Congratulations! If you've found yourself at this page it is likely that you are either planning to be married or have been asked to perform a wedding ceremony in Hillsborough County. Ordained ministers of the Universal Life Church have successfully performed thousands of legal marriages in Hillsborough County. The information provided below will walk you through the steps one must follow to become a minister and perform a valid wedding ceremony in Hillsborough County, Florida.
- ULC Ordination Accepted: Yes
- Does Ordination Expire: No
- Minister's Residency: Irrelevant
- Minister's Minimum Age: 18
1 How to Become an Ordained Minister in Hillsborough County
Becoming ordained is step one (if you have yet to sign up, that is). The Universal Life Church provides ordination for free, and has developed a simple online process that takes only a few minutes to complete. Did you know more than 20 million people around the globe have gotten ordained? Join the ULC family by hitting the button below!
2 How to Officiate a Marriage in Hillsborough County
Step two is to reach out to the county clerk in the county where the wedding will take place. Tell them you are an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church and inquire about the process for performing weddings. Do they need to see any official documentation from you? They’ll be able to explain what is required of wedding officiants in their jurisdiction.
Select a county from the list below to see contact information for its county clerk office.
3 License to Marry in Hillsborough County
After you've contacted your marriage authority, you should visit our online store to purchase whatever documentation will be required. This could vary widely county-by-county, so be sure you pay careful attention to the requirements given to you by the department that grants marriage license in the Hillsborough County office.
4 How to Perform a Wedding in Hillsborough County
Now that you've done all of the above, you are ready to perform the wedding! Be sure that the couple has picked up their Hillsborough County marriage license from the appropriate office. Please be aware that the signed license must be returned to the issuing office before its expiry.
At the Universal Life Church we receive several calls from wedding officiants in Hillsborough County, after they've received their license to marry by getting ordained online, asking for guidance on how to perform a wedding ceremony. Once the legal matters have been taken care of, officiating a wedding (while a sometimes-daunting task) can be a great deal of fun. We would suggest that new Hillsborough County wedding ministers concerned about the ceremony peruse one of our helpful wedding guides. The minister training section of our website should offer a helpful refresher for more experienced ministers.