Becoming a wedding officiant in California is not as difficult as many people might think. In fact, the process is relatively straightforward and can be completed quickly and inexpensively. Ordainement is useful for those who work in spiritual professions, perform wedding ceremonies on a regular basis, or simply wish to affirm their commitment to their faith and spiritual path.
Ordainment is recognized by state governments in all 50 states, including California. It is also endorsed by most religious denominations and the United States government. Aside from a few restrictions, a ULC minister is able to perform all life events, including marriages (weddings), baby blessings, house blessings, re-commitment ceremonies, vow renewals, memorials, handfasting, and more.
To become ordained in California, you must be 18 years of age or older and meet all other state and federal requirements. You must also be a natural-born citizen or have proof of citizenship in the form of a valid driver’s license, passport, or similar document. You will also need to provide a photo ID, and your name must be included in the documents you submit to get married.
Once you are ordained, you are ready to officiate weddings in California. You may need to inform the county clerk that you are a licensed wedding officiant, depending on the rules in your local area. The couple you marry might need to verify your credentials with the county clerk, so it is a good idea to keep a copy of your documentation in case it is needed.