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Iowa 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 Iowa. Ordained ministers of the Universal Life Church have successfully performed thousands of legal marriages in Iowa. 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 Iowa.

Quick Facts
  • ULC Ordination Accepted: Yes
  • Minister Registration Required: No
  • Minister's Residency: Irrelevant
  • Minister's Minimum Age: 18
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  • Marriage License Waiting Period: 3 Days
  • Marriage License Valid For: Never Expires
  • Marriage License Return Within: 15 Days

1 How to Become an Ordained Minister in Iowa

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 Iowa

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 Iowa

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 Iowa to get an Ordination Package. While Minister registration is not technically required in Iowa you may be required to present proof of your ordination to the county clerk before the marriages you perform will be accepted as having been legally solemnized. Having this proof of your ordination will also provide 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 Iowa

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 Iowa marriage license from the appropriate office. This license is never expires, but there is a mandatory 3-day waiting period between when the couple receives the marriage license in Iowa and when the ceremony may be legally performed. Please be aware that the signed license must be returned to the issuing office within 15 days of the completion of the wedding ceremony. At the Universal Life Church we receive several calls from wedding officiants in Iowa, 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 Iowa 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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Iowa Marriage Code

Marriage in Iowa is governed by Chapter 595 of Title 15 of Iowa's Codified 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.
595.10 Who may solemnize.
Marriages may be solemnized by:
1. A judge of the supreme court, court of appeals, or district court, including a district
associate judge, associate juvenile judge, or a judicial magistrate, and including a senior judge
as defined in section 602.9202, subsection 3.
2. A person ordained or designated as a leader of the person's religious faith.
[C51, §1472; R60, §2524; C73, §2193; C97, §3145; C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, §10436; C4

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Adair County

400 Public Square
Greenfield , Iowa
50849

Phone: (641) 743-2445
Fax: (641) 743-2411
Adair County website »

Adams County

500 9th St.
P.O. Box 28
Corning , Iowa
50841

Phone: (641) 322-4711
Fax: (641) 322-3744
Adams County website »

Allamakee County

110 Allamakee Street
Waukon , Iowa
52172

Phone: (563) 568-2364
Fax: (563) 568-6419
Allamakee County website »

Appanoose County

201 North 12th Street
PO Box 400
Centerville , Iowa
52544

Phone: (641) 856-6101
Fax: (641) 856-8023
Appanoose County website »

Audubon County

318 Leroy Street
Audubon , Iowa
50025

Phone: (712) 563-2119
Fax: (712) 563-4677
Audubon County website »

Benton County

111 E 4th Street
PO Box 719
Vinton , Iowa
52349

Phone: (319) 472-3309
Fax: (319) 472-3647
Benton County website »

Black Hawk County

316 East 5th Street
Waterloo , Iowa
50703

Phone: (319) 833-3012
Fax: (319) 833-3170
Black Hawk County website »

Boone County

201 State Street
Boone, Iowa
50036

Phone: (515) 433-0514
Fax: (515) 433-4972
Boone County website »

Bremer County

415 E Bremer Avenue
Waverly , Iowa
50677

Phone: (319) 352-0401
Fax: (319) 352-0518
Bremer County website »

Buchanan County

210 - 5th Ave NE
Independence , Iowa
50644

Phone: (319) 334-4259
Fax: (319) 334-7453
Buchanan County website »

Buena Vista County

PO Box 454
Storm Lake, Iowa
50588

Phone: (712) 749-2539
Fax: (712) 749-2539
Buena Vista County website »

Butler County

428 Sixth Street
P.O. Box 346
Allison , Iowa
50602

Phone: (319) 267-2735
Fax: (319) 267-2675
Butler County website »

Calhoun County

416 Fourth St
Rockwell City, Iowa
50579

Phone: (712) 297-8121
Fax: (712) 297-5000
Calhoun County website »

Carroll County

114 East Sixth Street
P.O. Box 782
Carroll, Iowa
51401

Phone: (712) 792-3328
Fax: (712) 792-9493
Carroll County website »

Cass County

Five West Seventh Street
Atlantic , Iowa
50022

Phone: (712) 243-1692
Fax: (712) 243-6660
Cass County website »

Cedar County

400 Cedar St
Tipton , Iowa
52772

Phone: (563) 886-2230
Fax: (563) 886-2120
Cedar County website »

Cerro Gordo County

220 North Washington
Mason City , Iowa
50401

Phone: (641) 421-3056
Fax: (641) 421-3154
Cerro Gordo County website »

Cherokee County

520 West Main Street
Drawer G
Cherokee , Iowa
51012

Phone: (712) 225-6735
Fax: (712) 225-6754
Cherokee County website »

Chickasaw County

8 East Prospect
PO Box 1468
New Hampton, Iowa
50659

Phone: (641) 394-2336
Fax: (641) 394-2816
Chickasaw County website »

Clarke County

100 S. Main
Osceola , Iowa
50213

Phone: (641) 342-3313
Fax: (641) 342-3313
Clarke County website »

Clay County

300 West Fourth Street
Spencer , Iowa
51301

Phone: (712) 262-1081
Fax: (712) 264-3983
Clay County website »

Clayton County

111 High Street NE
PO Box 418
Elkader , Iowa
52043

Phone: (563) 245-2204
Fax: (563) 245-1175
Clayton County website »

Clinton County

1900 North Third Street
Clinton , Iowa
52733

Phone: (563) 244-0565
Fax: (563) 242-8412
Clinton County website »

Crawford County

1202 Broadway
Denison , Iowa
51442

Phone: (712) 263-3643
Fax: (712) 263-3413
Crawford County website »

Dallas County

801 Court Street
Adel , Iowa
50003

Phone: (515) 993-5804
Fax: (515) 993-5970
Dallas County website »

Davis County

100 Courthouse Square
Bloomfield , Iowa
52537

Phone: (641) 664-2321
Fax: (641) 664-3082
Davis County website »

Decatur County

207 North Main Street
Leon , Iowa
50144

Phone: (641) 446-4322
Fax: (641) 446-7159
Decatur County website »

Delaware County

301 E Main Street
PO Box 157
Manchester , Iowa
52057

Phone: (563) 927-4665
Fax: (563) 927-3641
Delaware County website »

Des Moines County

513 North Main St
Burlington , Iowa
52601

Phone: (319) 753-8221
Fax: (319) 753-8721
Des Moines County website »

Dickinson County

1802 Hill Ave
Spirit Lake, Iowa
51360

Phone: (712) 336-1495
Fax: (712) 336-2677
Dickinson County website »

Dubuque County

720 Central Avenue
Dubuque , Iowa
52001

Phone: (563) 589-4434
Fax: (563) 589-4484
Dubuque County website »

Emmet County

609 First Avenue North
Estherville , Iowa
51334

Emmet County website »

Fayette County

114 North Vine St
PO Box 226
West Union, Iowa
52175

Phone: (563) 422-3687
Fax: (563) 422-3739
Fayette County website »

Floyd County

101 South Main Street
Charles City, Iowa
50616

Phone: (641) 257-6154
Fax: (641) 228-6458
Floyd County website »

Franklin County

12 First Avenue NW
PO Box 26
Hampton , Iowa
50441

Phone: (641) 456-5675
Fax: (641) 456-6009
Franklin County website »

Fremont County

506 Filmore Street
PO Box 549
Sidney , Iowa
51652

Phone: (712) 374-2232
Fax: (712) 374-2826
Fremont County website »

Greene County

114 North Chestnut
Jefferson , Iowa
50129

Phone: (515) 386-5670
Fax: (515) 386-5274
Greene County website »

Grundy County

706 G Ave
Grundy Center, Iowa
50638

Phone: (319) 824-3234
Fax: (319) 824-0000
Grundy County website »

Guthrie County

200 North Fifth Street
Guthrie Center, Iowa
50115

Phone: (641) 747-3412
Fax: (641) 747-3081
Guthrie County website »

Hamilton County

2300 Superior Street
PO Box 126
Webster City, Iowa
50595

Phone: (515) 832-9535
Fax: (515) 832-8620
Hamilton County website »

Hancock County

855 State Street
Garner , Iowa
50438

Phone: (641) 923-2464
Fax: (641) 923-3912
Hancock County website »

Hardin County

1215 Edgington Ave.
P.O. Box 443
Eldora , Iowa
50627

Phone: (641) 939-8178
Fax: (641) 939-8245
Hardin County website »

Harrison County

111 N. 2nd Avenue
Logan , Iowa
51546

Phone: (712) 644-2545
Fax: (712) 644-3157
Harrison County website »

Henry County

100 E Washington
P.O. Box 106
Mt Pleasant , Iowa
52641

Phone: (319) 385-0765
Fax: (319) 385-3601
Henry County website »

Howard County

137 North Elm Street
Cresco , Iowa
52136

Phone: (563) 547-3621
Fax: (563) 547-1103
Howard County website »

Humboldt County

203 Main Street
PO Box 100
Dakota City , Iowa
50529

Phone: (515) 332-3693
Fax: (515) 332-3694
Humboldt County website »

Ida County

401 Moorehead Street
Ida Grove, Iowa
51445

Phone: (712) 364-2220
Fax: (712) 364-2746
Ida County website »

Iowa County

901 Court Avenue
PO Box 185
Marengo , Iowa
52301

Phone: (319) 642-3622
Fax: (319) 642-5562
Iowa County website »

Jackson County

201 West Platt Street
Maquoketa , Iowa
52060

Phone: (563) 652-2504
Fax: (563) 652-6460
Jackson County website »

Jasper County

101 First Street North
Newton , Iowa
50208

Phone: (641) 792-5442
Fax: (641) 791-3680
Jasper County website »

Jefferson County

51 West Briggs
PO Box 984
Fairfield, Iowa
52556

Phone: (641) 472-4331
Fax: (641) 472-5094
Jefferson County website »

Johnson County

913 S Dubuque St
Iowa City, Iowa
52240

Phone: (319) 356-6093
Fax: (319) 339-6181
Johnson County website »

Jones County

500 West Main Street
Anamosa, Iowa
52205

Phone: (319) 462-2477
Fax: (319) 462-5802
Jones County website »

Keokuk County

101 South Main Street
Sigourney , Iowa
52591

Phone: (641) 622-2540
Fax: (641) 622-3789
Keokuk County website »

Kossuth County

114 West State Street
Algona, Iowa
50511

Phone: (515) 295-5660
Fax: (515) 395-3660
Kossuth County website »

Lee County

933 Ave. H
PO Box 322
Ft. Madison, Iowa
52627

Phone: (319) 372-4662
Fax: (319) 372-7033
Lee County website »

Linn County

930 1st Street SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
52404

Phone: (319) 892-5420
Fax: (319) 892-5459
Linn County website »

Louisa County

117 South Main
PO Box 264
Wapello, Iowa
52653

Phone: (319) 523-5361
Fax: (319) 523-5364
Louisa County website »

Lucas County

916 Braden Avenue
Chariton, Iowa
50049

Phone: (641) 774-2413
Fax: (641) 774-1619
Lucas County website »

Lyon County

206 South Second Street
Rock Rapids , Iowa
51246

Phone: (712) 472-2381
Fax: (712) 472-8523
Lyon County website »

Madison County

112 N John Wayne Drive
Winterset, Iowa
50273

Phone: (515) 462-3771
Fax: (515) 462-5006
Madison County website »

Mahaska County

106 South 1st Street
Oskaloosa, Iowa
52577

Phone: (641) 673-8187
Fax: (641) 673-8979
Mahaska County website »

Marion County

214 E. Main Street
Knoxville, Iowa
50138

Phone: (641) 828-2211
Fax: (641) 828-3538
Marion County website »

Marshall County

1 East Main Street
Marshalltown, Iowa
50158

Phone: (641) 754-6355
Fax: (641) 754-6349
Marshall County website »

Mills County

418 Sharp Street
Glenwood, Iowa
51534

Phone: (712) 527-9315
Fax: (712) 527-1507
Mills County website »

Mitchell County

508 State Street
Osage , Iowa
50461

Phone: (641) 732-5861
Fax: (641) 732-5218
Mitchell County website »

Monona County

610 Iowa Avenue
PO Box 53
Onawa, Iowa
51040

Phone: (712) 433-2575
Fax: (712) 423-3034
Monona County website »

Monroe County

10 Benton Avenue East
Albia, Iowa
52531

Phone: (641) 932-5164
Fax: (641) 932-5905
Monroe County website »

Montgomery County

105 Coolbaugh Street
PO Box 469
Red Oak, Iowa
51566

Phone: (712) 623-4363
Fax: (712) 623-8915
Montgomery County website »

Muscatine County

401 East Third Street
Muscatine, Iowa
52761

Phone: (563) 263-7741
Fax: (563) 263-7248
Muscatine County website »

O'Brien County

155 South Hayes Avenue
PO Box 340
Primghar, Iowa
51245

Phone: (712) 957-3045
Fax: (712) 957-3046
O'Brien County website »

Osceola County

300 Seventh Street
Sibley, Iowa
51249

Phone: (712) 754-3345
Fax: (712) 754-3743
Osceola County website »

Page County

112 East Main St
Clarinda, Iowa
51632

Phone: (712) 542-3130
Fax: (712) 542-3636
Page County website »

Palo Alto County

1010 Broadway
P.O. Box 248
Emmetsburg, Iowa
50536

Phone: (712) 852-3701
Fax: (712) 852-3704
Palo Alto County website »

Plymouth County

215 Fourth Avenue SE
LeMars , Iowa
51031

Phone: (712) 546-4020
Fax: (712) 546-7304
Plymouth County website »

Pocahontas County

99 Court Square
Pocahontas, Iowa
50574

Phone: (712) 335-4404
Fax: (712) 335-4502
Pocahontas County website »

Polk County

111 Court Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa
50309

Phone: (515) 286-3160
Fax: (515) 323-5393
Polk County website »

Pottawattamie County

227 S. 6th Street
PO Box 476
Council Bluffs, Iowa
51502

Phone: (712) 328-5612
Fax: (712) 328-4738
Pottawattamie County website »

Poweshiek County

302 East Main Street
PO Box 656
Montezuma, Iowa
50171

Phone: (641) 623-5434
Fax: (641) 623-2928
Poweshiek County website »

Ringgold County

109 West Madison
Mount Ayr, Iowa
50854

Phone: (641) 464-3231
Fax: (641) 464-2568
Ringgold County website »

Sac County

100 Northwest State Street
Sac City, Iowa
50583

Phone: (712) 662-7789
Fax: (712) 662-6298
Sac County website »

Scott County

600 West Fourth Street
Davenport, Iowa
52801

Phone: (563) 326-8621
Fax: (563) 328-3225
Scott County website »

Shelby County

612 Court Street
PO Box 67
Harlan, Iowa
51537

Phone: (712) 755-5640
Fax: (712) 755-7556
Shelby County website »

Sioux County

210 Central Avenue SW
PO Box 48
Orange City , Iowa
51041

Phone: (712) 737-2229
Fax: (712) 737-2230
Sioux County website »

Story County

900 6th Street
P.O. Box 55
Nevada, Iowa
50201

Phone: (515) 382-7231
Fax: (515) 382-7239
Story County website »

Tama County

104 W. State Street
PO Box 82
Toledo , Iowa
52342

Phone: (641) 484-3320
Fax: (641) 484-8246
Tama County website »

Taylor County

405 Jefferson Street
Bedford , Iowa
50833

Phone: (712) 523-2275
Fax: (712) 523-2274
Taylor County website »

Union County

300 North Pine
Creston , Iowa
50801

Phone: (641) 782-1725
Fax: (641) 782-1709
Union County website »

Van Buren County

406 Dodge
PO Box 455
Keosauqua, Iowa
52565

Phone: (319) 293-3240
Fax: (319) 293-6327
Van Buren County website »

Wapello County

101 West Fourth Street
Ottumwa, Iowa
52501

Phone: (641) 683-0046
Fax: (641) 683-0001
Wapello County website »

Warren County

301 N Buxton
Indianola, Iowa
50125

Phone: (515) 961-1089
Fax: (515) 961-1079
Warren County website »

Washington County

224 West Main
PO Box 889
Washington, Iowa
52353

Phone: (319) 653-7727
Fax: (319) 653-7754
Washington County website »

Wayne County

101 Franklin
PO Box 435
Corydon, Iowa
50060

Phone: (641) 872-1676
Fax: (641) 872-2843
Wayne County website »

Webster County

701 Central Avenue
Fort Dodge, Iowa
50501

Phone: (515) 576-2401
Fax: (515) 576-2401
Webster County website »

Winnebago County

126 South Clark St
Forest City, Iowa
50436

Phone: (641) 585-2094
Fax: (641) 585-1094
Winnebago County website »

Winneshiek County

201 West Main Street
Decorah, Iowa
52101

Phone: (563) 382-3486
Fax: (563) 387-4083
Winneshiek County website »

Woodbury County

620 Douglas St
Sioux City, Iowa
51101

Phone: (712) 279-6528
Fax: (712) 233-8946
Woodbury County website »

Worth County

1000 Central Ave
Northwood , Iowa
50459

Phone: (641) 324-2734
Fax: (641) 324-3682
Worth County website »

Wright County

115 North Main Street
PO Box 187
Clarion , Iowa
50525

Phone: (515) 532-3204
Fax: (515) 532-2669
Wright County website »