Arkansas Wedding Laws

How to Officiate a Wedding in Arkansas

It's important to research the details of marriage law in any state or county, as policies can change rather frequently. You must submit a copy of your ministry credentials to one of the 75 counties in Arkansas.

 

How to Become an Ordained Minister in Arkansas

Judges, some public officials and all ordained clergy who are authorized by their religious organization to do so can officiate at weddings in Arkansas. The Universal Life Church Monastery authorizes its ministers to perform weddings through online ordination.

How to Perform a Wedding Ceremony in Arkansas

 

In Arkansas, different counties have different policies dictating how a wedding ceremony can legally be conducted. It is important for any ordained minister wishing to perform a wedding in the state to research the specific guidelines set forth by the county in which the ceremony will take place. However, it is important to note that in Arkansas, all weddings must include two witnesses who are at least 18 years of age.

Premarital Counseling in Arkansas

Some counties in Arkansas require premarital counseling before a wedding can be performed. Which counties require this and what exactly constitutes premarital counseling frequently changes. Ordained clergy can administer premarital counseling in Arkansas, though it should match the regulatory specifics of the county in which the marriage license will be issued. We provide a variety of resources for ministers who wish to take more active roles like this in their communities.

Marriage Paperwork Required in Arkansas

The legal purpose of a wedding officiant in Arkansas is to confirm the details of the marriage certificate and to preside over the witnesses of the ceremony. A completed, signed marriage certificate must be returned to the County Clerk's office that issued the marriage license. The deadline for this varies by county.

 

Arkansas Marriage Laws

 

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 Arkansas 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 of the county where the marriage is solemnized, including any former justice of the peace who served at least three (3) terms since the passage of Arkansas Constitution, Amendment 55;

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

Gay Marriage and Same Sex Wedding Laws:

This state currently bans same-sex marriage by Constitutional Amendment and State Law.

The Monastery Ordination Credential

To perform a marriage in Arkansas you need to be ordained and may be required to provide proof of ordination such as an ordination credential, wallet credential, or a letter of good standing from the church.

Read the full Law on the official site »

Arkansas Wedding Laws by County

Arkansas County

101 Court Square
DeWitt, Arkansas
72042,

Phone: (870) 673-7311
Fmx: (870) 946-4349

Ashley County

205 East Jefferson
Hamburg, Arkansas
71646,
 
Phone: (870) 853-2020
Fmx: (870) 853-2082

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
E-mail: tobrien@co.benton.ar.us
Benton County website »

Boone County

100 N. Main
#201
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

Calhoun County

P.O. Box 1175
Hampton, Arkansas
71744,

Phone: (870) 798-2517
Fax: (870) 798-2428

Carroll County

210 West Church Ave.
Berryville, Arkansas
72616,

Phone: (870) 423-2022
Fax: (870) 423-7400
E-mail: jcorreia@hbeark.com
Carroll County website »

Chicot County

108 Main Street
Lake Village, Arkansas
71653,

Phone: (870) 265-8000

Clark County

Courthouse Square
401 Clay St
Arkadelphia, Arkansas
71923,
 
Phone: (870) 246-4491
Fmx: (870) 246-6505

Clay County

151 South 2nd Street
Piggott, Arkansas
72454,
 
Phone: (870) 598-2813
Fmx: (870) 598-2813

Cleburne County

301 West Main St.
Heber Springs, Arkansas
72543,
 
Phone: (501) 362-4620
Fax: (501) 362-4622
E-mail: cleburneclerk@arkansasclerks.com
Cleburne County website »

Cleveland County

P.O. Box 368
Rison, Arkansas
71665,

Phone: (870) 325-6521
Fmx: (870) 325-6144

Columbia County

1 Court Square
Ste 1
Magnolia, Arkansas
71753,
Phone: (870) 235-3774
Fax: (870) 235-3773
E-mail: countyclerk@countyofcolumbia.net
Columbia County website »

Conway County

115 S. Moose St.
Morrilton, Arkansas
72110,
 
Phone: (501) 354-9621
Fax: (501) 354-9610

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
E-mail: tarmer@crawford-county.org
Crawford County website »

Crittenden County

100 Court Street
Marion, Arkansas
72364,
Phone: (870) 739-4434
Fmx: (870) 739-3072
Crittenden County website »

Cross County

705 E. Union
Wynne, Arkansas
72396,

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

Dallas County

202 3rd Street West
Fordyce, Arkansas
71742,
Phone: (870) 352-2307
Fmx: (870) 352-7179

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
Fmx: (870) 460-6246

Faulkner County

801 Locust Street
Conway, Arkansas
72034,

Phone: (501) 450-4909
Fax: (501) 450-4938
E-mail: melinda.reynolds@faulknercounty.org
Faulkner County website »

Franklin County

211 West Commercial
Ozark, Arkansas
72949,
 
Phone: (479) 667-3607
alternate phone: (479) 965-2129
Fmx: (479) 667-4247

Fulton County

P.O. Box 219
Salem, Arkansas
72576,
 
Phone: (870) 895-3310
Fmx: (870) 895-3383

Garland County

501 Ouachita
Hot Springs, Arkansas
71901,
Phone: (501) 622-3610
Fax: (501) 624-0665
E-mail: tlambert@garlandcounty.org
Garland County website »

Grant County

101 W. Center
Rm. 106
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
E-mail: countyclerk@hempsteadcountyar.com
Hempstead County website »

Hot Spring County

210 Locust Street
Malvern, Arkansas
72104,
Phone: (501) 332-2291
alternate phone: (501) 332-2221

Howard County

421 N. Main St.
Nashville, Arkansas
71852,
Phone: (870) 845-7502
Fmx: (870) 845-7505

Independence County

192 E. Main St.
Batesville, Arkansas
72501,
 
Phone: (870) 793-8828
Fmx: (870) 793-8831
Independence County website »

Izard County

Main & Lunen Sts.
Melbourne, Arkansas
72556,

Phone: (870) 368-4316
Fmx: (870) 368-4748

Jackson County

208 Main Street
Newport, Arkansas
72112,
 
Phone: (870) 523-7420
Fmx: (870) 523-7404
Jackson County website »

Jefferson County

101 W. Barraque St.
Pine Bluff, Arkansas
71601,
 
Phone: (870) 541-5326
Fmx: (870) 541-5324

Johnson County

Courthouse, Main Street
Clarksville, Arkansas
72830,

Phone: (479) 754-3967
Fax: (479) 754-2286

Lafayette County

Courthouse, 3rd Street
Lewisville, Arkansas
71845,

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

Lawrence County

P.O. Box 526
Walnut Ridge, Arkansas
72476,

Phone: (870) 886-1111
Fax: (870) 886-1122

Lee County

15 East Chestnut
Marianna, Arkansas
72360,
 
Phone: (870) 295-7715
Fax: (870) 295-7783

Lincoln County

300 S. Drew
Star City, Arkansas
71667,
Phone: (870) 295-7715
Fax: (870) 628-5794

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
alternate phone: (479) 675-2951
Fmx: (479) 963-9017

Lonoke County

P.O. Box 188
Lonoke, Arkansas
72086,
Phone: (501) 676-2368
Fmx: (501) 676-3038

Madison County

201 West Main
Huntsville, Arkansas
72740,
Phone: (479) 738-2747
Fmx: (479) 738-2735

Marion County

P.O. Box 385
Yellville, Arkansas
72687,
Phone: (870) 449-6226
Fax: (870) 449-4979

Miller County

412 Laurel
#105
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
Fmx: (870) 838-7784

Monroe County

123 Madison
Clarendon, Arkansas
72029,
 
Phone: (870) 747-3632
Fax: (870) 747-5961

Montgomery County

105 Hwy 270 E
#10
Mount Ida, Arkansas
71957,

Phone: (870) 747-3632
Fmx: (870) 867-2177

Nevada County

215 E. 2nd Street
Prescott, Arkansas
71857,
Phone: (870) 887-2710
Fmx: (870) 887-5795

Newton County

P.O. Box 410
Jasper, Arkansas
72641,

Phone: (870) 446-5125
Fmx: (870) 446-5755

Ouachita County

145 Jefferson, S.W.
Camden, Arkansas
71701,
Phone: (870) 837-2220
Fax: (870) 837-2217

Perry County

Cths. Square, Main St.
Perryville, Arkansas
72126,

Phone: (501) 889-5126
Fmx: (501) 889-5799

Phillips County

620 Cherry
#202
Helena, Arkansas
72342,

Phone: (870) 338-5505
Fax: (870) 338-5509

Pike County

Courthouse Square
Murfreesboro, Arkansas
71958,
Phone: (870) 285-2743
Fmx: (870) 285-3900

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

Pope County

101 W. Main
Russellville, Arkansas
72801,
 
Phone: (479) 968-6064
Fmx: (479) 967-2291
Pope County website »

Prairie County

200 Courthouse Sq.
#104
Des Arc, Arkansas
72040,
 
Phone: (870) 256-4434
alternate phone: (870) 998-2314
Fax: (870) 256-4434

Pulaski County

401 West Markham
Suite 100
Little Rock, Arkansas
72201,

Phone: (501) 340-8331
alternate phone: (501) 340-8446
Fmx: (501) 340-8340
E-mail: njones@pulaskiclerk.com
Pulaski County website »

Randolph County

107 W. Broadway
Pocahontas, Arkansas
72455,
Phone: (870) 892-5822
Fmx: (870) 892-5829

Saline County

215 N. Main
Suite 9
Benton, Arkansas
72015,
Phone: (501) 303-5630
Fax: (501) 303-5684
E-mail: SalineClerk@arkansasclerks.com
Saline County website »

Scott County

100 West First St.
P.O. Box 10
Waldron, Arkansas
72958,
Phone: (479) 637-2642
Fmx: (479) 637-0124

Searcy County

P.O. Box 998
Marshall, Arkansas
72650,
 
Phone: (870) 448-3807
Fax: (870) 448-5006

Sebastian County

P.O. Box 1089
Fort Smith, Arkansas
72902,
 
Phone: (479) 782-5065
alternate phone: (479) 996-4195
Fmx: (479) 784-1567
E-mail: dtate@co.sebastian.ar.us
Sebastian County website »

Sevier County

115 N. 3rd St.
Rm 10
DeQueen, Arkansas
71832,
 
Phone: (870) 642-2852
Fmx: (870) 642-3896
Sevier County website »

Sharp County

Cths., Hwy. 167 N.
Ash Flat, Arkansas
72513,
Phone: (870) 994-7361
Fax: (870) 994-7712
E-mail: SharpClerk@centurytel.net
Sharp County website »

St. Francis County

313 South Izard
Forrest City, Arkansas
72335,

Phone: (870) 261-1725
Fmx: (870) 630-1210

Stone County

HC 71, Box 1
Mountain View, Arkansas
72560,

Phone: (870) 269-3271
Fmx: (870) 269-2303

Union County

101 N. Washington
El Dorado, Arkansas
71730,
 
Phone: (870) 864-1910
Fax: (870) 864-1927

Van Buren County

451 Main Street
Clinton, Arkansas
72031,

Phone: (501) 745-4140
Fmx: (501) 745-7400

Washington County

280 N. College
#300
Fayetteville, Arkansas
72701,

Phone: (479) 444-1711
Fmx: (501) 444-1894
E-mail: kpritchard@co.washington.ar.us
Washington County website »

White County

315 N. Spruce
Searcy, Arkansas
72143,

Phone: (501) 279-6204
Fmx: (501) 279-6260
E-mail: whitecountyclerk@cablelynx.com
White County website »

Woodruff County

500 N. 3rd Street
Augusta, Arkansas
72006,

Phone: (870) 347-2871
Fmx: (870) 347-2608

Yell

Cths., Main Street
Danville, Arkansas
72833,
 
Phone: (479) 495-4850
alternate phone: (479) 229-4404
Fmx: (479) 229-5634
E-mail: clerk@yellcounty.net
Yell website »