Marriage to a Floridian

This page describes how to marry in Florida and how to sponsor your Floridian spouse for permanent residence in Canada.

If you want to bring your American spouse or partner to live in Canada, you must then file a sponsorship application for them to become a permanent resident. For more information, please see our family sponsorship page.

 

Processing Time

If you file a Canadian sponsorship application for your American spouse or partner, this application takes an average of 15 months (as of June 2016). If you are sponsoring your American spouse “inland,” the process will take over two years.

Please see our pages on family sponsorship for more information on the processing times of these applications.

 

Florida Marriage Basic Requirements

In Florida, as with all US States, you need to apply for a marriage license and register your marriage with the local (county) authorities. Common Law “marriages” are not allowed under Florida law.

The legal age for marriage in Florida is 18, but there are exceptions for people between the ages of 16 and 18. If one or both parties are under 18, they need to provide additional documentation.

The marriage license fee is US$93.50 regardless of which count you marry in. Residents can get a discount of USD$32.50 if you take a marriage course from one of the approved providers.  (Alternatively, a letter from your pastor attesting that you have undergone marriage instruction will also get you the discount, provide the clergyman is registered with the State of Florida.) The discount is not available to non-residents.

You will need to make sure you have the right documents for the county you are marrying in. Take your passport and all of the documents you brought with you from Canada with you to the court house or county clerk’s office. Your Floridian spouse needs to present their passport, birth certificate and proof of single status.

An appointment may be required. Contact the county clerk’s office to learn whether or not an appointment is required.

In Florida, there is a 3-day waiting period for the certificate, however if both spouses are non-residents there is no waiting period.

It is mandatory for both parties to have read the Florida Marriage Law Handbook before receiving the license.

Once the license is issued, you will have 60 days to marry.

 

Documents required from the Canadian Spouse

  • Statement in Lieu of Certificate of Non-Impediment to Marriage Abroad
  • Original valid Canadian passport
  • Original birth certificate
  • Original death certificate of deceased spouse if widowed
  • Original divorce decree or annulment papers if divorced

 

Documents required form the American Spouse

  • Original valid driver’s license
  • Original birth certificate
  • Original death certificate of deceased spouse if widowed
  • Original divorce decree or annulment papers if divorced

Once you have your marriage license, you have 90 days to have the marriage ceremony.

If one or both of you are under 18, you need to provide additional documentation:

  • Long form birth certificate (naming parents)
  • Written parental consent.

If one or both of you are under 16, the bride must be pregnant and must have a doctor’s note to prove it, in order to apply for the marriage certificate, in addition to the above requirements.

 

Family Members

Having children does not affect the application for a Marriage License in Florida.

 

County Clerks

The marriage license fee is US$93.50 regardless of which count you marry in.

Most counties do not require an appointment. But be sure to check in advance by calling the office before you go.

County Courthouse Address Phone Number Hours
Alachua County 21 East University
Room 101
Gainesville
FL 32601
(352) 374-3623 Monday-Friday: 8:15AM-5:00PM
Baker County 339 East MacClenny Avenue
MacClenny
FL 32063
(904) 259-8113 Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-5:00PM
Bay County 300 East 4th Street
Room 101
Panama City
FL 32401
(850) 763-9061 Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:30PM
Bradford County 945 North Temple Avenue
Stark
FL 32091
(904) 966-6280 Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-5:00PM
Brevard County 400 South Street
2nd Floor
Titusville
FL 32796
(321) 952-4604 Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-5:00PM
Broward County 201 SE 6th Street
Room 270
Fort Lauderdale
FL 33301
(954) 831-7283 ext. 7842 Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:30PM
Calhoun County 425 East Central Avenue
Blountstown
FL 32424
(850) 674-4545 Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Charlotte County 350 E. Marion Avenue
2nd floor
Punta Gorda
FL 33951
(941) 637-2240 Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-5:00PM
Citrus County 110 North Apopka Avenue
Inverness
FL 32650
(352) 637-9415 Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-5:00PM
Clay County 825 North Orange Avenue
Green Cove Springs
FL 32043
(904) 269-6300 Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-5:00PM
Collier County 3301 Tamiami Trail East
Naples
FL 34112
(239) 732-2646 Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:30PM
Columbia County 173 NE Hernando Avenue
Lake City
FL, 32055
386-758-1342 Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-5:00PM
DeSoto County 201 East Oak Street
Arcadia
FL 33821
(941) 993-4876 Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-5:00PM
Dixie County 150 North East Ceder Street
Cross City
FL 32628
(352) 498-1200 Monday-Friday: 9:00AM-12:00PM 1:00PM-5:00PM
Duval County Downtown Duval County Courthouse
501 West Adams St.
Room 1048
Jacksonville
FL 32202
Beaches Branch
Duval County Courthouse
1543 Atlantic Blvd
Neptune Beach
FL 32266
904.255.2000 Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-5:00PM
Beaches is only open till 4:30PM
Escambia County M.C. Blanchard Judicial Building
190 Governmental Center
Room 23009
Pensacola
FL 32595
(850) 595-4182 Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:30PM
Flagler County 200 E. Moody Blvd
Room 138
Bunnell
FL 32110
(904) 437-7444 Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Franklin County 33 Market Street
Room 203
Apalachicola
FL 32320
(850) 697-2112 Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Gadsden Count 10 East Jefferson
Quincy
FL 32351
(850) 875-8622 Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Gilchrist County 112 South Main Street
Tranton
FL 32693
(352) 463-3170 Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-5:00PM
Glades County 500 Avenue J
Moore Haven
FL 33471
(863) 946-0910 Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-5:00PM
Gulf County 1000 5th Street
Room 148
Port Saint Joe
FL 32456
(850) 229-6113 Monday-Friday: 9:00AM-5:00PM
Hamilton County 207 Northeast First Street
Jasper
FL 32052
(904) 792-1288 Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Hardee County 417 West Main Street
Wauchula
FL 33873
(941) 773-4174 Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-5:00PM
Hendry County 25 East Hickpochee Avenue
La Belle
FL 33935
(863) 675-5217 Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Hernando County 20 North Main Street
Room 249
Brooksville
FL 34601
(352) 540-6382 Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-5:00PM
Highlands County 430 South Commerce Avenue
Sebring
FL 33871
(941) 453-7538 Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-5:00PM
Hillsborough County 419 Pierce Street
Courthouse
Room 114
Tampa
FL 33602
(813) 276-8100 ext 4381 Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-5:00PM
Holmes County 201 North Okalhoma Street
Bonifay
FL 32425
(850) 547-1100 Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-5:00PM
Indian River County 2000 16th Avenue
Vero Beach
FL 32961
(561) 770-5185 Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-5:00PM
Jackson County 4445 Layfayette Street
Marianna
FL 32446
(850) 482-9552 Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:30PM
Jefferson County 1255 West Washington Street
Monticello
FL 32344
(850) 342-0218 Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-5:00PM
Lafayette County 120 W Main St
Mayo
FL 32066
(904) 294-1600 Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-5:00PM
Lake County 122 East Main Street
Tavares
FL 32778
(352) 742-4111 Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Lee County Lee County Administration Building
2115 Second Street
2nd Floor
Fort Myers
FL 33902
(239) 335-2283 Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:15PM
Leon County 301 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee
FL 32302
(850) 577-4060 Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-5:00PM
Levy County 355 South Court Street
Bronson
FL 32621
(352) 486-5266 Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-5:00PM
Liberty County 10818 Highway 20
Bristol
FL 32321
(850) 643-2215 Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-5:00PM
Madison County Courthouse
101 South Range
Madison
FL 32340
(850) 973-1500 Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-5:00PM
Manatee County 1115 Manattee Avenue West
Bradenton
FL 34206
(941) 741-4040 Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:00PM
Marion County 110 Northwest 1st Avenue
Ocala
FL 32670
(352) 620-3924 Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:00PM
Martin County 100 East Ocean Boulevard
Stuart
FL 34995
(772) 288-5533 Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-5:00PM
Miami-Dade County 140 West Flagler Street
Suite 1501
Miami
FL 33130
305.275.1155 Monday-Friday: 9:00AM-4:00PM
Monroe County 530 Whitehead Street
Key West
FL 33041
(305) 294-4641 Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-5:00PM
Nassau County 191 Nassau Place
Yulee
FL 32035
(904) 548-4600 Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-5:00PM
Okaloosa County 101 East James Lee
Crestview
FL 32536
(850) 689-5000 Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-5:00PM
Okeechobee County 304 Northwest 2nd Street
Room 101
Okeechobee
FL 34972
(941) 763-2131 Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-5:00PM
Orange County Orange Recording Department
425 North Orange Ave
Room 355
Orlando
FL 32801
(407) 836-2067 Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:30PM
Osceola County 2 Courthouse Square
Kissimmee
FL 34741
(407) 847-1300 Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-3:30PM
Palm Beach County 205 North Dixie Highway
Room 3.2300
West Palm Beach
FL 33401
(561) 355-2986 Monday-Friday: 9:00AM-4:00PM
Pasco County 705 Live Oak Avenue
Dade City
FL 33523
(352) 521-4468 Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Pinellas County 315 Court Street
Room 150
Clearwater
FL 33756
N. County Branch Office
29582 U.S. 19 North
Clearwater
FL 33761
St. Petersburg Judicial Building
545 1st Avenue North
St. Petersburg
FL 33701
Tyrone Branch Office
1800 66th Street North
St. Petersburg
FL 33710
727.464.7000 (Clearwater and St. Petersburg)
727.464.5150 (North County Branch)
Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-5:00PM
North County only open 8:30-4:30
Polk County 240 East Main Street
; Bartow
FL 33830
(863) 534-4547 Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:30PM
Putnam County 410 St. Johns Avenue
Palatka
FL 32078
(904) 329-0250 Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
St. John’s County 4010 Lewis Speedway
St. Augustine
FL 32084
(904) 819-3640 Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:30PM
St. Lucie County 221 South Indian River Drive
Fort Pierce
FL 34950
(561) 871-5388 Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Santa Rosa County 6865 Caroline Street
Milton
FL 32570
(850) 623-0135 Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:30PM
Sarasota County 2000 Main Street
Rm 102
Sarasota
FL 34237
(941) 362-4066 Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-5:00PM
Seminole County 301 North Park Avenue
Sanford
FL 32771
(407) 665-4831 Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Sumter County 209 North Florida
Bushnell
FL 33513
(352) 793-0215 Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-5:00PM
Taylor County 101 North Jefferson Street
Perry
FL 32347
(850) 838-3506 Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-5:00PM
Union County 55 West Main Street
Room 103
Lake Butler
FL 32054
(904) 496-3711 Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-5:00PM
Volusia County 101 N. Alabama Ave
DeLand
FL 32721
(386) 736-5911 Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:30PM
Wakulla County 3056 Crawfordville Highway
Crawfordville
FL 32327
(850) 926-0905 Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-5:00PM
Walton County 571 U.S. Highway 90 East
Defuniak Springs
FL 32433
(850) 892-8118 Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:30PM
Washington County 201 West Jackson
Chipley
FL 32428
(850) 638-6009 Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM

Note: All courthouses are closed for government holidays.

 

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Religion

70% of Floridians are Christian. Though a majority of those are protestants, the largest denomination in Florida is Catholic, at about 15th of the population. Jews make up 3% of the population. Another 3% belong to other faiths than Christianity or Judaism and a quarter of the population are “unaffiliated.”

Religious Tradition Religious Subgroup Sect Percentage
Christian All SubGroups All Sects 70%
Evangelical Protestant All Evangelical Sects 24%
Baptist Family total 8%
Southern Baptist Convention 5%
Independent Baptist 2%
Missionary Baptist < 1%
Conservative Baptist Association of America < 1%
Free Will Baptist < 1%
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches < 1%
Other Baptist 1%
Methodist Family < 1%
Nondenominational Family (total) 5%
Nondenominational evangelical 2%
Nondenominational fundamentalist < 1%
Nondenominational charismatic 1%
Nondenominational Christian < 1%
Interdenominational < 1%
Community Church < 1%
Other Nondenominational 1%
Lutheran Family (total) 1%
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod 1%
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod < 1%
Other Lutheran < 1%
Presbyterian Family (total) 1%
Presbyterian Church in America < 1%
Other Presbyterian < 1%
Pentecostal Family (total) 4%
Assemblies of God 1%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) 1%
Foursquare Church < 1%
Pentecostal Church of God < 1%
Pentecostal Holiness Church < 1%
Calvary Chapel < 1%
Apostolic Pentecostal < 1%
Nondenominational Pentecostal < 1%
Church of God of the Apostolic Faith < 1%
Other Pentecostal 1%
Episcopalian/Anglican Family < 1%
Restorationist Family (total) 2%
Churches of Christ 2%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ < 1%
Other Restorationist < 1%
Congregationalist Family (total) < 1%
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference < 1%
Other Congregationalist < 1%
Holiness Family (total) 1%
Church of the Nazarene < 1%
Wesleyan Church < 1%
Free Methodist Church < 1%
Christian and Missionary Alliance < 1%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) < 1%
Other Holiness < 1%
Reformed Family (total) < 1%
Christian Reformed Church < 1%
Other Reformed < 1%
Adventist Family (total) 1%
Seventh-day Adventist 1%
Other Adventist < 1%
Anabaptist Family < 1%
Pietist Family < 1%
Other evangelical/fundamentalist family < 1%
Nonspecific Protestant Family 1%
Mainline Protestant All Sects 14%
Baptist Family (total) 2%
American Baptist Churches USA 2%
Other Baptist < 1%
Methodist Family (total) 4%
United Methodist Church 3%
Other Methodist 1%
Nondenominational Family (total) 2%
Interdenominational 1%
Other Nondenominational 1%
Lutheran Family (total) 2%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) 1%
Other Lutheran 1%
Presbyterian Family (total) 1%
Presbyterian Church (USA) 1%
Other Presbyterian 1%
Episcopalian/Anglican Family (total) 1%
Episcopal Church 1%
Anglican Church < 1%
Other Episcopalian/Anglican < 1%
Restorationist Family (total) < 1%
Disciples of Christ < 1%
Other Restorationist < 1%
Congregationalist Family (total) 1%
United Church of Christ < 1%
Other Congregationalist < 1%
Reformed Family < 1%
Reformed Church in America < 1%
Other Reformed < 1%
Anabaptist Family < 1%
Friends Family < 1%
Nonspecific Protestant Family 2%
Historically Black Protestant All Sects 8%
Baptist Family (total) 4%
National Baptist Convention 1%
Progressive Baptist Convention < 1%
Independent Baptist < 1%
Missionary Baptist 1%
Other Baptist 2%
Methodist Family (total) < 1%
African Methodist Episcopal Church < 1%
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church < 1%
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church < 1%
Other Methodist < 1%
Pentecostal Family (total) 2%
Church of God in Christ 1%
Apostolic Pentecostal < 1%
United Pentecostal Church International < 1%
Other Pentecostal 1%
Holiness Family < 1%
Nondenominational Family 1%
Nonspecific Protestant Family 1%
Catholic N/A 21%
Mormon All Sects 1%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1%
Other Mormon <1%
Orthodox Christian All Sects < 1%
Greek Orthodox < 1%
Russian Orthodox < 1%
Orthodox Church in America < 1%
Other Orthodox Christian < 1%
Jehovah's Witness N/A 1%
Other Christian All Sects 1%
Metaphysical Family < 1%
Spiritualist < 1%
Unity Church < 1%
Other Metaphysical Christian < 1%
Others in the "Other Christian" Tradition 1%
Non-Christian Faiths All All 6%
Jewish Not differentiated 3%
Muslim Not differentiated < 1%
Buddhist Not differentiated < 1%
Hindu Not differentiated < 1%
Other World Religions N/A < 1%
Other "Faiths" "Other" "Other" 2%
Unitarians and other liberal faiths Total 1%
Unitarian < 1%
Humanist < 1%
Deist < 1%
Spiritual but not religious < 1%
Eclectic, a bit of everything, "I have my own beliefs" < 1%
Other in the "Unitarian and other liberal faiths" family < 1%
New Age   1%
Pagan or Wiccan < 1%
Other in the New Age family < 1%
Native American Religions All < 1%
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") Total 24%
Atheist 3%
Agnostic 4%
"Nothing in particular" (total) 17%
Nothing in particular (religion not important) 9%
Nothing in particular (religion important) 8%
Don't know < 1%

Source

 

List of American Consulates in Canada

Embassy in Ottawa

Consulate General in Calgary

Consulate General in Halifax

Consulate General in Montreal

Consulate General in Quebec

Consulate in General Toronto

Consulate in General Vancouver

Consulate in Winnipeg

 

US Visa Requirements

Canadian citizens do not need a visa to travel to the United States for tourism as long as you are staying for less than 3 months. However you may need a visa if you are travelling for another reason (in addition to getting married).

If you are a Canadian permanent resident, you may need a visa.

 

Calling Florida from Canada

The country code for the US is 1, which is also the code for Canada.

To call Florida just dial 1 – area code – local number, like you would for any long distance number in Canada.

These are some area codes for Florida:

Area Codes for Florida By Rfc1394: derivative work: prof611 (Area_code_FL.svg) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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  • 239: Southwest coast: all of Lee County, Collier County, mainland Monroe County excluding Florida Keys; includes Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Naples, Everglades City
  • 305: All of Miami-Dade County and the Florida Keys of Monroe County: Miami, Homestead, Coral Gables, Key West
  • 321: Orlando, Cocoa Beach, St. Cloud and central eastern Florida, partial overlay with 407. Also: Exclusive code for Space Coast: Cape Canaveral, Melbourne, Titusville, Cocoa Beach
  • 352: Gainesville, Ocala, Inverness, Spring Hill, Dunnellon and central Florida
  • 386: Daytona Beach, Lake City, Live Oak, Crescent City and northern and eastern Florida
  • 407: Orlando, Cocoa Beach, Kissimmee, St. Cloud and central eastern Florida
  • 561: All of Palm Beach County: West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Belle Glade
  • 727: Majority of Pinellas County including Clearwater, St. Petersburg, excluding parts of Oldsmar; coastal third of Pasco County
  • 754: All of Broward County: Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Coral Springs
  • 772: Vero Beach, Port Saint Lucie, Fort Pierce, Sebastian, Stuart and central eastern Florida
  • 786: Exactly Miami-Dade County, not Florida Keys
  • 813: All of Hillsborough County, including Tampa, Plant City; inland areas of Pasco County, and parts of Oldsmar in Pinellas County
  • 850: Pensacola, Tallahassee, Panama City and the Florida panhandle
  • 863: Lakeland, Arcaida, Avon Park, Clewiston, Bartow, Sebring, Winter Haven and south central Florida
  • 904: Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Starke, Green Cove Springs and northeastern Florida
  • 941: Gulf Coast immediately south of Tampa Bay: all of Manatee County. Sarasota County, and Charlotte County; includes Bradenton, Port Charlotte, Sarasota, Punta Gorda
  • 954: All of Broward County: Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Coral Springs

 

Time Differences

Florida is on East Coast Time, the same time zone as Toronto and Montreal.

 

Calling Canada from the United States

List of Canadian Area Codes:

Province Code Province Code
Alberta

403 / 587 (southern Alberta)

587 / 780 (central and northern Alberta)

Nunavut 867
BC

236 / 250 / 778 (majority of BC)

236 / 604 / 778 (Metro Vancouver)

Ontario

226 / 519 (southwestern Ontario)

249 / 705 (northeastern Ontario)

289 / 365 / 905 (Greater Toronto Area)

343 / 613 (eastern Ontario)

416 / 647 (Toronto)

807 (northwestern Ontario)

Manitoba 204 / 431 PEI 782 / 902
New Brunswick 506 Quebec

418 / 581 (eastern Quebec)

438 / 514 (Montreal)

450 / 579 (Greater Montreal)

819 / 873 (remainder of Quebec)

Newfoundland and Labrador 709 Saskatchewan 306 / 639
Northwest Territories 867 Yukon 867
Nova Scotia 782 / 902    

 

Emergency Information for Canadians in the United States

The Department of Homeland Security Traveller Redress Inquiry Program (DHS TRIP) in US is a single point of contact for individuals who have inquiries or seek resolution regarding difficulties they experienced during their travel screening at transportation hub like airports, train stations or crossing U.S. borders, including:

  • watch list issues
  • screening problems at ports of entry
  • situations where travellers feel they have been unfairly or incorrectly delayed, denied boarding or identified for additional screening.

 

List of Canadian Consulates in Florida

Consulate General of Canada in Miami

5200 South Biscayne Boulevard
Suite 1600
Miami, Florida
U.S.A., 33131

Telephone: (305) 579-1600
Fax: (305) 374-6774

E-mail: miami@international.gc.ca
Website: miami.gc.ca

 

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