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Replace or Get Copy of Your Florida Marriage Record

If your Florida Marriage Record or Certificate is lost, stolen or destroyed, you must obtain a copy. Here are the steps to take to receive your copy:

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.

Note: Florida does not have any restrictions on who can order marriage certificate records.

If you need to obtain a copy of your own Florida marriage record, you need to mail an application requesting a copy of a marriage record to the Florida Bureau of Vital Statistics.

Things You'll Need

  • Application Form DH-261
  • Pay Service Fees

Instructions on How to Apply

  • Download and print out form DH 261, the Application for a Marriage Record for Licenses Issued in Florida, from the State of Florida's Department of Health website.
  • Complete the application form. The application form will require you to provide information such as the full names of the husband and wife on the record, the date of marriage and the city or county where the marriage license was issued. You will also need to provide your own information including your name, address and phone number.
  • Write a check made payable to the Bureau of Vital Statistics for the application fee. As of January 2011, the fee for one copy of a marriage record is $5.00, and $4.00 for any additional copies of the record. If you're not sure of the year of marriage and would like them to search a number of years, they charge $2 for each additional year searched. You can write out the total charges on one check, and indicate on your application that you want additional copies or additional years searched.
  • Mail in your application to the Florida Bureau of Vital Statistics. Expect to wait two to three weeks to receive the marriage record copy in the mail.


  • You can also hand in your application in person to the Florida Department of Health's Office of Vital Statistics in Jacksonville, Florida, Monday through Friday between 8 AM and 4:30 PM. The same processing times apply.
  • For rush processing, which will have your request processed in three business days, include a check for $10.00, made out to VitalChek, a private company that handles rush orders. For express delivery, include a pre-paid express delivery envelope in your application package. You can also pay with a credit card through VitalChek for an additional service fee of $7.00.

To learn more, download the new Florida Marriage License Checklist & Forms Packet to assist you with the Florida marriage license process, as well as offer you helpful information on popular marriage topics.