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April 6, 2016

Should 123notary have a search option for Wedding Officiants?

Filed under: Marketing Articles — Tags: , — admin @ 11:22 am

I keep talking to Notaries who are telling me that the Notary business is dead, but Weddings keep them busy. Notaries in South Carolina, Florida and Maine can become wedding officiants. But, those in other states somehow are involved in the business as well. Not all of us want to do process service, inspections, photos, or other typical Notary income supplementary tasks. But, few Notaries have considered doing Weddings. Do I think it’s a good idea? I do! I’m not sure what is involved. Some states require you to be in the clergy. I’m not sure what’s involved in that. Becoming a Reverend might be easier than becoming a Chassidic Rabbi. But, that is up to you to find out what the laws say. Many states might have more secular positions that allow for Weddings.

So, should 123notary have a search option for Wedding Officiants? At least in the states where it is commonly performed? Maybe we should. Many Notaries claim they get a lot of Wedding business from us. So, what do we have to lose? Eventually we will create this search function, but not until 123notary has sewed its wild cyber-oats.

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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.
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. 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!

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