Notary Blog – Signing Tips, Marketing Tips, General Notary Advice – 123notary.com Control Panel

November 29, 2011

Can a notary perform a wedding or marriage?

Can a notary perform weddings?  Can a notary perform a marriage?
There are only three states that allow notaries to perform weddings.  If you are a Florida Notary Public, Maine Notary Public, or a South Carolina Notary Public, you can solemnize a marriage or officiate at a wedding. However, you might need some extra qualifications and authorizations from your state, so please ask your state notary division what you need to do to be able to officiate at weddings. Being a member of the clergy is helpful but not necessarily required to become a wedding officiate.
Can an Arizona notary perform a wedding?
No, an Arizona notary may not perform a wedding.
Can a California notary perform a wedding?
Sorry, that is not possible. Please find a specialist who is authorized to perform a wedding such as a priest, rabbi, clergy member, magistrate, marriage commissioner, or ask your local county clerk’s office, etc.
Can a Florida notary perform a wedding?
Some Florida notaries have the paperwork necessary (and the skill / specialty) to perform marriages.  123notary.com has a handful of Florida notaries who perform marriages as their primary vocation.
Can a Maine Notary perform a wedding?
Maine notaries can get licensed to perform marriages.  There are a handful of Maine notaries who perform marriages on a regular basis, and you can find them on the internet.
Can  a Maryland Notary perform a wedding?
No, a Maryland Notary may not officiate at a wedding.
Can a New Jersey Notary perform a wedding.
No, a New Jersey Notary may not perform a wedding
Can a New York Notary perform a wedding?
No, a New York Notary Public may not officiate at a wedding.
Can a Pennsylvania Notary perform a wedding?
No, a Pennsylvania notary can not perform a wedding ceremony.
Can a South Carolina notary perform a wedding.
With special authorization from the state, a South Carolina notary public may perform marriages.
Can a Texas notary peform a wedding?
Sorry, that is not allowed. Please consult a priest, rabbi, clergy member, or your local county clerk’s office.
Don’t see your state mentioned?  If you are not in FL, ME, or SC, a notary may not officiate at your wedding!


You might also like:

How much should a notary charge for swearing in a witness?

My big phat geek wedding

Seinfeld: George’s parents get a vow renewal

Notary Dating & Romance from A to Z Compilation

Did you know? Random interesting notary facts



  1. Pretty! This has been a really wonderful post. Thank you for
    supplying this info.

    Comment by Pleasanton attornye ca — March 15, 2014 @ 5:35 pm

  2. About CA notaries, that answer is incorrect. First, anyone who satisfies the reqs of religious, judge or retired judge, current or elected official can marry another person so if the notary falls into any of those categories can…and getting ordained online is a simple task. Also, CA notaries are able to perform confidential marriages (records are not public), after taking a course of instruction from the county clerk.

    Comment by John — April 10, 2017 @ 10:50 pm

  3. Can a North Carolina Notary marry a couple in South Carolina?

    Comment by Carol — January 18, 2020 @ 1:24 pm

  4. Michigan allows it

    Comment by Eugene W Riggs — April 22, 2020 @ 3:07 pm

  5. Very good write-up. I certainly love this website. Thanks!

    Comment by mobile notary public kissimmee, fl — August 4, 2020 @ 7:27 pm

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URL

Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *