(Closed) Officiant in California

posted 10 years ago in California – Northern California
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

If you have your friend ordained online he is officially a minister of whatever church ordains him/her, and so would meet the requirement.  So yes, and yes.

Post # 4
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Helper bee

You don’t need to have your friend be ordained, they can just be deputized by the State as a commissioner of marriage (as stated on that link of yours) and marry you civilly. That’s what we did. You just print out the registration form online, fill it out, pay your $90 or whatever it is, and send it in. They’ll be deputized for one day to perform marriages. No online ordination needed…

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I was married in Southern California, and our friend was deputized by the county clerk.  I believe the rules vary from county to county. 

So go to the web site for the county where the actual ceremony will take place, and look up the rules at the county clerk-recorder’s link.

At the time we got married, officiants ordained online were legally allowed to perform ceremonies & sign the marriage license, but I’d verify to see if anything’s changed.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Yes you can!  Our "reverand" is a fellow teacher that got his license online.  We will be his third wedding!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

We’re getting married in Berkeley and doing the one-time deuptization thing.  I just found out about it, and I’m so excited that our friend can actually marry us (we’d planned to have a civil ceremony a few days prior to the ‘wedding’ to make it official)

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

We were planning on having our friend be ordained online, but as she is actually religious, she wasn’t comfortable answering the questions (she thought she would be when we initially asked her).  Thankfully, there are other options.  You can go through the county clerk’s office to have someone deputized to perform the ceremony.  Fun!

We need to look into it a bit further to iron out the details, but we may need to go in person, which we’ll need to do for the marriage license anyway. 

Post # 10
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Newbee

i have a question related to this topic….  I want my friend to be our officiant and marry us.  He will register as a deputy commissioner of marriages for one day (wedding day).  After we do the ceremony at the hotel, does he sign on our marriage license to indicate that our marriage is official?  I don’t really understand what the process is in order to legalize the marriage. My understanding was that he signs the license, we sign, plus 2 witnesses sign, and then we mail it to the state and the state will give us a marriage certificate.

Maude above mentioned that she will have her friend marry them but she will also hold a civil ceremony a few days before the wedding to make it official.  Does that mean her friend (deputy commissioner) cannot make her marriage official on the day of the wedding?

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

Birdie, your understanding of the process is correct.  When your friend gets deputized, it authorizes him to sign the marriage license.  Once it’s signed by all parties you indicated, you send it in to the county clerk recorder and they will issue a certified marriage certificate.

I recommend ordering 2 extra copies of the certificate if you plan on changing your name because you’ll need one to change your passport, SSN, bank accounts, etc.  It’s a small charge for extra copies but worth it to have extras on hand.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

Birdie, I WAS going to do a civil ceremony prior, but then I found out about the one-time deputization.  Our friend will actually marry us and we’re skipping the court ceremony.

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