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How to Sign a Marriage Certificate After the Wedding

Making a mistake in this process could nullify your marriage. Follow these few simple steps to avoid an instant annulment:

1: Get Started with Online Application Services

Online application assistance can simplify and streamline the process for many Florida marriage-related services, including: information on obtaining a new marriage license, reasons for requesting a marriage record, as well as changing your name after marriage. In addition to the free forms and general instructions available from your Clerk of Court, you will receive a comprehensive checklist and forms packet specific to your needs, fast answers to tough questions and prompt service from a friendly staff.

2: Via the Clerk of Court

If you prefer to access additional marriage licenses and marriage records, visit a state-specific online resource for extra support regarding all your marriage licensing needs.

Sign your marriage certificate correctly after the ceremony to validate your marriage.

You must apply for a Florida marriage license in the county where you intend to get married prior to the wedding.

Once you have your marriage license, you can have your wedding ceremony within that county after the required waiting period has been met and as long as the marriage license is still valid. After your wedding ceremony, the marriage certificate must be signed to validate your marriage. Making a mistake in this process could nullify your marriage.


  • Meet with your officiating person and at least two witnesses -- typically the maid of honor and best man -- directly after the ceremony to sign the marriage certificate. Arrange this in advance so all parties are present.
  • Sign the marriage certificate using the name that appears on the marriage license, not your new married name. The bride and groom both have to sign the document.
  • Have the officiating person and your witnesses sign the certificate. Once all signatures are in place and the signed certificate is filed with the county clerk's office, your marriage is legal and valid.

Download the Marriage License Packet to assist you with the Florida marriage license process, as well as help you research additional information on various marriage topics.