Maryland Wedding Laws

How to Officiate a Wedding in Maryland

Maryland wedding law takes a relatively hands-off approach in dictating how a wedding must be performed, particularly if a religious body is involved. This level of freedom makes it simple for a Universal Life Church Monastery ordained minister to solemnize a wedding in the state.

How to Become an Ordained Minister in Maryland

Maryland state law establishes that any county clerk, judge, or official of a religious body is authorized to oversee a marriage. This language of the law allows those who are ordained online by the Universal Life Church Monastery to solemnize Maryland weddings. Furthermore, it is not necessary that you register as a minister in the state.

How to Perform a Wedding Ceremony in Maryland

So long as the wedding ceremony is being solemnized by a religious official, the state of Maryland does not attempt to place any guidelines on how the ceremony must be performed. Additionally, there is no need for the presence of a witness beyond that of the officiant. For additional guidance on how to perform a wedding ceremony, a ULC Monastery ordained minister would be wise to turn to the A Wedding Ceremony to Remember, an informative resource on many different types of ceremonies that we are happy to provide.

Marriage Paperwork Required in Maryland

. A couple should apply for their marriage license at their county clerk. A fee is incurred upon application for a marriage license, though couples who receive at least 4 hours of premarital training from a qualified individual and present this information to the clerk will receive a substantial discount on the license fee. The officiant is required to validate the couple's marriage license and sign the marriage certificate. One copy of the certificate is to be delivered to the couple, the other is to be returned by the officiant to the clerk who issues the license within five days of the ceremony.

For more detailed information, review Maryland's code for yourself.

Maryland Marriage Laws

 
A marriage ceremony may be performed in this State by: (i) any official of a religious order or body authorized by the rules and customs of that order or body to perform a marriage ceremony;

Gay Marriage and Same Sex Wedding Laws:

This state currently has legal same-sex marriage by Popular Vote.

The Monastery Ordination Credential

To perform a marriage in Maryland 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 »

Maryland Wedding Laws by County

Allegany County

30 Washington Street
Cumberland, Maryland
21502,
Phone: (301) 777-5922
Fmx: (301) 777-2100
E-mail: dawne.lindsey@courts.state.md.us
Allegany County website »

Anne Arundel County

7 Church Circle
P.O. Box 71
Annapolis, Maryland
21404,
 
Phone: (410) 222-1397
Anne Arundel County website »

Baltimore City

111 N. Calvert Street
Baltimore, Maryland
21202,
 
Phone: (410) 333-3722
Baltimore City website »

Baltimore County

401 Bosley Avenue
Towson, Maryland
21204,
 
Phone: (410) 887-2601
Baltimore County website »

Calvert County

175 Main Street
Prince Frederick, Maryland
20678,
Phone: (410) 535-1660
E-mail: kathy.smith@mdcourts.gov
Calvert County website »

Caroline County

109 Market Street
Denton, Maryland
21629,
Phone: (410) 479-1811
Caroline County website »

Carroll County

55 N. Court Street
Westminster, Maryland
21157,
Phone: (410) 386-2026
Fax: (410) 876-0822
E-mail: donald.sealing@mdcourts.gov
Carroll County website »

Cecil County

129 E. Main Street
Elkton, Maryland
21921,

Phone: (410) 996-1021
Fax: (410) 392-6032
Cecil County website »

Charles County

200 Charles Street
P.O. Box 970
La Plata, Maryland
20646,

Phone: (301) 932-3201
alternate phone: (301) 870-2659
Charles County website »

Dorchester County

206 High Street
P.O. Box 150
Cambridge, Maryland
21613,

Phone: (410) 228-0481
Fax: (410) 228-1860
Dorchester County website »

Frederick County

100 West Patrick Street
Frederick, Maryland
21701,
Phone: (301) 600-1976
Frederick County website »

Garrett County

203 S. 4th Street
P.O. Box 447
Room 109
Oakland, Maryland
21550,

Phone: (301) 334-1937
Fax: (301) 334-5017
Garrett County website »

Harford County

20 West Courtland Street
Bel Air, Maryland
21014,
 
Phone: (410) 838-4952
alternate phone: (410) 879-2000
E-mail: james.reilly@mdcourts.gov
Harford County website »

Howard County

9250 Bendix Road
Columbia, Maryland
21045,
 
Phone: (410) 313-5850
alternate phone: (410) 313-2160
Howard County website »

Kent County

103 N. Cross Street
Chestertown, Maryland
21620,
Phone: (410) 778-7460
E-mail: kentcc@courts.state.md.us
Kent County website »

Montgomery County

50 Maryland Avenue
Rockville, Maryland
20850,
 
Phone: (240) 777-9400
Montgomery County website »

Prince George's County

14735 Main Street
Upper Marlboro, Maryland
20772,

Phone: (301) 952-3318
Prince George's County website »

Queen Anne's County

100 Courthouse Square
Centreville, Maryland
21617,
 
Phone: (410) 758-1773
E-mail: queenannescc@mdcourts.gov
Queen Anne's County website »

Somerset County

30512 Prince William Street
P.O. Box 99
Princess Anne, Maryland
21853,

Phone: (410) 845-4840
Somerset County website »

St. Mary's County

41605 Courthouse Drive
P.O. Box 676
Leonardtown, Maryland
20650,
 
Phone: (301) 475-7844
E-mail: joan.williams@mdcourts.gov
St. Mary's County website »

Talbot County

11 North Washington Street
Suite 16
Easton, Maryland
21601,
 
Phone: (410) 822-2611
Fmx: (410) 820-8168
Talbot County website »

Washington County

24 Summit Avenue
Hagerstown , Maryland
21740,

Phone: (301) 733-8660
Fax: (301) 791-1151
E-mail: dennis.weaver@mdcourts.gov
Washington County website »

Wicomico County

101 North Division Street
Room 105
Salisbury, Maryland
21801,

Phone: (410) 543-6551
alternate phone: ext. 159
Fmx: (410) 546-8590
Wicomico County website »

Worcester County

One W. Market Street
Room 104
Snow Hill, Maryland
21863,

Phone: (410) 632-5500
Worcester County website »