Marriage officiant credential filing

File your "officiant credentials" with us to be able to perform marriages anywhere in Minnesota. Even non-Minnesota residents can file.

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All individuals performing marriages in Minnesota must be at least 21 and provide documentation of officiant credentials. The credentials must include:

  • A signature by an official with the authority to do so, and
  • Language stating you have ministerial credentials or are otherwise authorized to perform marriages

How to file

Prepare application

  1. Complete a certificate of filing form (PDF).
  2. Print but do not sign the application.
  3. Get your signature on the application notarized (e-notarization is acceptable).
  4. Get a readable photocopy of your credentials of license or ordination; or a statement of marriage authority from a spiritual authority. (Do not send originals. Submitted credentials will not be returned.)
  5. Gather your application, copies of documents and a $30 check or money order made out to Hennepin County Treasurer.

Application processes

Submit your application, documents and payment by mail in or drop-off.

Mail in

Submit the items listed above to:

Director of Licensing – Vital Records 
Hennepin County Government Center 
300 S 6th St. A-025 
Minneapolis, MN 55487-0026


Drop the items listed at one of our drop off locations.

Processing times

Regular processing

Orders will be processed in  2 - 3 weeks of receipt.

Faster processing

  • Orders will be processed in 5 - 7 business days of receipt
  • You must include an additional $20 and write "Expedite" on the envelope

Order status

If it's been over four (4) weeks since you ordered use our Vital records order inquiry form.


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