Ordination or ministerial credentials

For an ordained person (both Minnesota residents and non-residents) to be authorized to perform marriage ceremonies in Minnesota, the person must be at least 21 years old and must file their "credentials of license or ordination" with a Minnesota county. Once this is done, marriages may be performed anywhere in the State of Minnesota.

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How to file

How to file

File in person at any Hennepin County Service Center location. For a shorter wait time, make an appointment.

What to bring

When filing you must provide:

  1. An original certificate of ordination, which will be verified and copied. If you don't have an original, one of the following may be substituted:
    • A letter from the main church body (such as the Archdiocese or Synod) with the signature of one official, OR
    • A letter from the church, which must:
      • Be on church letterhead (if not, the officials' signatures must be notarized)
      • State that the church authorizes you to solemnize marriages
      • Be signed by three other officials of the church
  2. Proper identification (such as a drivers license or passport)


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