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When does a notarized marriage license take effect?

Is the date I notarize a marriage license the date the marriage is "official"? — B.M., Florida

The notarization of a marriage license isn’t the same as when you notarize a signature on a document.   When you complete a marriage license, you are stating that you performed the marriage ceremony. So, the answer to your question is yes, if you performed the marriage ceremony, the date you notarize the marriage license is the date the marriage is official.   

The Florida Governor’s office has more information available online regarding how to perform a marriage ceremony.

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