Arkansas Outline

Arkansas Marriage Laws

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 Arkansas. Ordained ministers of the Universal Life Church have successfully performed thousands of legal marriages in Arkansas. The information provided below will walk you through the steps one must follow to become a minister and perform a valid wedding ceremony in the state of Arkansas.

Quick Facts
  • ULC Ordination Accepted: Yes
  • Minister Registration Required: Yes
  • Minister's Residency: Irrelevant
  • Minister's Minimum Age: 18
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  • Marriage License Waiting Period: 0 Days
  • Marriage License Valid For: 60 Days
  • Marriage License Return Within: By Expiration
  • Same-Sex Marriage Recognized: No

1 How to Become an Ordained Minister in Arkansas

If you haven't already, you should get ordained online with the Universal Life Church. Ordination is free and can be completed in just a matter of minutes. Thousands of legally valid marriages are performed by ULC ministers around the world every year. Begin the process by clicking the big blue button below!

2 How to Officiate a Marriage in Arkansas

Next, you should contact the office of your local marriage authority (typically your county clerk). Let them know that you are a minister of the Universal Life Church in Seattle, and ask what they will require of you to officiate a legal marriage.

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3 License to Marry in Arkansas

After you've contacted your marriage authority, you should visit our online store to purchase whatever documentation will be required. We typically advise ministers in Arkansas to get an Ordination Package and to add a Letter of Good Standing to her or his order. Minister registration is required in Arkansas and you will be asked to display proof of your ordination to the county clerks before they will accept the marriage as having been legally solemnized. Having this proof of your ordination can also provide a great deal of peace-of-mind to any couple that you intend to marry. Additionally, please attempt to leave at least 3 weeks between the date of the wedding ceremony and your order, to ensure that you receive all of your materials in advance.

4 How to Perform a Wedding in Arkansas

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 Arkansas marriage license from the appropriate office. This license is valid for 60 days, and there is no mandatory waiting period between when the couple receives the marriage license in Arkansas and when the ceremony may be legally performed. Please be aware that the signed license must be returned to the issuing office by its date of expiry. At the Universal Life Church we receive several calls from wedding officiants in Arkansas, 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 Arkansas 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.


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Arkansas Marriage Code

Marriage in Arkansas is governed by Title 9 of Arkansas' Statutes. Ministers who got ordained online with the Universal Life Church have successfully solemnized thousands of weddings in the state. Below, you will find that we have reproduced a relevant excerpt of this code.
9-11-213. Persons who may solemnize marriages.

(a) For the purpose of being registered and perpetuating the evidence thereof, marriage shall be solemnized only by the following persons:

(1) The Governor;

(2) Any former justice of the Supreme Court;

(3) Any judges of the courts of record within this state, including any former judge of a court of record who served at least four (4) years or more;

(4) Any justice of the peace, including any former justice of the peace who served at least two (2) terms since the passage of Arkansas Constitution, Amendment 55;

(5) Any regularly ordained minister or priest of any religious sect or denomination;

(6) The mayor of any city or town;

(7) Any official appointed for that purpose by the quorum court of the county where the marriage is to be solemnized; or

(8) Any elected district court judge and any former municipal or district court judge who served at least four (4) years.

(b) (1) Marriages solemnized through the traditional rite of the Religious Society of Friends, more commonly known as Quakers, are recognized as valid to all intents and purposes the same as marriages otherwise contracted and solemnized in accordance with law.

(2) The functions, duties, and liabilities of a party solemnizing marriage, as set forth in the marriage laws of this state, in the case of marriages solemnized through the traditional marriage rite of the Religious Society of Friends shall be incumbent upon the clerk of the congregation or, in his or her absence, his or her duly designated alternate.

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Arkansas County

101 Court Square
DeWitt, Arkansas
72042

Phone: (870) 673-7311
Fax: (870) 946-4349
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Ashley County

205 East Jefferson
Hamburg, Arkansas
71646

Phone: (870) 853-2020
Fax: (870) 853-2082
Ashley County website »

Baxter County

One East 7th
Mtn. Home, Arkansas
72653

Phone: (870) 425-3475
Fax: (870) 424-5105
Baxter County website »

Benton County

102 Northeast A St.
Bentonville, Arkansas
72712

Phone: (479) 271-1013
Fax: (479) 271-1019
Benton County website »

Boone County

100 N. Main
Harrison, Arkansas
72601

Phone: (870) 741-8428
Fax: (870) 741-9724
Boone County website »

Bradley County

101 East Cedar
Warren, Arkansas
71671

Phone: (870) 226-3464
Fax: (870) 226-8404
Bradley County website »

Calhoun County

P.O. Box 1175
Hampton, Arkansas
71744

Phone: (870) 798-2517
Fax: (870) 798-2428
Calhoun County website »

Carroll County

210 West Church Ave.
Berryville, Arkansas
72616

Phone: (870) 423-2022
Fax: (870) 423-7400
Carroll County website »

Chicot County

108 Main Street
Lake Village, Arkansas
71653

Chicot County website »

Clark County

Courthouse Square
401 Clay St
Arkadelphia, Arkansas
71923

Phone: (870) 246-4491
Fax: (870) 246-6505
Clark County website »

Clay County

151 South 2nd Street
Piggott, Arkansas
72454

Phone: (870) 598-2813
Fax: (870) 598-2813
Clay County website »

Cleburne County

301 West Main St.
Heber Springs, Arkansas
72543

Phone: (501) 362-4620
Fax: (501) 362-4622
Cleburne County website »

Cleveland County

P.O. Box 368
Rison, Arkansas
71665

Phone: (870) 325-6521
Fax: (870) 325-6144
Cleveland County website »

Columbia County

1 Court Square
Magnolia, Arkansas
71753

Phone: (870) 235-3774
Fax: (870) 235-3773
Columbia County website »

Conway County

115 S. Moose St.
Morrilton, Arkansas
72110

Phone: (501) 354-9621
Fax: (501) 354-9610
Conway County website »

Craighead County

511 S. Main St.
Jonesboro, Arkansas
72401

Phone: (870) 933-4520
Fax: (870) 933-4514
Craighead County website »

Crawford County

300 Main Street
Van Buren, Arkansas
72956

Phone: (479) 474-1312
Fax: (474) 471-3236
Crawford County website »

Crittenden County

100 Court Street
Marion, Arkansas
72364

Phone: (870) 739-4434
Fax: (870) 739-3072
Crittenden County website »

Cross County

705 E. Union
Wynne, Arkansas
72396

Phone: (870) 238-5735
Fax: (870) 238-5739
Cross County website »

Dallas County

202 3rd Street West
Fordyce, Arkansas
71742

Phone: (870) 352-2307
Fax: (870) 352-7179
Dallas County website »

Desha County

Robert S. Moore St.
Arkansas City, Arkansas
71630

Phone: (870) 877-2323
Fax: (870) 877-3413
Desha County website »

Drew County

210 South Main
Monticello, Arkansas
71655

Phone: (870) 460-6260
Fax: (870) 460-6246
Drew County website »

Faulkner County

801 Locust Street
Conway, Arkansas
72034

Phone: (501) 450-4909
Fax: (501) 450-4938
Faulkner County website »

Franklin County

211 West Commercial
Ozark, Arkansas
72949

Phone: (479) 667-3607
Fax: (479) 667-4247
Franklin County website »

Fulton County

P.O. Box 219
Salem, Arkansas
72576

Phone: (870) 895-3310
Fax: (870) 895-3383
Fulton County website »

Garland County

501 Ouachita
Hot Springs, Arkansas
71901

Phone: (501) 622-3610
Fax: (501) 624-0665
Garland County website »

Grant County

101 W. Center
Sheridan, Arkansas
72150

Phone: (870) 942-2631
Fax: (870) 942-3564
Grant County website »

Greene County

3rd & Court Streets
Paragould, Arkansas
72450

Phone: (870) 239-6311
Fax: (870) 239-6333
Greene County website »

Hempstead County

400 South Washington
P.O. Box 1420
Hope, Arkansas
71801

Phone: (870) 777-2241
Fax: (870) 777-7829
Hempstead County website »

Hot Spring County

210 Locust Street
Malvern, Arkansas
72104

Hot Spring County website »

Howard County

421 N. Main St.
Nashville, Arkansas
71852

Phone: (870) 845-7502
Fax: (870) 845-7505
Howard County website »

Independence County

192 E. Main St.
Batesville, Arkansas
72501

Phone: (870) 793-8828
Fax: (870) 793-8831
Independence County website »

Izard County

Main & Lunen Sts.
Melbourne, Arkansas
72556

Phone: (870) 368-4316
Fax: (870) 368-4748
Izard County website »

Jackson County

208 Main Street
Newport, Arkansas
72112

Phone: (870) 523-7420
Fax: (870) 523-7404
Jackson County website »

Jefferson County

101 W. Barraque St.
Pine Bluff, Arkansas
71601

Phone: (870) 541-5326
Fax: (870) 541-5324
Jefferson County website »

Johnson County

Courthouse, Main Street
Clarksville, Arkansas
72830

Phone: (479) 754-3967
Fax: (479) 754-2286
Johnson County website »

Lafayette County

Courthouse, 3rd Street
Lewisville, Arkansas
71845

Phone: (870) 921-4633
Fax: (870) 921-4505
Lafayette County website »

Lawrence County

P.O. Box 526
Walnut Ridge, Arkansas
72476

Phone: (870) 886-1111
Fax: (870) 886-1122
Lawrence County website »

Lee County

15 East Chestnut
Marianna, Arkansas
72360

Phone: (870) 295-7715
Fax: (870) 295-7783
Lee County website »

Lincoln County

300 S. Drew
Star City, Arkansas
71667

Phone: (870) 295-7715
Fax: (870) 628-5794
Lincoln County website »

Little River County

351 North Second
Ashdown, Arkansas
71822

Phone: (870) 898-7208
Fax: (870) 898-7207
Little River County website »

Logan County

25 West Walnut
Paris, Arkansas
72855

Phone: (479) 963-2618
Fax: (479) 963-9017
Logan County website »

Lonoke County

P.O. Box 188
Lonoke, Arkansas
72086

Phone: (501) 676-2368
Fax: (501) 676-3038
Lonoke County website »

Madison County

201 West Main
Huntsville, Arkansas
72740

Phone: (479) 738-2747
Fax: (479) 738-2735
Madison County website »

Marion County

P.O. Box 385
Yellville, Arkansas
72687

Phone: (870) 449-6226
Fax: (870) 449-4979
Marion County website »

Miller County

412 Laurel
Texarkana, Arkansas
71854

Phone: (870) 774-1501
Fax: (870) 773-4090
Miller County website »

Mississippi County

200 W. Walnut
Blytheville, Arkansas
72315

Phone: (870) 762-2411
Fax: (870) 838-7784
Mississippi County website »

Monroe County

123 Madison
Clarendon, Arkansas
72029

Phone: (870) 747-3632
Fax: (870) 747-5961
Monroe County website »

Montgomery County

105 Hwy 270 E
Mount Ida, Arkansas
71957

Phone: (870) 747-3632
Fax: (870) 867-2177
Montgomery County website »

Nevada County

215 E. 2nd Street
Prescott, Arkansas
71857

Phone: (870) 887-2710
Fax: (870) 887-5795
Nevada County website »

Newton County

P.O. Box 410
Jasper, Arkansas
72641

Phone: (870) 446-5125
Fax: (870) 446-5755
Newton County website »

Ouachita County

145 Jefferson, S.W.
Camden, Arkansas
71701

Phone: (870) 837-2220
Fax: (870) 837-2217
Ouachita County website »

Perry County

Cths. Square, Main St.
Perryville, Arkansas
72126

Phone: (501) 889-5126
Fax: (501) 889-5799
Perry County website »

Phillips County

620 Cherry
Helena, Arkansas
72342

Phone: (870) 338-5505
Fax: (870) 338-5509
Phillips County website »

Pike County

Courthouse Square
Murfreesboro, Arkansas
71958

Phone: (870) 285-2743
Fax: (870) 285-3900
Pike County website »

Poinsett County

401 Market Street
Harrisburg, Arkansas
72432

Phone: (870) 578-4410
Fax: (870) 578-2441
Poinsett County website »

Polk County

507 Church Street
Mena, Arkansas
71953

Phone: (479) 394-8123
Fax: (479) 394-8115
Polk County website »

Pope County

101 W. Main
Russellville, Arkansas
72801

Phone: (479) 968-6064
Fax: (479) 967-2291
Pope County website »

Prairie County

200 Courthouse Sq.
Des Arc, Arkansas
72040

Phone: (870) 256-4434
Fax: (870) 256-4434
Prairie County website »

Pulaski County

401 West Markham
Little Rock, Arkansas
72201

Phone: (501) 340-8331
Fax: (501) 340-8340
Pulaski County website »

Randolph County

107 W. Broadway
Pocahontas, Arkansas
72455

Phone: (870) 892-5822
Fax: (870) 892-5829
Randolph County website »

Saline County

215 N. Main
Benton, Arkansas
72015

Phone: (501) 303-5630
Fax: (501) 303-5684
Saline County website »

Scott County

100 West First St.
P.O. Box 10
Waldron, Arkansas
72958

Phone: (479) 637-2642
Fax: (479) 637-0124
Scott County website »

Searcy County

P.O. Box 998
Marshall, Arkansas
72650

Phone: (870) 448-3807
Fax: (870) 448-5006
Searcy County website »

Sebastian County

P.O. Box 1089
Fort Smith, Arkansas
72902

Phone: (479) 782-5065
Fax: (479) 784-1567
Sebastian County website »

Sevier County

115 N. 3rd St.
DeQueen, Arkansas
71832

Phone: (870) 642-2852
Fax: (870) 642-3896
Sevier County website »

Sharp County

Cths., Hwy. 167 N.
Ash Flat, Arkansas
72513

Phone: (870) 994-7361
Fax: (870) 994-7712
Sharp County website »

St. Francis County

313 South Izard
Forrest City, Arkansas
72335

Phone: (870) 261-1725
Fax: (870) 630-1210
St. Francis County website »

Stone County

HC 71, Box 1
Mountain View, Arkansas
72560

Phone: (870) 269-3271
Fax: (870) 269-2303
Stone County website »

Union County

101 N. Washington
El Dorado, Arkansas
71730

Phone: (870) 864-1910
Fax: (870) 864-1927
Union County website »

Van Buren County

451 Main Street
Clinton, Arkansas
72031

Phone: (501) 745-4140
Fax: (501) 745-7400
Van Buren County website »

Washington County

280 N. College
Fayetteville, Arkansas
72701

Phone: (479) 444-1711
Fax: (501) 444-1894
Washington County website »

White County

315 N. Spruce
Searcy, Arkansas
72143

Phone: (501) 279-6204
Fax: (501) 279-6260
White County website »

Woodruff County

500 N. 3rd Street
Augusta, Arkansas
72006

Phone: (870) 347-2871
Fax: (870) 347-2608
Woodruff County website »

Yell

Cths., Main Street
Danville, Arkansas
72833

Phone: (479) 495-4850
Fax: (479) 229-5634
Yell website »