Are You Getting Married in Cape Coral, Florida?
Any couple getting married in Cape Coral will need to apply together, in person, for a marriage license from the Lee County Clerk of Recording Office located at the Lee County Administration Building, 2115 Second Street on the 2nd floor in Fort Meyers, FL. You can apply for you marriage license Monday through Friday between 8:00am and 4:15pm. When you apply for your marriage license, be sure to have proper identification and documentation, such as a valid driver’s license from any US state, a valid US military ID card, valid passport, or a valid alien registration card. At the time of application, you must also submit your social security number, and if either of you have had a previous marriage, you will need to provide the date of annulment, death or divorce that terminated the prior marriage. All couples will be required to read a copy of the Family Law Handbook issued by the State of Florida. The Family Law Handbook is available for review online at the Lee County Clerk’s website.
How Much Will a Cape Coral Marriage License Cost?
A marriage license will cost $93.50 which will have to be paid in cash. If you and your spouse-to-be choose, you can enroll in a four-hour pre-marriage class and your cost would then be $61.00. Anyone who chooses can be married at the Lee County Clerk’s Office for a $30.00 fee Monday through Friday between 8:00am and 3:30pm. All fees must be paid in cash, and is non-refundable. If your marriage license is not used within 60 days, you will need to reapply and pay the fees again to receive a new marriage license. If you lose your marriage license prior to being married, you and your fiancee will have to return together to the Clerk of Recording Office to request a duplicate license. The cost for a duplicate is $40.00, cash only.
Who Can Preform a Marriage in the Cape Coral?
Any regularly ordained minister or clergy can preform a marriage ceremony in the state of Florida, and in addition, a notary public of Florida, a Clerk of Circuit Court, any judge, an elder in communion with a church and in special cases, “Quakers” or “Friends” of certain communities can preform wedding ceremonies. Please note that no one can be married on a cruise ship, that it is expressly forbidden by the US Navy and British Mercantile Marine Office and your marriage will not be recognized by any state in the union. You may have a family member preform your wedding ceremony if they are ordained, but only a notary public from Florida may marry you in Florida. If you have any questions about who will be preforming your marriage ceremony, contact the Lee County Clerk of Recording Office at (239)533-5007.
Can a Non-Cape Coral Resident(s) Be Married In Cape Coral?
Yes, you need not be a resident of the city of Cape Coral to be married in the city. In fact, you do not need to be a resident of Florida to be married in the state of Florida, you simply need a marriage license. All residents of Florida will be required to observe a three day waiting period before they can be married after receiving their marriage license. This three day wait is waived for non-residents, and for those couples that take a premarital preparation course. You will not be required to marry in Cape Coral, even if you have a Cape Coral marriage license, you may use your marriage license in any of the 67 counties in Florida.
Are Minors Permitted to Be Married in Cape Coral, Florida?
Those minors under the age of 18 but over the age of 16 will be permitted to be married in Cape Coral providing they meet certain requirements including having a notarized parental consent form, and a certified long form birth certificate. If either person under the age of 18 can legally prove that they are parents or that they are expecting a child together, and can produce a physicians verification of pregnancy, and sign an affidavit of such facts, they will be issued a marriage license.
Is it Necessary to Have Your Name in the Newspaper After Marriage?
Yes, the city of Cape Coral has no provision for a non-public marriage. If you wish to not have your marriage posted in the newspaper, you will need to be married in a different county. Be aware that marriage licenses are public record in Lee County.
Do You Need More Information About Marriage Licenses in Cape Coral, Florida?
Contact the Lee County Clerk of Recording Office by phone at (239)533-5007, or visit them in person at:
Lee County Administration Building
2115 Second Street (2nd Floor)
Fort Meyers, FL 33902
If you wish, you may mail correspondence to PO Box 2278, Fort Meyers, FL 33902-2278. You may review the marriage license application and find information such as links and phone numbers for pre-marriage counseling online on the Lee County website.