To marry on Amelia Island, a marriage license issued by the Nassau County Clerk of Courts must be obtained. The process takes no longer than 30 minutes. When the application is filed, the license is issued immediately. A Florida marriage license is valid for 60 days from date of validity. The marriage license must be returned to the clerk's office for recording within 10 days after the marriage is performed. Effective January 6, 2015, the Nassau County Clerk will offer civil wedding ceremonies for same-gender couples. Marriage licenses may be obtained from two locations in Nassau County, open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.:
Nassau County Historic Courthouse (downtown Fernandina Beach)
416 Centre Street
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
Nassau County Courthouse (located off-island near I-95)
76347 Veteran’s Way, Suite 456
Yulee, FL 32097
The following is required for single adults to obtain a marriage license:
- Must be 18 years of age or older.
- Must come to the Nassau County Clerk’s office together.
- Must bring driver’s license and social security number (non-U.S. citizens may submit naturalization number, immigration number, or passport number.
- If either party is widowed or divorced, they must know the month/day/year that the marriage ended.
- If either party has divorced within the last 30 days, they need to bring a certified copy of the final divorce decree with them.
For Florida residents who file certification that they both have completed a state-sanctioned marriage preparation course within the past 12 months, there is no waiting period. For Florida residents who have not taken the course, there is a full three-day waiting period between issuance of the license and the time it becomes valid for use. (Note: The parties may take the course separately, they are not required to take it together, but both must take it in order to qualify for the discount and both must read a 16 page Family Law Handbook (copy provided by the Clerk's Office).
The waiting period does not apply to nonresidents of Florida. If one party is a resident of Florida and the other party is a nonresident the three-day waiting period is waived only if the Florida resident takes the state-sanctioned marriage preparation course, but no discount is given.
For additional information on marriage licenses, please contact the Nassau County Clerk of Courts office at 904-548-4600 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, or visit their website at www.nassauclerk.com.