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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.

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5 Useful Officiant Registration Facts

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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

2.

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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3.

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.

What are the Wedding Officiant Registration Requirements in California?

You may be surprised to hear this, but wedding officiants in California are not required to register with any government office prior to performing marriage. The California State Government has no laws requiring officiant registration or office dedicated to the registration of wedding officiants.

California does have a law (California Law 400) that specifies who can solemnize marriage. This includes all ministers, including online ordained ministers of American Marriage Ministries. However, there are no laws, offices, or procedures requiring officiants to register with any government office.

Simply put, once you are an online ordained minister of American Marriage Ministries you immediately have the legal ability to officiate weddings anywhere in California. If you have been asked to officiate a wedding in California, Get ordained with AMM today!

Ordination with AMM is fast, free, and simple. To learn more about getting ordained in California with AMM, check out our Get Ordained in California page.

Keep Records of Your Ministry Credentials

Though there are no officiant registration requirements in California, you must be an ordained minister to be able to legally perform marriage. Local regulations in California stipulate that wedding officiants under the designation of "Minister" be ordained by a religious organization, such as American Marriage Ministries.

While you are not required to register with any California government office as a wedding officiant, it is a good idea to keep personal records of your official Ministry Credentials. Proof of your ordination is essential in the event that the couple, government officials, or the wedding venue request to see proof of your ordination.

We recommend that you order your California Minister Ordination Package to receive your official ministry credentials. Your package includes your official Ordination Certificate and Letter of Good Standing.

Your Letter of Good Standing is signed by a church officer, dated, and notarized. Your Minister Ordination Package also includes your AMM Minister's Manual, a valuable resource for officiant training information.

Part of the proceeds from your order will go towards our charitable activities. So along with receiving your AMM ministry credentials, you are also helping to support a good cause.



Start Preparing for the Wedding Ceremony

Your next step is to learn how to officiate a wedding ceremony. If you have no experience, you are in good hands. Our California Wedding Officiant Preparation Guide covers all aspects of how to prepare for a wedding ceremony.

You will learn everything from the format for a wedding ceremony, the names of the ceremony parts, how to write a wedding ceremony, and more.

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If the process of planning, scripting, and performing a wedding is daunting, then you need our Wedding Helper suite of tools.

We have distilled years of experience into an easy-to-use platform with training materials, quizzes, a personalized ceremony script generator, and tips to prepare you for performing marriage, all accessible through your minister profile.

That's only the beginning. After the wedding, you can share your wedding on the AMM Wedding Wall with our nationwide network of ministers.

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