Who Can Perform Marriage Ceremonies?

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to protective restrictions from governing authorities due to the pandemic, marriage ceremonies are not currently being performed by the Clerk's Office and we do not know when these will resume. We are still issuing marriage licenses. Please check our service status page for the latest information.

Who can legally perform a marriage ceremony in Florida?

The following persons can perform a marriage ceremony in the state of Florida: 

  • All regularly ordained ministers of the gospel, elders in communion with a church, or other ordained clergy.
  • A minister who has been recognized in the manner required by the regulations of the respective denomination to perform marriage ceremonies.
  • All Florida judicial officers, including retired judicial officers.
  • Public notaries of the State of Florida. Florida notaries can download information on their duties when performing marriages here.
  • "Quakers" or "Friends," may perform marriages in the manner and form used or practiced in their societies.
  • Captains of a ship, if the captain is a notary and the ship is in Florida waters, which is within three geographic miles from the coastline at the time of the ceremony.
  • Clerks of the Circuit Court: Deputy clerks are authorized and available during normal working hours, Monday through Friday, to perform ceremonies at four Clerk locations in Hillsborough County. No appointment is necessary, and we do not make appointments for these -- just come during our normal business hours with your valid marriage license or we can perform the ceremony when you pick up your license. The fee for this service is $30.00. Are you on Facebook? If you decide to get married by the Clerk, you can share your special moment with your family and friends on Facebook Live (live streaming of your wedding on Facebook). This is a free service provided by the Clerk only at its downtown 419 E. Pierce Street location. You must schedule Facebook Live at least three business days in advance by emailing the Clerk's Director of Communications.

Return the completed record of marriage to: Marriage Department, Hillsborough County Clerk of Court, PO Box 3249, Tampa FL 33601-3249

Can I schedule an appointment for the Clerk to marry me?

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to restrictions in place from governing authorities due to the pandemic, the Clerk's Office is not performing marriage ceremonies and we do not know when these will resume. Please check out latest service status update. We are still issuing marriage licenses.

The Clerk now offers appointments for performing marriage ceremonies by the Clerk or you can just walk in to have the marriage ceremony performed (with a valid Florida marriage license). If you want to walk-in, you may want to look at the marriage wait times for the Clerk location that you want to be married at before coming in.

What are the requirements for being ordained, so that a person can officiate a marriage?

The Clerk's office does not have anything to do with the ordainment process and does not determine the legality of an officiant. The officiant does not register with the Clerk's office prior to performing a marriage. To determine if you can legally perform a marriage in Florida, refer to Florida State Statute 741.07 or consult with an attorney.