State Marriage Laws

Wedding laws in the United States vary from state-to-state and from county-to-county. The Universal Life Church has assembled the Internet’s most comprehensive database of these various state marriage laws. Do you plan on getting married or performing a wedding ceremony? Click on the state where the ceremony will be taking place for a more detailed explanation of each state's laws and a comprehensive tutorial to performing weddings in that state.

How to Become an Ordained Minister

The specific requirements for wedding ministers, like the documents necessary to perform a marriage, also vary from one location to another. The first step in the process is to ensure that you have become a minister by getting ordained online with a valid religious organization like the Universal Life Church Monastery. Legal online ordinations from the Universal Life Church are accepted in almost every area of the United States, the only exceptions being Virginia and some parts of Pennsylvania.

Ordained Minister License

After becoming ordained, you should check the marriage laws of the state you'll be performing a wedding in and contact the office of the local marriage authority (usually the county clerk) to confirm what you need. Then, purchase the required minister certificate or ordained minister license to perform the wedding. Additionally, the Universal Life Church offers minister training to help new ministers prepare for weddings and other ceremonies.

International Marriage Laws

Ministers ordained online by the Universal Life Church have also found success in some international areas. You can view detailed explanations of international marriage laws for select countries below.

The Universal Life Church has produced this reference guide to aid people around the world in understanding marriage laws in their area. The pages located within will provide general information and help to point you in the right direction (in many areas it is difficult to locate the relevant legal code). The Universal Life Church is not a law firm and does not purport to give specific legal advice. Everyone’s situation is different, and we would always advise that you contact the office of your local marriage authority or a licensed attorney to address any specific questions or concerns you may have.