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Notary Bulletin

Hotline Tip: Can I Officiate At My Friend's Wedding?

NNA Hotline Tips For NotariesA close friend asked if I can officiate her wedding, now that I’ve taken my oath and become an Ohio Notary. Am I able to do so? — A.B., Topton, PA

Ohio Notaries do not have the authority to solemnize nuptials unless they are also ministers. Only Notaries commissioned in Maine, South Carolina and Florida are empowered to perform marriages strictly by virtue of holding a notarial commission.

However, it is sometimes possible to apply for temporary or full-time authority to officiate weddings through some state or county agencies or religious organizations without requiring a Notary commission. You may wish to contact organizations in your area to find out if you can be authorized to officiate weddings in a non-notarial capacity.

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


Confronted with a tricky notarization? Unsure how to proceed? NNA members have unlimited access to our expertly trained NNA Hotline counselors to help you with all of your notarial questions. Call (888) 876-0827, Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. PST; Saturday, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST

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