Did you know that Florida notaries can perform marriage ceremonies?May 01, 2015 / Florida, Uncategorized
A notary public is authorized to solemnize the rites of matrimony. For solemnizing the rites of matrimony, the fee of a notary public cannot exceed the fee charged by the Clerk of the Circuit Courts. Those persons who can perform (solemnize) matrimony are 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 can solemnize the rights of matrimonial contract, under the regulations prescribed by law.
Before a notary can solemnize any marriage, the Notary Public must be given the marriage license that was issued to the marriage parties and within 10 days after solemnizing the marriage, the Notary Public will send the marriage license with the Notary Stamp on the license to the office of the county court judge or clerk of the circuit court from which it issued.
Many Notaries provide additional services related to the wedding, such as flowers, reception, photographer, etc., and have a right to be compensated for these services. If you charge for extras, we recommend that you provide your customers with an itemized list of charges before the wedding ceremony in order to prevent any misunderstanding about your fees.
Huckleberry Notary has a full marriage kit available that explains the marriage ceremony in great detail. There is even the text you can use to perform the marriage ceremony written in both English and Spanish.
To order a Marriage Ceremony Kit, call 800-422-1555 or visit us at http://www.notaries.com, or complete this order form on this card and fax to us at 800-224-6368.