Just like any other records which are archived in the state of Florida, Marriage Records Florida are also made available for public viewing. Marriages in Florida are often announced in the local newspapers. It can also be found in church registries, family bibles and marriage books of a county.
There are several reasons for looking up marriage records. The most common is for genealogy research in order to know the origin of a certain family. Retrieving these records would also help in processing the application to remarry after a divorce. The marriage record can also help in looking for possible spouse or partner that is not linked to one’s family.
A marriage record contains general information about the union of two people. It also contains details of the marriage such as the name of the bride and groom along with the date and the place of marriage. The state of Florida includes the names of the parents of the newlywed together with the names of the witnesses in the marriage record.
Marriage Records that have been issued in Florida from June 6, 1927 up to the present can only be obtained from the Office of the Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics. However, marriages that have been issued before that year can be accessed at the County Clerk of court which may vary on each county. There are even records that are over a century old.
The State of Florida does not provide any restrictions for searching a marriage records from the central statistics office. A fee of $5.00 is charged for the retrieval of a license. An additional fee of $4.00 will be charged for the request of another certification of the same record when it is ordered at the same time. The processing time would usually take a maximum of three weeks; however it can also be requested to be done in three days for an extra charge. Additional fees are then requested for other requests such as the printing of the certificate. Manually requesting for the retrieval record is neither refundable nor transferrable.
The whole process of retrieving the Florida marriage record can take time. It would take even longer if the search does not only cover the state of Florida. With the advancement of technology, accessing public marriage records has become a breeze. Some websites can retrieve basic information of a marriage without any charge but there are websites that offer their service to retrieve a more detailed record for a very reasonable price. Archives.com is a great example of an online service that provides detailed information about a certain marriage and the great thing about it is that they also offer refunds for records that were not successfully retrieved.