How to Officiate Weddings in Miami
A guide to performing marriage in the gate way to Latin America
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.
Step 1: Get Ordained Online
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!
Step 2: Prepare for the Ceremony
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.
Confirm the Couple has their Marriage License
Obtain and review the marriage license prior to the ceremony and ensure that:
a. Is the information, including the names of the couple and the issuing office correct?
b. What is the effective date and expiration date of the license; is the ceremony occurring within those dates? (The marriage ceremony must be performed within 60 days of the issuance of the license)
Step 3: Officiate the wedding in Miami.
When it comes time to sign the marriage license, it’s the couple’s responsibility to obtain and complete the marriage license, but just be sure to check that the paperwork is all correct before you perform the ceremony. That means names, dates, and any other important information is correct. You can check out some correct examples here. 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.
After the wedding, you will sign the marriage license and hand it back to the couple to turn it in. Then, you will have successfully performed all of your functions as the wedding offician
When applying for a marriage license both members of the couple must be present. All applicants must present a valid federal or state government photo identification with the correct legal name, date of birth and signature. All US citizens and residents must provide their Social Security Number.
Non-U.S. citizens may provide an Alien Registration Card, U.S. State issued Driver’s License, or Passport number if Social Security Number has not been issued.
If either applicant has been previously married, they must provide the exact date of the last divorce, death or annulment. If the divorce took place in Miami-Dade
To speed up the application process, you can use the online marriage license pre-application. Print the document out, or bring the confirmation number with you to one of the Miami Dade County Marriage License Offices.
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.
Issuance Office: Miami-Dade County Clerk's Office
Waiting Period: 3 Days For Residents - None For Non-Residents
Expiration: 60 Days
Return: Within 10 Days from the Wedding
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