Gulf County Marriage License Information

Gulf County Clerk's Office: General Information

Address: 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Room 148, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
Phone: (850) 639-5068 ext. 1105
Approved Premarital Course Provider List. Under the topic "Marriage License FAQ's", there is a downloadable course provider list. On this list, we are located near the end. We are listed as: Elizabeth Hekimian-Williams, Envision Love, LLC.

Marriage License Overview

Before a couple can get a marriage license, they will need to appear in person at the clerk's office and provide:

  • A completed application
  • Valid photo ID (driver's license, state issued ID, passport, etc.)
  • Social security numbers (or alien registration number)
  • Information about a previous marriage, if applicable
  • Marriage license fee

Fees & Discounts

The cost for the marriage license, including the state and county fees is $93.50. However, couples who attend an approved premarital course will only pay $61.00. In order to receive this discount, the couple must bring the premarital course certificate of completion with them when they apply for their license.

Marriage License Use & Restrictions

After applying for your Florida marriage license, there is a 3-day waiting period. The couple will not be able to be married until the effective date. However, when a couple takes an approved premarital course, the county clerk will waive the waiting period. This will allow couples to be married on the same day. Non-Florida residents do not have a waiting period. Once you receive your marriage license, it is valid for 60 days from the issue date. The license must be returned to the clerk's office within 10 days after the ceremony is performed. After the marriage has taken place and the license has been returned, Gulf county clerk's office will send the couple 4 certified copies of the marriage certificate at no charge. Couples who wish to have additional copies may purchase them for $4.50 each.

Who Can Marry a Couple?

Marriages must be performed by any of the following:

  • Regularly ordained minister of the gospel, elders in communion with a church, other ordained clergy
  • All judicial officers, including retired judicial officers and notary publics of the state of Florida
  • "Quakers" and "Friends" can perform the marriages in the manner and form used in their society

Since Gulf county is near the Gulf of Mexico, some couples wish to have their ceremony aboard a ship. Couples who chose this route should be aware that the captain must be a notary and the ship must be within 3 geographic miles of the coastline at the time of the ceremony in order for it to be a valid marriage.