Marriage Officiant Credentials

Learn about requirements to perform a marriage in Minnesota.

Marriages in Minnesota

To perform a marriage in Minnesota, you must register with a Minnesota county prior to the ceremony. No credentials are required to register with the county. (M.S. 517.04)  

Ministers of any religious denomination, before they are authorized to solemnize a marriage, shall file a copy of their credential or license or ordination or, if their religious denomination does not issue credentials, authority from the minister's spiritual assembly, with the local registrar of a county in this state. (M.S. 517.05)

Filing Requirements

  1. Completed Certificate of Filing. This can be done in person or it can be sent by mail.
  2. Copy of your credentials or ordination per MN Statute 517.05 if applicable.
  3. $20 filing fee
  4. Officiant must be 21 years of age or older.


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