Minnesota Wedding Laws

How to Officiate a Wedding in Minnesota

Minnesota wedding law establishes that ministers acting as wedding officiants within the state have more responsibilities than officiants in many other states, but they are also afforded more options dictating how involved they are in the wedding ceremony and the planning that takes place beforehand. As an ordained minister of the Universal Life Church Monastery, an individual has the ability to be both an officiant and a premarital counselor to the betrothed.

How to Become an Ordained Minister in Minnesota

Judges, some public officials and all ordained clergy can officiate at weddings in Minnesota. Clergy must present certification materials along with a form to prove that he or she is a member in good standing with his or her religious organization.

Certifying Ordination

To prove ordained status, a member of the clergy must file a Letter of Good Standing with the court administrator of the district court of a county in Minnesota. This grants the petitioning minister a certificate that is valid for any future weddings he or she performs in the state.

Premarital Counseling

The state of Minnesota strongly incentivizes premarital counseling by reducing the price of a marriage license for those who receive at least 12 hours of counseling. 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 (an evaluation of the couple's expectations for marriage).

Marriage Paperwork Required in Minnesota

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.

In Minnesota, all weddings require two additional witnesses who are at least 16 years of age. Also, same-sex marriage is legal in Minnesota as of August 1, 2013.

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

Minnesota Marriage Laws

 

Counties will require that credentials be registered. The Anoka County site describes the process and provides an order form for registration. Other counties will have similar requirements.

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. Copyright 2004 by the Office of Revisor of Statutes, State of Minnesota.

Gay Marriage and Same Sex Wedding Laws:

This state currently has legal same-sex marriage by State Legislature.

The Monastery Ordination Credential

To perform a marriage in Minnesota 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 »

Minnesota Wedding Laws by County

Aitkin County

209 2nd St. NW
Aitkin, Minnesota
56431,

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

Anoka County

325 E. Main St.
Suite 120
Anoka, Minnesota
55303,

Phone: (763) 422-7399
alternate phone: (763) 323-5201
Fmx: (763) 323-5203
E-mail: VitalStats@co.anoka.mn.us
Anoka County website »

Becker County

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

Phone: (218) 846-7304
Becker County website »

Beltrami County

619 Beltrami Ave. NW
Bemidji, Minnesota
56601,

Phone: (218) 759-4174
Beltrami County website »

Benton County

531 Dewey Street
P.O. Box 129
Foley, Minnesota
56329,
 
Phone: (320) 968-5037
Fax: (320) 968-5306
E-mail: mnovak@co.benton.mn.us
Benton County website »

Big Stone County

20 SE Second Street
P.O. Box 218
Ste. 106
Ortonville, Minnesota
56278,
 
Phone: (320) 839-2308
alternate phone: (320) 839-6390
Fmx: (320) 839-6394
Big Stone County website »

Blue Earth County

P.O. Box 3524
Mankato, Minnesota
56001,

Phone: (507) 389-8343
Blue Earth County website »

Brown County

P.O. Box 248
New Ulm, Minnesota
56073,
 
Phone: (507) 233-6657
alternate phone: (507) 233-6653
E-mail: recorder@co.brown.mn.us
Brown County website »

Carlton County

301 Walnut Ave.
P.O. Box 70
Carlton, Minnesota
55718,
Phone: (218) 384-9195
Carlton County website »

Carver County

600 East Fourth Street
P.O. Box 157
Chaska, Minnesota
55318,
Phone: (952) 361-1930
Carver County website »

Cass County

P.O. Box 3000
Walker, Minnesota
56484,
 
Phone: (218) 547-7247
Cass County website »

Chippewa County

629 N. 11th St.
Montevideo, Minnesota
56265,
 
Phone: (320) 269-9431
Fmx: (320) 269-7168
Chippewa County website »

Chisago County

313 N. Main
Center City, Minnesota
55012,

Phone: (763) 213-0438
alternate phone: (763) 213-8580
Chisago County website »

Clay County

807 11th Street North
P.O. Box 280
Moorhead, Minnesota
56561,
 
Phone: (218) 299-5031
Clay County website »

Clearwater County

213 Main Avenue North
Bagley, Minnesota
56621,

Phone: (218) 694-6129
Clearwater County website »

Cook County

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

Phone: (218) 387-3660
Fmx: (218) 387-3043
E-mail: recorder@co.cook.mn.us
Cook County website »

Cottonwood County

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

Phone: (507) 831-1458
Fmx: (507) 831-3675
E-mail: cottonwood.recorder@co.cottonwood.mn.us
Cottonwood County website »

Crow Wing County

326 Laurel Street
P.O. Box 383
Ste 11
Brainerd, Minnesota
56401,
Phone: (218) 824-1300
alternate phone: (218) 824-1280
Fax: (218) 824-1281
E-mail: kathy.ludenia@co.crow-wing.mn.us
Crow Wing County website »

Dakota County

1590 W. Highway 55
Hastings, Minnesota
55033,
 
Phone: (651) 438-4313
Dakota County website »

Dodge County

22 East Sixth St.
P.O. Box 128
Dept 101
Mantorville, Minnesota
55955,

Phone: (507) 635-6250
Fmx: (507) 635-6255
E-mail: dodge.recorder@co.dodge.mn.us
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,
 
Phone: (507) 765-4701
alternate phone: (507) 765-3852
Fillmore County website »

Freeborn County

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

Phone: (507) 377-5163
alternate phone: (507) 377-5130
E-mail: kelly.callahan@co.freeborn.mn.us
Freeborn County website »

Goodhue County

509 West Fifth Street
P.O. Box 408
Red Wing, Minnesota
55066,
Phone: (651) 385-3148
Goodhue County website »

Grant County

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

Phone: (218) 685-4133
Fmx: (218) 685-4178
E-mail: recorder@co.grant.mn.us
Grant County website »

Hennepin County

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

Phone: (612) 348-8241
Hennepin County website »

Houston County

P.O. Box 29
Caledonia, Minnesota
55921,
Phone: (507) 725-5813
Fax: (507) 725-2647
E-mail: bev.bauer@co.houston.mn.us
Houston County website »

Hubbard County

301 Court St.
Courthouse
Park Rapids, Minnesota
56470,
 
Phone: (218) 732-3552
E-mail: nlueth@co.hubbard.mn.us
Hubbard County website »

Isanti County

555 18th Ave. S.W.
Cambridge, Minnesota
55008,
 
Phone: (320) 689-1191
Isanti County website »

Itasca County

123 N.E. 4th St.
Grand Rapids, Minnesota
55744,
 
Phone: (218) 327-2856
Fmx: (218) 327-0689
E-mail: linda.nielsen@co.itasca.mn.us
Itasca County website »

Jackson County

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

Phone: (507) 847-2580
Fax: (507) 847-6824
E-mail: Becky.McCann@co.jackson.mn.us
Jackson County website »

Kanabec County

18 N. Vine St.
Suite 261B
Mora, Minnesota
55051,
 
Phone: (320) 679-6466
E-mail: recorder@co.kanabec.mn.us
Kanabec County website »

Kandiyohi County

400 Benson Avenue SW
P.O. Box 736
Willmar, Minnesota
56201,
Phone: (320) 231-6532
Fmx: (320) 231-6560
Kandiyohi County website »

Kittson County

410 South Fifth Street
P.O. Box 39
Suite 202
Hallock, Minnesota
56728,
 
Phone: (218) 843-3632
alternate phone: (218) 843-2842
Fax: (218) 843-2538
E-mail: khultgre@co.kittson.mn.us
Kittson County website »

Koochiching County

715 Forest St.
International Falls, Minnesota
56649,
 
Phone: (218) 283-6260
alternate phone: (218) 283-1193
Fax: (218) 283-1194
E-mail: pam.rooney@co.koochiching.mn.us
Koochiching County website »

Lac qui Parle County

P.O. Box 132
Madison, Minnesota
56256,
Phone: 320) 598-3724
Lac qui Parle County website »

Lake County

601 3rd Ave.
Two Harbors, Minnesota
55616,

Phone: (218) 834-8301
Lake County website »

Lake of the Woods County

206 Southeast Eighth Ave
P.O. Box 808
Suite # 280
Baudette, Minnesota
56623,

Phone: (218) 634-1902
E-mail: susan_n@co.lake-of-the-woods.mn.us
Lake of the Woods County website »

Le Sueur County

88 South Park Avenue
Le Center, Minnesota
56057,

Phone: (507) 357-2251
alternate phone: ext. 235
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
Fmx: (507) 694-1198
E-mail: recorder@co.lincoln.mn.us
Lincoln County website »

Lyon County

607 W Main St.
Marshall, Minnesota
56258,
Phone: (507) 537-6722
E-mail: barker@co.lyon.mn.us
Lyon County website »

Mahnomen County

311 N. Main St.
P.O. Box 379
Mahnomen, Minnesota
56557,
 
Phone: (218) 935-2251
alternate phone: (218) 935-5669

Marshall County

208 E. Colbin Ave.
Suite 7
Warren, Minnesota
56762,
 
Phone: (218) 745-4816
alternate phone: (218) 745-4801
Fax: (218) 745-5013
E-mail: bev.lydeen@co.marshall.mn.us
Marshall County website »

Martin County

201 Lake Avenue
P.O. Box 785
Fairmont, Minnesota
56031,
Phone: (507) 238-3213
Fmx: (507) 235-8537
E-mail: kay.wrucke@co.martin.mn.us
Martin County website »

McLeod County

2389 Hennepin Avenue North
P.O. Box 127
Glencoe, Minnesota
55336,
 
Phone: (320) 864-1216
alternate phone: (320) 864-1327
E-mail: mcleod.recorder@co.mcleod.mn.us
McLeod County website »

Meeker County

325 Sibley Avenue North
Litchfield, Minnesota
55355,
 
Phone: (320) 693-5345
alternate phone: (320) 693-5440
Fax: (320) 693-5444
E-mail: elaine.lenhard@co.meeker.mn.us
Meeker County website »

Mille Lacs County

635 2nd St. S.E.
Milaca, Minnesota
56353,
Phone: (320) 983-8308
Mille Lacs County website »

Morrison County

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

Phone: (320) 632-0145
alternate phone: (320) 632-0146
Fax: (320) 632-0141
E-mail: bunny@co.morrison.mn.us
Morrison County website »

Mower County

201 1st St. N.E
Austin, Minnesota
55912,
Phone: (507) 437-9446
E-mail: sued@co.mower.mn.us
Mower County website »

Murray County

2500 28th Street
P.O. Box 57
Slayton, Minnesota
56172,
 
Phone: (507) 836-6148 ext 144
Fmx: (507) 836-8904
E-mail: jjohnson@co.murray.mn.us
Murray County website »

Nicollet County

501 South Minnesota Ave
P.O. Box 493
St. Peter, Minnesota
56082,
Phone: (507) 931-6800 ext 322
alternate phone: (507) 934-0322
E-mail: kconlon@co.nicollet.mn.us
Nicollet County website »

Nobles County

P.O. Box 757
Worthington, Minnesota
56187,
Phone: (507) 372-8236
alternate phone: (507) 295-5268
Fax: (507) 372-8235
E-mail: recorder@co.nobles.mn.us
Nobles County website »

Norman County

16 East Third Avenue
P.O. Box 146
Ada, Minnesota
56510,
 
Phone: (218) 784-7131
alternate phone: (218) 784-5481
Fax: (218) 784-2399
E-mail: kari.aanenson@co.norman.mn.us
Norman County website »

Olmsted County

151 4th St., S.E.
Rochester, Minnesota
55904,
Phone: (507) 328-7660
E-mail: vitals@co.olmsted.mn.us
Olmsted County website »

Otter Tail County

P.O. Box 867
Fergus Falls, Minnesota
56538,
 
Phone: (218) 739-2271 ext 247
alternate phone: (218) 998-8140
Otter Tail County website »

Pennington County

First and Main Streets
P.O. Box 616
Thief River Falls, Minnesota
56701,
Phone: (218) 683-7027
Pennington County website »

Pine County

635 Northridge Dr. NW
Suite 250
Pine City, Minnesota
55063,
 
Phone: (320) 591-1642
Fmx: (320) 591-1640
Pine County website »

Pipestone County

416 S. Hiawatha Ave.
Pipestone, Minnesota
56164,
Phone: (507) 825-6755
Fax: (507) 825-6767
E-mail: maryann.degroot@co.pipestone.mn.us
Pipestone County website »

Polk County

612 North Broadway
P.O. Box 397
Suite 213
Crookston, Minnesota
56716,
 
Phone: (218) 281-3464
Fmx: (218) 281-1636
Polk County website »

Pope County

130 E. Minnesota Ave.
Suite 206
Glenwood, Minnesota
56334,
 
Phone: (320) 634-5723
Fmx: (320) 634-5717
E-mail: GroupWebRecorders@co.pope.mn.us
Pope County website »

Ramsey County

555 Cedar Street
Saint Paul, Minnesota
55101,
 
Phone: (651) 266-1333
E-mail: AskVR@co.ramsey.mn.us
Ramsey County website »

Red Lake County

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

Phone: (218) 253-2997
E-mail: jpaquin@co.red-lake.mn.us
Red Lake County website »

Redwood County

P.O. Box 130
Redwood Falls, Minnesota
56283,

Phone: (507) 637-4032
Fmx: (507) 637-4064
E-mail: joyce_a@co.redwood.mn.us
Redwood County website »

Renville County

500 E. DePue Ave.
Olivia, Minnesota
56277,
 
Phone: (320) 523-3669
Fax: (320) 523-3650
E-mail: recorder@co.renville.mn.us
Renville County website »

Rice County

320 N.W. 3rd St.
Suite 10
Fairbault, Minnesota
55021,
Phone: (507) 332-6114
E-mail: RCRecorder@co.rice.mn.us

Rock County

204 East Brown
Box 509
Luverne, Minnesota
56156,

Phone: (507) 283-5060
Rock County website »

Roseau County

606 5th Ave. S.W.
Room 170
Roseau, Minnesota
56751,
Phone: (218) 463-2541
alternate phone: (218) 463-2061
Roseau County website »

Scott County

428 S. Holmes St.
Shakopee, Minnesota
55379,

Phone: (952) 496-7750
alternate phone: (952) 496-8144
Scott County website »

Sherburne County

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

Phone: (763) 241-2915
alternate phone: (800) 719-2826
Fax: (763) 241-2994
E-mail: recorder@co.sherburne.mn.us
Sherburne County website »

Sibley County

400 Court Avenue
Box 44
Gaylord, Minnesota
55334,
Phone: (507) 237-4080
E-mail: KathyD@co.sibley.mn.us
Sibley County website »

St. Louis County

100 N. 5th Avenue West
P.O. Box 157
Duluth, Minnesota
55801,
Phone: (218) 726-2559
Fmx: (218) 725-5052
E-mail: birthdeathmarriage@co.st-louis.mn.us
St. Louis County website »

Stearns County

705 Courthouse Square
Room 125
Saint Cloud, Minnesota
56303,
 
Phone: (320) 656-3937
alternate phone: (320) 656-3855
Stearns County website »

Steele County

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

Phone: (507) 444-7700
alternate phone: (507) 444-7490
Fmx: (507) 444-7470
E-mail: recorder@co.steele.mn.us
Steele County website »

Stevens County

P.O. Box 530
Morris, Minnesota
56267,
Phone: (320) 208-6565
E-mail: virginiamahoney@co.stevens.mn.us
Stevens County website »

Swift County

301 14th Street N
P.O. Box 246
Benson, Minnesota
56215,
Phone: (320) 843-3377
Fmx: (320) 843-6105
E-mail: recorder@co.swift.mn.us
Swift County website »

Todd County

221 1st Avenue South
Suite 300
Long Prairie, Minnesota
56347,

Phone: (320) 732-4428
E-mail: cheryl.perish@co.todd.mn.us
Todd County website »

Traverse County

702 Second Avenue N
P.O. Box 487
Wheaton, Minnesota
56296,
 
Phone: (320) 563-4622
E-mail: leann.peyton@co.traverse.mn.us
Traverse County website »

Wabasha County

625 Jefferson Ave.
Wabasha, Minnesota
55981,
Phone: (651) 565-3018
Wabasha County website »

Wadena County

P.O. Box 415
Wadena, Minnesota
56482,
Phone: (218) 631-7622
E-mail: soledad.henriksen@co.wadena.mn.us
Wadena County website »

Waseca County

307 N. State St.
Waseca, Minnesota
56093,
 
Phone: (507) 835-0670
alternate phone: (507) 835-0671
Fax: (507) 835-0633
E-mail: linda.karst@co.waseca.mn.us
Waseca County website »

Washington County

1520 West Frontage Road
Stillwater, Minnesota
55082,
Phone: (651) 430-8258
alternate phone: (651) 430-6175
Fmx: (651) 430-7060
Washington County website »

Watonwan County

P.O. Box 518
Saint James, Minnesota
56081,
Phone: (507) 375-1216
alternate phone: (507) 375-2533
Fmx: (507)-375-1215
E-mail: joy.sing@co.watonwan.mn.us
Watonwan County website »

Wilkin County

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

Phone: (218) 643-5112
alternate phone: (218) 643-7164
Fax: (218) 643-7170
E-mail: recorder@co.wilkin.mn.us
Wilkin County website »

Winona County

74 West Third St
Winona, Minnesota
55987,

Phone: (507) 457-6395
alternate phone: (507) 454-9371
Fmx: (507) 457-6340
Winona County website »

Wright County

10 NW Second Street
Room 210
Buffalo, Minnesota
55313,
 
Phone: (763) 682-7509
alternate phone: (763) 682-7357
Wright County website »

Yellow Medicine County

415 9th Ave.
Suite 101
Granite Falls, Minnesota
56241,
 
Phone: (320) 564-2529
Fax: (320) 564-3670
E-mail: kay.zempel@co.yellow-medicine.mn.us
Yellow Medicine County website »