How to Officiate Weddings in Los Angeles
An American Marriage Ministries Guide to Performing Marriage in Hollywood
Los Angeles, California is blessed with the world’s most iconic wedding venues scattered throughout its mountains, beaches, parks, and historic neighborhoods. It is simply... picture perfect. Ordained ministers of American Marriage Ministries have performed thousands of legal marriages in Los Angeles County, and we’re excited to help you officiate your first wedding in the City of Angels. This Officiant’s Guide to performing weddings in Los Angeles California is designed to help you understand your legal responsibilities, so that you can focus on creating a memorable and meaningful wedding ceremony.
American Marriage Ministries ministers are legally allowed to perform weddings in Los Angeles County California. It’s your right. AMM is the only IRS Certified 501c3 Non-Profit offering online ministry ordinations to officiate weddings. Marriage ceremonies in the State of California must be performed by an authorized person defined in California Family Code Sections 400-402. Ministers ordained by American Marriage Ministries are meet these requirements and are legally allowed to perform weddings in California under the designation of “an authorized person of any religious denomination who is 18 years of age or older.”
It is the couple’s responsibility to file for their marriage license with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RR/CC). Couples can apply for a marriage license online before visiting a RR/CC office. Marriage licenses are good for 90 days after their issuance, so factor the wedding date into your application process. When scheduling the application, remember that both partners need to pick up the marriage license from any RR/CC location within 15 days of applying for a marriage license.
Couples can apply online here, or find the nearest office here.
Below is important information pertaining to marriage licenses issued in Los Angeles. For clarification on what this information means you can check out our Marriage License Laws Explained page.
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Marriage licences in Los Angeles cost $91.00 however we recommend that you check with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RR/CC) in case prices have been changed.
In the State of California it unnecessary for persons performing marriages to file their credentials with the clerk of the court or with anyone else. The county and state are removed from any responsibility for verification of credentials. That means once you are ordained online through American Marriage Ministries, you should probably go ahead and purchase a copy of your ministry ordination credentials from our store, as it is your responsibility to verify that you are ordained. California does not maintain a central registry of members of clergy in the state. Verification is at the discretion of the parties to the marriage.
In Los Angeles California, the it is the ordination or investment by the denomination that gives each clergy member the authority to perform the marriage rite, according to the California Department of Public Health. Your online ordination through American Marriage Ministries allows you to assume that legal authority to perform weddings. Family Code, Sections 400-402, are the statutes pertaining to whom can solemnize a marriage in California.
Yes. It is the duty of the wedding officiant -- that’s you -- to review the marriage license prior to solemnizing the marriage. According to the California Department of Public Health, “any person who solemnizes a marriage without first reviewing the license is guilty of a misdemeanor (Penal Code, Section 360).” Don’t forget to review and verify that the information is correct to the best of your knowledge.
Yes. As long as ordained ministers meet the requirements of Family Code, Section 400, out-of-state ministers may perform marriages in Los Angeles and anywhere in the State of California. As an American Marriage Ministry minister, you can perform wedding ceremonies in California, no matter where you are from.
Yes. There are no laws in California that prohibit multiple couples from being married at the same time.