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Hotline Tip: Can I Perform An Overseas Marriage Ceremony?

By Kelle Clarke

I am a Florida Notary who performs wedding ceremonies. I have friends who are current Florida residents who have asked me to perform their marriage ceremony — only, they’re getting married next summer in Italy. Can I perform their overseas wedding ceremony, and, if so, what steps do I need to take? – M.C., Sarasota, FL

While you can perform marriages as a Florida Notary, you can only perform the marriage service within the borders of the State of Florida. Your Notary jurisdiction (authority) is within the borders of the State of Florida, so you cannot perform the marriage outside of the state of Florida.

Hotline answers are based on the laws in the state where the question originated and may not reflect the laws of other states. If in doubt, always refer to your own state statutes. – The Editors

Kelle Clarke is a Contributing Editor with the National Notary Association.

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Quiz: The Many Types Of Notarial Acts

Notaries perform many different duties for the public — and it’s easy to lose track of the different acts and what states they’re authorized in. Test your familiarity with common — and uncommon — notarial acts.

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