Last Updated: October 5th, 2023
5 Essential Facts to Know Before Officiating a Wedding in Florida
The facts below cover all the important aspects of what requirements you need to meet to be able to legally officiate a wedding ceremony in Florida.
Who Can Officiate Weddings in Florida?
This is the relevant exerpt from the Florida Statutes § 741.07.
" (1) 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. "
Basically, this means that as long as you are ordained through any church, you can officiate weddings.
Are Online Ordinations Recognized in Florida?
Yes. All online ordained ministers, including those ordained through AMM are recognized in Florida.
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Is Government Registration Required to Officiate a Wedding in Florida?
The Florida Government does not license, register, or certify ministers or wedding officiants. Officiant registration is not required in Florida to officiate a wedding.
What Office Do I Register with Before Officiating a Wedding in Florida?
The Florida Government does not have any office that licenses, registers, or certifies wedding officiants.
What is the Minimum Legal Age to Officiate a Wedding in Florida?
All Wedding Officiants in Florida must be at least 18 years old.
Preparing to Officiate a Wedding in Florida
As there is no officiant registration required in Florida, once ordained your next step is to start preparing to officiate the wedding. If you have not officiated a wedding before, or it has been a while, check out our Florida Officiant Ceremony Preparation page.
PREPARE FOR THE FLORIDA WEDDING CEREMONY