If you want to search for Public Florida Marriage Records, you can head to the Florida Office of Vital Statistics. They keep and update marriage records that occurred since June 6, 1927. If the record that you want to obtain occurred prior to that date, you can head to the specific county Clerk’s office or church where the wedding occurred.
The public is given the right to access marriage documents because they are deemed as public documents. The documents are the only documents recognized by the court to support the authenticity of a marriage. If a person intends to get a divorce, marriage documents are part of the requirements. Some people make use of the documents to check if the person that they are about to get married to is not involve in another marriage.
If you wish to access the marriage files of another person, you must be able to supply the names of the husband and the wife, and when and where their marriage took place. Your detailed contact information is also required. There is a fee of $5 for a copy of a marriage certificate and an additional fee of $4 if want to get extra copies. The fees that you pay to the Vital Statistics Office will not be returned to you if in case the files you requested for are not located. If your request is approved, you must wait around two to three weeks before you can get the search results. If you wish to have the files as soon as possible, you can opt for a rush service and get results within three business days.
A couple must secure a marriage license so that their marriage can be considered legal. Both the bride-to-be and the groom-to-be must be present at the time of the application for the license. Both parties must present a valid ID that is issued by the government and it should contain their full name, age, and signature. If one of the couple is under the age of 21, a written consent from the parents should be provided. The cost for applying for a license is $93.50. The issued license is valid for 90 days, which means that the couple make use of the license within that span of time. However, they must wait at least three days before they can proceed with the matrimonial rites.
It will not be easy to locate the files if you are not aware where exactly they are kept. Luckily, you can start an online search with the help of various search tools. You can search the web for search tools that specialize in providing public files. Make sure that you check the credibility of a search tool before you avail of their services. You can refer to user reviews, if you can find any, because they reveal what previous and current clients think of their service.
You can also find service providers that can provide you with Marriage License Records. However, that can be a little tricky if what you are requesting is not your own because normally they are offered only to the couple, their legal representatives, and individuals or groups that have the authorization from the court.