How to Officiate Weddings in Miami
An American Marriage Ministries Guide to Performing Marriage in Vice City
Miami’s tropical climate and Latin American culture make it one of the most exciting wedding destinations in the country. Couples should be aware that Miami-Dade County Marriage License Bureau has mandatory premarital courses and waiting periods that must be observed in order to be legally married.
AMM’s guide to officiating weddings in Miami, Florida helps couples and wedding officiants ordained online through theamm.org understand their legal responsibilities and the requirements for performing weddings.
First things first, ministers ordained online by American Marriage Ministries may legally perform marriage and sign marriage licenses in Miami, Florida. Thousands of AMM Ministers have performed wedding ceremonies in Miami, and we are excited that you are considering this option as well.
Completing your American Marriage Ministries Florida Minister Ordination is your first step towards performing wedding ceremonies in Florida. American Marriage Ministries is legal in Florida, an IRS recognized 501c(3) non-profit organization, and the easiest way to perform weddings that reflect your values and beliefs. Our ordination is free, easy, and never expires! Get Ordained Now!
Perform the wedding ceremony: The State of Florida does not have any mandatory requirements for the ceremony itself. In order to officiate a legal wedding ceremony in Florida, the couple's vows must reflect their intentions to make a legally binding commitment to each other.
Obtain and review the marriage license prior to the ceremony and ensure that:
As the wedding officiant, you are responsible for filing the completed marriage license within 10 days of the marriage ceremony. The completed license must be filed with the issuing county clerk.
Below is important information pertaining to marriage licenses issued in Miami-Dade County. For clarification on what this information means you can check out our Marriage License Laws Explained page.
You can complete a pre-application form online on the Miami-Dade County Marriage License Bureau website.
The Central Marriage License Bureau is located at:
Overtown Village South
601 NW 1 Court, Suite 1900,
Miami, Florida 33136
Or you can visit any of the other Marriage License Offices.
If you were ordained online, you probably want to make sure that you can legally perform wedding ceremonies in Miami. Good new, you can! In addition to a list of judicial officers and other public officials, Florida Law states that the following may perform marriage: all regularly ordained ministers of the gospel, elders in communion with a church, or other ordained clergy, which includes ministers ordained online by American Marriage Ministries.
Because the state of Florida does not maintain a central registry of ordained ministers and other officers that are legally allowed to perform marriage, it is the responsibility of the officiating minister to have proof of his or her ordination. That means you don’t need to register your credentials with your local government.
However, once you are ordained online through American Marriage Ministries, you should purchase a copy of your ministry ordination credentials from our store, as it is your responsibility to verify that you are ordained.
The Clerk's office in Miami does not determine the legality of an officiant, and does not have anything to do with the ordainment process. Once you are ordained, you do not register with the Clerk's office prior to performing a marriage.
Ministers ordained by American Marriage Ministries may legally perform marriage in the state due to the statutes of Florida State Statute 741.07, which states that:
“All regularly ordained ministers of the gospel or elders in communion with some church, or other ordained clergy, and all judicial officers, including retired judicial officers, clerks of the circuit courts, and notaries public of this state may solemnize the rights of matrimonial contract, under the regulations prescribed by law. Nothing in this section shall make invalid a marriage which was solemnized by any member of the clergy, or as otherwise provided by law prior to July 1, 1978.”
The state requires all Florida residents to take a four-hour premarital course or wait three days for the marriage license to be effective. This does not apply to non-Florida residents. A directory of premarital course providers is available online or at all district court locations. This means that the couple should either schedule their course, or file at least three days before the wedding ceremony. Since the marriage license expires if it is not signed within 60 days of issuance, the application should also not be more than 60 days before the wedding.
In order to become legally married in the state of Florida, both spouses must apply for a marriage license in person. In order to obtain their marriage license both spouses must be able to present valid identification with the applicant's picture, signature, and date of birth, a Driver License issued by any state in the U.S., Passport, a U.S. Military ID, Alien Registration Card, or State of Florida ID issued by DMV are acceptable. Anyone issued a Social Security Card must provide their number.
Yes. As long as ordained ministers meet the requirements of Florida State Statute 741.07, out-of-state ministers may perform marriages in Miami, Florida and anywhere in the State of Florida. As an American Marriage Ministry minister, you can perform wedding ceremonies in Florida, no matter where you are from.
A marriage license from the Miami-Dade County Marriage License Bureau costs $86.00. Other options include a marriage application with completion of premarital preparation course, which costs $61.00, and a duplicate license or amended license, which costs $30.00.