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

Quick Facts
  • ULC Ordination Accepted: Yes
  • Minister Registration Required: Yes
  • Minister's Residency: Irrelevant
  • Minister's Minimum Age: 21
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  • Marriage License Waiting Period: 5 Days
  • Marriage License Valid For: 6 Months
  • Marriage License Return Within: 5 Days
  • Same-Sex Marriage Recognized: Yes

1 How to Become an Ordained Minister in Minnesota

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 Minnesota

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 Minnesota

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 Minnesota to get a Minnesota Ordination Credential. It's been reported to us by Universal Life Church ministers in the state that county clerks in Minnesota also require a Letter of Good Standing - so make sure you add this document to your order! 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.

The state of Minnesota strongly incentivizes premarital counseling. Those who receive at least 12 hours of counseling can get a discount on their Minnesota marriage license. Ordained ministers can legally perform and certify premarital counseling, though they must first be certified to officiate at weddings. By law, premarital counseling in Minnesota must include communication and conflict management training, as well as premarital inventory (and evaluation of the couple's expectations for marriage). Following counseling, the minister must present a statement using the following language: I, (name of educator), confirm that (full legal names of both parties) received at least 12 hours of premarital education that included the use of a premarital inventory and the teaching of communication and conflict management skills. I am a licensed or ordained minister, a person authorized to solemnize marriages under Minnesota Statutes, section 517.18, or a person authorized to practice marriage and family therapy under Minnesota Statutes, section 148B.33.

4 How to Perform a Wedding in Minnesota

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 Minnesota marriage license from the appropriate office. This license is valid for 6 months, however there is a 5 day waiting period between when the couple picks up the marriage license and when the ceremony may legally be conducted, as well as a 5 day window between the date of the wedding ceremony and when the signed license must be returned to the issuing office. At the Universal Life Church we receive several calls from wedding officiants in Minnesota, 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 Minnesota 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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Minnesota Marriage Code

Performing a marriage in Minnesota may seem daunting, but so long as you are wary of the requirements and deadlines pertinent to your situation you should find success. Universal Life Church ministers perform valid legal marriages in Minnesota every month. In Minnesota, marriage is governed by Section 4 of Article 517 of the state's code - we've excerpted this below for your convenience.
517.04 Solemnization Marriages may be solemnized throughout the state by a judge of a court of record, a retired judge of a court of record, a court administrator, a retired court administrator with the approval of the chief judge of the judicial district, a former court commissioner who is employed by the court system or is acting pursuant to an order of the chief judge of the commissioner's judicial district, the residential school administrators of the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf and the Minnesota State Academy for the Blind, a licensed or ordained minister of any religious denomination, or by any mode recognized in section 517.18. 517.05 Credentials of minister Ministers of any religious denomination, before they are authorized to solemnize a marriage, shall file a copy of their credentials of license or ordination with the court administrator of the district court of a county in this state, who shall record the same and give a certificate thereof. The place where the credentials are recorded shall be endorsed upon and recorded with each certificate of marriage granted by a minister.

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Aitkin County

209 2nd St. NW
Aitkin, Minnesota
56431

Phone: (218) 927-7336
Fax: (218) 927-7324
Aitkin County website »

Anoka County

325 E. Main St.
Anoka, Minnesota
55303

Phone: (763) 422-7399
Fax: (763) 323-5203
Anoka County website »

Becker County

915 Lake Avenue
P.O. Box 595
Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
56502

Becker County website »

Beltrami County

619 Beltrami Ave. NW
Bemidji, Minnesota
56601

Beltrami County website »

Benton County

531 Dewey Street
P.O. Box 129
Foley, Minnesota
56329

Phone: (320) 968-5037
Fax: (320) 968-5306
Benton County website »

Big Stone County

20 SE Second Street
P.O. Box 218
Ortonville, Minnesota
56278

Phone: (320) 839-2308
Fax: (320) 839-6394
Big Stone County website »

Blue Earth County

P.O. Box 3524
Mankato, Minnesota
56001

Blue Earth County website »

Brown County

P.O. Box 248
New Ulm, Minnesota
56073

Brown County website »

Carlton County

301 Walnut Ave.
P.O. Box 70
Carlton, Minnesota
55718

Carlton County website »

Carver County

600 East Fourth Street
P.O. Box 157
Chaska, Minnesota
55318

Carver County website »

Cass County

P.O. Box 3000
Walker, Minnesota
56484

Cass County website »

Chippewa County

629 N. 11th St.
Montevideo, Minnesota
56265

Phone: (320) 269-9431
Fax: (320) 269-7168
Chippewa County website »

Chisago County

313 N. Main
Center City, Minnesota
55012

Chisago County website »

Clay County

807 11th Street North
P.O. Box 280
Moorhead, Minnesota
56561

Clay County website »

Clearwater County

213 Main Avenue North
Bagley, Minnesota
56621

Clearwater County website »

Cook County

411 W. 2nd Street
P.O. Box 1150
Grand Marais, Minnesota
55604

Phone: (218) 387-3660
Fax: (218) 387-3043
Cook County website »

Cottonwood County

900 Third Avenue
P.O. Box 326
Windom, Minnesota
56101

Phone: (507) 831-1458
Fax: (507) 831-3675
Cottonwood County website »

Crow Wing County

326 Laurel Street
P.O. Box 383
Brainerd, Minnesota
56401

Phone: (218) 824-1300
Fax: (218) 824-1281
Crow Wing County website »

Dakota County

1590 W. Highway 55
Hastings, Minnesota
55033

Dakota County website »

Dodge County

22 East Sixth St.
P.O. Box 128
Mantorville, Minnesota
55955

Phone: (507) 635-6250
Fax: (507) 635-6255
Dodge County website »

Douglas County

305 Eighth Avenue West
Alexandria, Minnesota
56308

Phone: (320) 762-3877
Fax: (320) 762-2389
Douglas County website »

Faribault County

P.O. Box 130
Blue Earth, Minnesota
56013

Phone: (507) 526-6252
Fax: (507) 526-5272
Faribault County website »

Fillmore County

101 Fillmore Street
P.O. Box 465
Preston, Minnesota
55965

Fillmore County website »

Freeborn County

411 S. Broadway Ave.
PO BOX 1147
Albert Lea, Minnesota
56007

Freeborn County website »

Goodhue County

509 West Fifth Street
P.O. Box 408
Red Wing, Minnesota
55066

Goodhue County website »

Grant County

10 Second Street NE
PO Box 1007
Elbow Lake, Minnesota
56531

Phone: (218) 685-4133
Fax: (218) 685-4178
Grant County website »

Hennepin County

300 S. 6th Street
2nd floor
Minneapolis, Minnesota
55487

Hennepin County website »

Houston County

P.O. Box 29
Caledonia, Minnesota
55921

Phone: (507) 725-5813
Fax: (507) 725-2647
Houston County website »

Hubbard County

301 Court St.
Park Rapids, Minnesota
56470

Hubbard County website »

Isanti County

555 18th Ave. S.W.
Cambridge, Minnesota
55008

Isanti County website »

Itasca County

123 N.E. 4th St.
Grand Rapids, Minnesota
55744

Phone: (218) 327-2856
Fax: (218) 327-0689
Itasca County website »

Jackson County

405 4th St.
P.O. Box 209
Jackson, Minnesota
56143

Phone: (507) 847-2580
Fax: (507) 847-6824
Jackson County website »

Kanabec County

18 N. Vine St.
Mora, Minnesota
55051

Kanabec County website »

Kandiyohi County

400 Benson Avenue SW
P.O. Box 736
Willmar, Minnesota
56201

Phone: (320) 231-6532
Fax: (320) 231-6560
Kandiyohi County website »

Kittson County

410 South Fifth Street
P.O. Box 39
Hallock, Minnesota
56728

Phone: (218) 843-3632
Fax: (218) 843-2538
Kittson County website »

Koochiching County

715 Forest St.
International Falls, Minnesota
56649

Phone: (218) 283-6260
Fax: (218) 283-1194
Koochiching County website »

Lac qui Parle County

P.O. Box 132
Madison, Minnesota
56256

Lac qui Parle County website »

Lake County

601 3rd Ave.
Two Harbors, Minnesota
55616

Lake County website »

Lake of the Woods County

206 Southeast Eighth Ave
P.O. Box 808
Baudette, Minnesota
56623

Lake of the Woods County website »

Le Sueur County

88 South Park Avenue
Le Center, Minnesota
56057

Phone: (507) 357-2251
Fax: (507) 357-6375
Le Sueur County website »

Lincoln County

319 North Rebecca Street
P.O. Box 119
Ivanhoe, Minnesota
56142

Phone: (507) 694-1360
Fax: (507) 694-1198
Lincoln County website »

Lyon County

607 W Main St.
Marshall, Minnesota
56258

Lyon County website »

Mahnomen County

311 N. Main St.
P.O. Box 379
Mahnomen, Minnesota
56557

Mahnomen County website »

Marshall County

208 E. Colbin Ave.
Warren, Minnesota
56762

Phone: (218) 745-4816
Fax: (218) 745-5013
Marshall County website »

Martin County

201 Lake Avenue
P.O. Box 785
Fairmont, Minnesota
56031

Phone: (507) 238-3213
Fax: (507) 235-8537
Martin County website »

McLeod County

2389 Hennepin Avenue North
P.O. Box 127
Glencoe, Minnesota
55336

McLeod County website »

Meeker County

325 Sibley Avenue North
Litchfield, Minnesota
55355

Phone: (320) 693-5345
Fax: (320) 693-5444
Meeker County website »

Mille Lacs County

635 2nd St. S.E.
Milaca, Minnesota
56353

Mille Lacs County website »

Morrison County

213 S.E. 1st Ave.
Little Falls, Minnesota
56345

Phone: (320) 632-0145
Fax: (320) 632-0141
Morrison County website »

Mower County

201 1st St. N.E
Austin, Minnesota
55912

Mower County website »

Murray County

2500 28th Street
P.O. Box 57
Slayton, Minnesota
56172

Phone: (507) 836-6148 ext 144
Fax: (507) 836-8904
Murray County website »

Nicollet County

501 South Minnesota Ave
P.O. Box 493
St. Peter, Minnesota
56082

Nicollet County website »

Nobles County

P.O. Box 757
Worthington, Minnesota
56187

Phone: (507) 372-8236
Fax: (507) 372-8235
Nobles County website »

Norman County

16 East Third Avenue
P.O. Box 146
Ada, Minnesota
56510

Phone: (218) 784-7131
Fax: (218) 784-2399
Norman County website »

Olmsted County

151 4th St., S.E.
Rochester, Minnesota
55904

Olmsted County website »

Otter Tail County

P.O. Box 867
Fergus Falls, Minnesota
56538

Otter Tail County website »

Pennington County

First and Main Streets
P.O. Box 616
Thief River Falls, Minnesota
56701

Pennington County website »

Pine County

635 Northridge Dr. NW
Pine City, Minnesota
55063

Phone: (320) 591-1642
Fax: (320) 591-1640
Pine County website »

Pipestone County

416 S. Hiawatha Ave.
Pipestone, Minnesota
56164

Phone: (507) 825-6755
Fax: (507) 825-6767
Pipestone County website »

Polk County

612 North Broadway
P.O. Box 397
Crookston, Minnesota
56716

Phone: (218) 281-3464
Fax: (218) 281-1636
Polk County website »

Pope County

130 E. Minnesota Ave.
Glenwood, Minnesota
56334

Phone: (320) 634-5723
Fax: (320) 634-5717
Pope County website »

Ramsey County

555 Cedar Street
Saint Paul, Minnesota
55101

Ramsey County website »

Red Lake County

124 North Main Street
P.O. Box 3
Red Lake Falls, Minnesota
56750

Red Lake County website »

Redwood County

P.O. Box 130
Redwood Falls, Minnesota
56283

Phone: (507) 637-4032
Fax: (507) 637-4064
Redwood County website »

Renville County

500 E. DePue Ave.
Olivia, Minnesota
56277

Phone: (320) 523-3669
Fax: (320) 523-3650
Renville County website »

Rice County

320 N.W. 3rd St.
Fairbault, Minnesota
55021

Rice County website »

Rock County

204 East Brown
Box 509
Luverne, Minnesota
56156

Rock County website »

Roseau County

606 5th Ave. S.W.
Roseau, Minnesota
56751

Roseau County website »

Scott County

428 S. Holmes St.
Shakopee, Minnesota
55379

Scott County website »

Sherburne County

13880 Highway 10
P.O. Box 320
Elk River, Minnesota
55330

Phone: (763) 241-2915
Fax: (763) 241-2994
Sherburne County website »

Sibley County

400 Court Avenue
Box 44
Gaylord, Minnesota
55334

Sibley County website »

St. Louis County

100 N. 5th Avenue West
P.O. Box 157
Duluth, Minnesota
55801

Phone: (218) 726-2559
Fax: (218) 725-5052
St. Louis County website »

Stearns County

705 Courthouse Square
Saint Cloud, Minnesota
56303

Stearns County website »

Steele County

111 East Main Street
P.O. Box 487
Owatonna, Minnesota
55060

Phone: (507) 444-7700
Fax: (507) 444-7470
Steele County website »

Stevens County

P.O. Box 530
Morris, Minnesota
56267

Stevens County website »

Swift County

301 14th Street N
P.O. Box 246
Benson, Minnesota
56215

Phone: (320) 843-3377
Fax: (320) 843-6105
Swift County website »

Todd County

221 1st Avenue South
Long Prairie, Minnesota
56347

Todd County website »

Traverse County

702 Second Avenue N
P.O. Box 487
Wheaton, Minnesota
56296

Traverse County website »

Wabasha County

625 Jefferson Ave.
Wabasha, Minnesota
55981

Wabasha County website »

Wadena County

P.O. Box 415
Wadena, Minnesota
56482

Wadena County website »

Waseca County

307 N. State St.
Waseca, Minnesota
56093

Phone: (507) 835-0670
Fax: (507) 835-0633
Waseca County website »

Washington County

1520 West Frontage Road
Stillwater, Minnesota
55082

Phone: (651) 430-8258
Fax: (651) 430-7060
Washington County website »

Watonwan County

P.O. Box 518
Saint James, Minnesota
56081

Phone: (507) 375-1216
Fax: (507)-375-1215
Watonwan County website »

Wilkin County

300 South Fifth Street
P.O. Box 29
Breckenridge, Minnesota
56520

Phone: (218) 643-5112
Fax: (218) 643-7170
Wilkin County website »

Winona County

74 West Third St
Winona, Minnesota
55987

Phone: (507) 457-6395
Fax: (507) 457-6340
Winona County website »

Wright County

10 NW Second Street
Buffalo, Minnesota
55313

Wright County website »

Yellow Medicine County

415 9th Ave.
Granite Falls, Minnesota
56241

Phone: (320) 564-2529
Fax: (320) 564-3670
Yellow Medicine County website »