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Proposed Law Could Permit Notaries To Officiate Weddings

The Nevada legislature is considering a bill that would authorize Notaries to officiate at weddings. If passed, Nevada would join Florida, South Carolina and Maine as the only states that permit Notaries to perform marriages. (UPDATE: Maine Notaries will no longer be able to perform marriages as part of their Notary duties effective July 1, 2023.) Considering that Las Vegas is famous for its wedding chapels, this could provide a significant income opportunity for the state’s Notaries.

Senate Bill 419, which was passed to the Committee on Judiciary in late March, includes a provision requiring Notaries Public to obtain a certificate of permission in order to perform marriages. The names and information of the Notaries will then be submitted into a comprehensive statewide database, maintained by the Nevada Secretary of State, which keeps track of all individuals authorized to perform marriages in the state. The law would also establish a fee limit of $75 for Notaries performing marriages.

From officiating wedding ceremonies, to performing automobile title transactions (in states where they are authorized to do so), to becoming “secret shoppers” as a way to help businesses evaluate their customer service, Notaries nationwide continue to discover new ways to leverage their commission and increase their income potential.

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

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22 Dec 2023

Dear National Notary Association, I would like to marry my high school sweetheart boyfriend who graduated in Summer 1996 from J. Frank Dobie High School, Houston, Texas United States of America with me. I want to learn to be an officiant in Texas. Thank you, Helen Hoang

National Notary Association

05 Jan 2024

Hello. Please be aware that normally a person may not officiate their own wedding. While Texas Notaries are not authorized to officiate weddings as part of their commissioned notarial duties, please see this article for other options to become a wedding officiant:


08 Jan 2024

so as a newly comissioned notary i can officant a wedding ceremony ? im already an Ordainted Mintister. please help

National Notary Association

09 Jan 2024

Hello. It depends what state you are commissioned in. If you can let us know what state you are a Notary in, we can tell you if your state authorizes you to officiate weddings as a Notary. That said, if you are an ordained minister, normally ordained ministers are authorized to perform marriages. Is that the case in your situation?

Renee Chesley

29 Jan 2024

To be certain, my commission is in Florida. I am allowed to perform a wedding ceremony, correct?

National Notary Association

29 Jan 2024

Hello. Yes, Florida Notaries are authorized to officiate weddings (FS 117.045).

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