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

Quick Facts
  • ULC Ordination Accepted: Yes
  • Minister Registration Required: Sometimes
  • Minister's Residency: Irrelevant
  • Minister's Minimum Age: 18
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  • Marriage License Waiting Period: 0 Days
  • Marriage License Valid For: 60 Days
  • Marriage License Return Within: 5 Days

1 How to Become an Ordained Minister in North Dakota

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 North Dakota

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 North Dakota

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 North Dakota to get an Ordination Package. Although minister registration is not required in North Dakota we have been informed by ULC ministers in the area that county clerks will frequently ask to see proof of ordination before they will accept a marriage as having been legally solemnized. 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.

The state of North Carolina does not set forth extremely rigid guidelines for how a marriage ceremony must be performed. Rather, it simply establishes that at some point during the ceremony either the couple must acknowledge that they are freely accepting one another as husband and wife in a serious manner and this must happen in the presence of one of the authority figures established above who is authorized by the state to conduct the marriage.

4 How to Perform a Wedding in North Dakota

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 North Dakota marriage license from the appropriate office. This license will expire 60 days after it is issued, and there is a no mandatory waiting period between when the couple picks up the marriage license in North Dakota and when the ceremony may legally be conducted. The signed license must be returned to the issuing office within 5 days of the ceremony. At the Universal Life Church we receive several calls from wedding officiants in North Dakota, 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 North Dakota 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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North Dakota Marriage Code

Marriage laws in North Dakota are primarily directed by Section 3 of Chapter 14 of North Dakota's century code, which defines the persons authorized to perform a marriage in the State of North Dakota. This includes ordained ministers of the Universal Life church, among other individuals. We've reproduced a portion of this code below.
14-03-09. Who may solemnize marriages.
Marriages may be solemnized at any location within the state by:

1. All judges of courts of record;

2. Municipal judges;

3. Recorders, unless the board of county commissioners designates a different official;

4. Ordained ministers of the gospel, priests, and clergy, authorized by recognized denominations; and

5. By any individual authorized by the rituals and practices of any religious persuasion.

14-03-10. Marriage may not be solemnized without license.

A person may not solemnize any marriage until the parties to the marriage produce a license regularly issued not more than sixty days before the date of the marriage by:

1. A recorder serving the county in which either of the contracting parties resides or is temporarily domiciled, unless the board of county commissioners designates a different official;

2. A recorder serving the county in which a parent of either of the parties resides or is temporarily domiciled, unless the board of county commissioners designates a different official; or

3. A recorder serving the county in which the marriage is to be solemnized, unless the board of county commissioners designates a different official. For the purpose of obtaining a marriage license, a member of the armed forces of the United States stationed within the state of North Dakota is deemed to reside in the county in which that person is stationed.

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Adams County

P.O. Box 469
Hettinger, North Dakota
58639

Phone: (701) 567-2460
Fax: (701) 567-2910
Adams County website »

Barnes County

230 4th St. NW
P.O. Box 774
Valley City, North Dakota
58072

Phone: (701) 845-8506
Fax: (701) 845-1341
Barnes County website »

Benson County

P.O. Box 193
Minnewaukan, North Dakota
58351

Phone: (701) 473-5332
Fax: (701) 473-5571
Benson County website »

Billings County

P.O. Box 138
Medora, North Dakota
58645

Phone: (701) 623-4492
Fax: (701) 623-4896
Billings County website »

Bottineau County

314 W. 5th St.
Bottineau, North Dakota
58318

Phone: (701) 228-2786
Fax: (701) 228-2336
Bottineau County website »

Bowman County

104 1st St.
Bowman, North Dakota
58623

Phone: (701) 523-3450
Fax: (701) 523-5443
Bowman County website »

Burke County

P.O. Box 219
Bowbells, North Dakota
58721

Phone: (701) 377-2718
Fax: (701) 377-2020
Burke County website »

Burleigh County

221 N. 5th St.
P.O. Box 5518
Bismarck, North Dakota
58502

Phone: (701) 222-6749
Fax: (701) 222-6689
Burleigh County website »

Cass County

11 S. 9th St.
P.O. Box 2806
Fargo, North Dakota
58108

Phone: (701) 241-5620
Fax: (701) 451-6939
Cass County website »

Cavalier County

901 3rd St.
Langdon, North Dakota
58249

Phone: (701) 256-2136
Fax: (701) 256-2124
Cavalier County website »

Dickey County

P.O. Box 148
Ellendale, North Dakota
58436

Phone: (701) 349-3029
Fax: (701) 349-3560
Dickey County website »

Divide County

P.O. Box 68
Crosby, North Dakota
58730

Phone: (701) 965-6661
Fax: (701) 965-6943
Divide County website »

Dunn County

P.O. Box 106
Manning, North Dakota
58642

Phone: (701) 573-4443
Fax: (701) 573-4444
Dunn County website »

Eddy County

524 Central Ave.
New Rockford, North Dakota
58356

Phone: (701) 947-2816
Fax: (701) 947-2067
Eddy County website »

Emmons County

P.O. Box 905
Linton, North Dakota
58552

Phone: (701) 254-4812
Fax: (701) 254-4012
Emmons County website »

Foster County

P.O. Box 76
Carrington, North Dakota
58421

Phone: (701) 652-1001
Fax: (701) 652-2173
Foster County website »

Golden Valley County

P.O. Box 130
Beach, North Dakota
58621

Phone: (701) 872-3713
Fax: (701) 872-4383
Golden Valley County website »

Grand Forks County

P.O. Box 5066
Grand Forks, North Dakota
58206

Phone: (701) 780-8261
Fax: (701) 787-2716
Grand Forks County website »

Grant County

P.O. Box 258
Carson, North Dakota
58529

Phone: (701) 622-3544
Fax: (701) 622-3717
Grant County website »

Griggs County

P.O. Box 237
Cooperstown, North Dakota
58425

Phone: (701) 797-2771
Fax: (701) 797-3587
Griggs County website »

Hettinger County

336 Pacific Ave.
P.O. Box 157
Mott, North Dakota
58646

Phone: (701) 824-2645
Fax: (701) 824-2717
Hettinger County website »

Kidder County

P.O. Box 66
Steele, North Dakota
58482

Phone: (701) 475-2663
Fax: (701) 475-2202
Kidder County website »

LaMoure County

P.O. Box 128
LaMoure, North Dakota
58458

Phone: (701) 883-5301
Fax: (701) 883-4240
LaMoure County website »

Logan County

P.O. Box 6
Napoleon, North Dakota
58561

Phone: (701) 754-2751
Fax: (701) 754-2270
Logan County website »

McHenry County

407 Main St S
Towner, North Dakota
58788

Phone: (701) 537-5634
Fax: (701) 537-5969
McHenry County website »

McIntosh County

P.O. Box 179
Ashley, North Dakota
58413

Phone: (701) 288-3589
Fax: (701) 288-3671
McIntosh County website »

McKenzie County

P.O. Box 523
Watford City, North Dakota
58854

Phone: (701) 444-3453
Fax: (701) 842-3916
McKenzie County website »

McLean County

P.O. Box 1108
Washburn, North Dakota
58577

Phone: (701) 462-8541
Fax: (701) 462-3633
McLean County website »

Mercer County

P.O. Box 39
Stanton, North Dakota
58571

Phone: (701) 745-3272
Fax: (701) 745-3710
Mercer County website »

Morton County

210 2nd Ave. NW
Mandan, North Dakota
58554

Phone: (701) 667-3305
Fax: (701) 667-3453
Morton County website »

Mountrail County

P.O. Box 69
Stanley, North Dakota
58784

Phone: (701) 628-2945
Fax: (701) 628-2276
Mountrail County website »

Nelson County

210 B Ave W
Lakota, North Dakota
58344

Phone: (701) 247-2433
Fax: (701) 247-2412
Nelson County website »

Oliver County

P.O. Box 125
Center, North Dakota
58530

Phone: (701) 794-8777
Fax: (701) 794-3476
Oliver County website »

Pembina County

301 Dakota St. W
Cavalier, North Dakota
58220

Phone: (701) 265-4373
Fax: (701) 265-4876
Pembina County website »

Pierce County

240 2nd St. SE
Rugby, North Dakota
58368

Phone: (701) 776-5206
Fax: (701) 776-5707
Pierce County website »

Ramsey County

524 4th Ave.
Devils Lake, North Dakota
58301

Phone: (701) 662-7018
Fax: (701) 662-7093
Ramsey County website »

Ransom County

P.O. Box 666
Lisbon, North Dakota
58054

Phone: (701) 683-5823
Fax: (701) 683-5827
Ransom County website »

Renville County

P.O. Box 68
Mohall, North Dakota
58761

Phone: (701) 756-6398
Fax: (701) 756-6398
Renville County website »

Richland County

418 2nd Ave. N.
Wahpeton, North Dakota
58075

Phone: (701) 642-7800
Fax: (701) 642-7701
Richland County website »

Rolette County

P.O. Box 276
Rolla, North Dakota
58367

Phone: (701) 477-3166
Fax: (701) 477-5770
Rolette County website »

Sargent County

355 Main Street South
Forman, North Dakota
58032

Phone: (701) 724-6241
Fax: (701) 724-6244
Sargent County website »

Sheridan County

P.O. Box 409
McClusky, North Dakota
58463

Phone: (701) 363-2207
Fax: (701) 363-2953
Sheridan County website »

Sioux County

P.O. Box L
Fort Yates, North Dakota
58538

Phone: (701) 854-3853
Fax: (701) 854-3854
Sioux County website »

Slope County

P.O. Box JJ
Amidon, North Dakota
58620

Phone: (701) 879-6275
Fax: (701) 879-6278
Slope County website »

Stark County

51 3rd St. E.
Dickinson, North Dakota
58601

Phone: (701) 456-7645
Fax: (701) 456-7628
Stark County website »

Steele County

P.O. Box 296
Finley, North Dakota
58230

Phone: (701) 524-2152
Fax: (701) 524-1325
Steele County website »

Stutsman County

511 2nd Ave. SE
Jamestown, North Dakota
58401

Phone: (701) 252-9034
Fax: (701) 251-1603
Stutsman County website »

Towner County

P.O. Box 517
Cando, North Dakota
58324

Phone: (701) 968-4343
Fax: (701) 968-4344
Towner County website »

Traill County

P.O. Box 399
Hillsboro, North Dakota
58045

Phone: (701) 636-4457
Fax: (701) 636-4457
Traill County website »

Walsh County

600 Cooper Ave.
Grafton, North Dakota
58237

Phone: (701) 352-2380
Fax: (701) 352-3340
Walsh County website »

Ward County

315 SE 3rd St.
P.O. Box 5005
Minot , North Dakota
58702

Phone: (701) 857-6410
Fax: (701) 857-6414
Ward County website »

Wells County

P.O. Box 125
Fessenden, North Dakota
58438

Phone: (701) 547-3141
Fax: (701) 547-3719
Wells County website »

Williams County

205 E. Broadway
P.O. Box 2047
Williston, North Dakota
58802

Phone: (701) 577-4540
Fax: (701) 577-4535
Williams County website »