Residency: You need not be a resident of Florida to apply for a marriage license in Collier County.
Age: Applicants must be 18 years of age. Anyone 16 or 17 years of age must have their parents’ consent. (Consent forms available in Clerk’s Office).
If an applicant is younger than 16 years of age, parental and/or judicial consent may be required depending upon the age and situation.
Both applicants must appear in person at the time of application.
Prior Marriage: If either party was married previously, the applicant is required to provide the date the marriage ended.
Common Child(ren): Applicants with common child(ren) born in Florida must complete an Affirmation of Common Children Born in Florida Form. The completed form will be signed by both the bride and groom and submitted by the Clerk to the Department of Health with the original marriage certificate as required in F.S. 741.01 .
Identification: A driver’s license, government issued identification card or passport may be presented at the time the application is made. The application form includes listing your Social Security number.
Application Fee: A fee payable in cash, check or money order is required at the time the application is made.
Fee: Marriage license fees may be discounted by presenting a marriage preparation course Certificate of Completion for both applicants from a registered course provider at the time of application, as outlined in F.S. 741.0305 (5).
Note: Course providers shall register with the Clerk of the Circuit Court by filling out and submitting a Registration Affidavit for Premarital Preparation Course
View the list of course providers who have registered with the Clerk of the Circuit Court in Collier County, FL .
Waiting Period: The license must be used within 60 days from the “effective date” on the application. There is a 3-day waiting period for Florida residents ONLY**. This will be waived, when and if, both parties have completed a marriage preparation course and present the certificate of completion at the time of application.
**There is no waiting period for out-of-state residents.
Ceremony: The Marriage ceremony must take place within the state of Florida. A Florida notary public, an ordained clergy, the Clerk or Deputy Clerk of the Courts or judiciary, may perform a marriage ceremony.
Recording of License: After the marriage, the person who performed the ceremony must return the license to the Recording Office, in person or by mail, within 10 days; at that time, it will be recorded in the Official Records. After being recorded, a certified copy will be returned to the newlyweds by mail, and the original license will be sent to the Office of Vital Statistics in Jacksonville, FL.