How to Get a Florida Marriage License in Broward County
Before exchanging rings, you'll need a Florida marriage license. Marriage licenses are issued by counties, and you can apply for your license at your local county clerk's office. Here are the steps to take before walking down the aisle.
Broward Marriage License Requirements
Getting a Broward marriage certificate is as easy as walking down the aisle. You’ll sign the official document following the wedding, then the marriage certificate will be sent to you by the local county after your ceremony.
Get a New Marriage License in Fort Lauderdale
When applying for a marriage license in Broward County you’ll need to both apply in person, and have a valid ID, along with your Social Security Numbers.
Have You Been Married Previously?
If either of you have been married previously, you’ll need to have the date when the divorce was final, or proof of the divorce if it was granted recently.
Florida Statutes 741
Florida Statutes 741 also has information on marriage licenses, including fees and procedures. You can find the statutes online at http://www.flsenate.gov/statutes. Click on the link to "Title XLIII, Domestic Relations" and then click on Chapter 741.
Replace or Get Copy of Your Broward Marriage Record
Note: Broward does not have any restrictions on who can order marriage certificate records. If you need to get a copy of your own Broward 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
How to Apply for a Record of Marriage in Broward
• 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, and $4 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 get the Broward marriage record copy in the mail.
How to Change Your Name After Marriage in Broward
Changing Your Name on Legal Documents in Fort Lauderdale and other Broward County cities
• Starting with your Social Security card and driver’s license, determine what other documents need to reflect your name change.
• Fill out an S-5 form in order to change your name on your Social Security card. You can download the form online, have it mailed to you or pick it up at your local Social Security office. For more information, please visit http://www.socialsecurity.gov/women/.
• Take a certified copy of your marriage certificate to your local Broward License office and show them the document to have your name changed on your license. Once you pay the fee, the office will issue you a new license with your new name.
• Show your Broward county marriage certificate to a bank representative to have your name changed on all of your accounts. They will keep a record of your past names so that you won’t experience problems making deposits under your maiden name.
• Send a copy of your Broward marriage certificate to any of your credit card companies (if applicable). They will change your name on the account and issue you new cards reflecting the change.
Same Sex Marriage in Broward
Currently, same sex marriage is not legal in the state of Florida. Even though a gay or lesbian couple cannot tie the knot in Fort Lauderdale or other cities in Broward, they can get married in a state where same sex marriage is legal.
Defense of Marriage Act
In June 2013, the Supreme Court denied the Defense of Marriage Act, which affects gay and lesbian couples who marry and reside in states where same sex marriage is legal. In these states, same sex couples who have been married can now collect federal benefits.
States Where Same-Sex Marriage is Legal:
• District of Columbia
• New Hampshire
• New Jersey
• New York
• Rhode Island
Domestic Partnerships in Broward County
Because same sex marriage is not legal in Florida, gay and lesbian couples that want to unite can consider registering for a domestic partnership in Fort Lauderdale as a way to reap the legal benefits of building a life together. In a Broward domestic partnership, a couple can own property together, share joint bank accounts and enter into contracts together, such as living wills and co-parenting. Domestic partnerships are currently legal in seven Florida counties, including Broward County.
Florida Counties Where Domestic Partnerships Are Legal:
• Palm Beach
Broward County Clerk of Courts
For a marriage license in Broward County, pay a personal visit (both you and your spouse) to the Broward County Clerk of Courts. Broward County Courthouse hours are between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Broward County Clerk
1600 West Hillsboro Blvd.
Deerfield Beach, FL 33324
For more information and a detailed checklist, please see the Florida Marriage License Checklist & Forms Packet.