California Officiant Government Registration Requirements
Learn what the marriage officiant registration requirements are in California. This page covers everything you need to know to legally officiate wedding ceremonies in California.
Who can officiate weddings in California?
(a) Although marriage is a personal relation arising out of a civil, and not a religious, contract, a marriage may be solemnized by a priest, minister, rabbi, or authorized person of any religious denomination who is 18 years of age or older. A person authorized by this subdivision shall not be required to solemnize a marriage that is contrary to the tenets of his or her faith. Any refusal to solemnize a marriage under this subdivision, either by an individual or by a religious denomination, shall not affect the tax-exempt status of any entity.
California Code § CA Fam Code § 400
Are online ordained ministers recognized in California?
Yes. All online ordained ministers, including those ordained through AMM are recognized in California.
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Am I as the minister officiant required to register with the California Government?
The California Government does not license, register, or certify ministers or wedding officiants. Officiant registration is not required in California to officiate a wedding.4.
What California office handles officiant registration?
The California Government does not have any office that licenses, registers, or certifies wedding officiants.5.
How old do I have to be to officiate a wedding in California?
All Wedding Officiants in California must be at least 18 years old.