Step 2 – Contact The County Clerk.
Next, you should contact the office of your local marriage authority (typically your county clerk) in California.
Let them know that you are a minister of Open Ministry in California, and ask what they will require of you to officiate a legal marriage in California.
How do you become an ordained minister?
Becoming an ordained wedding officiant online is almost embarrassingly easy. Go to an online non-denominational ministry’s website, such as The Universal Life Church Ministries or Open Ministry. Click on “Get Ordained” or something to that effect. Pay the nominal online ordination fee, if any.
Are ordained ministers legal?
Each denomination sets its own policy for distinguishing between the two, but in many cases, religious organizations consider ordained ministers to be permanent clergy. Ordination permits the minister to perform church rites and sacraments, such as baptisms, legal marriages and funerals.
Can anyone be ordained to marry someone?
A clergy person (minister, priest, rabbi, etc.) is someone who is ordained by a religious organization to marry two people. As in all things of legal importance when it comes to marriage (like getting your marriage license), the regulations for performing a legal marriage ceremony vary from state to state.
How can I get married in California?
Things You’ll Need
- Government-issued photo identification such as a driver’s license, state-issued ID, or passport.
- Proof of divorce or death of spouse (if previously married)
- Birth certificates (if applicable)
- Social Security cards (if applicable)
- Licensing fee.
Does an ordained minister have to register with the state?
Request the application for a minister’s license. Any ordained or licensed minister of any religious society or congregation within this state may perform marriages. — Before performing a marriage, ministers must present their ordination credentials to the probate judge of any county.
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