Florida has never been easier. Go to and get your free course, save some time and money, get your license and get happily married today. You will have a long and happy life together.

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