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

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: 60 Days
  • Marriage License Return Within: 10 Days

1 How to Become an Ordained Minister in Oregon

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 Oregon

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 Oregon

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 Oregon to get an Ordination Package. While minister registration is not required in the state of Oregon, you may be asked by the county clerk to present proof of ordination before the marriage will be accepted 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.

Please note that the State of Oregon requires that at least two witnesses over the age of 18 be present at the wedding ceremony, apart from the officiant.

4 How to Perform a Wedding in Oregon

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 Oregon marriage license from the appropriate office. This license will expire 60 days after it is issued, and there is a mandatory 3-day waiting period between when the couple picks up the marriage license in Oregon and when the ceremony may legally be conducted. The signed license must be returned to the issuing office within 10 days of the ceremony. At the Universal Life Church we receive several calls from wedding officiants in Oregon, 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 Oregon 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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Oregon Marriage Code

Marriage laws in Oregon are primarily directed by Chapter 106 of Title 11 of Oregon's revised statutes, which defines the persons authorized to perform a marriage in the State of Oregon. This includes ordained ministers of the Universal Life Church, among other individuals. We've reproduced a portion of this code below.
106.120 Who may solemnize marriage; fee; personal payment; records. (1) As used in this section, "judicial officer" means:

(a) A judicial officer of this state as that term is defined in ORS 1.210 and includes but is not limited to a judge of a municipal court and a justice of the peace.

(b) An active judge of a federal court.

(c) An active United States magistrate judge.

(2) Marriages may be solemnized by:

(a) A judicial officer;

(b) A county clerk;

(c) Religious congregations or organizations as indicated in ORS 106.150 (2); or

(d) A clergyperson of any religious congregation or organization who is authorized by the congregation or organization to solemnize marriages.

(3) A person authorized to solemnize marriages under subsection (2) of this section may solemnize a marriage anywhere in this state.

(4)(a) When a marriage is solemnized by a tax, appellate or circuit judge of this state, the clerk of the court or the county clerk shall collect a fee of $100 and deposit the fee in the Judicial Department Operating Account established in ORS 1.009.

(b) When a marriage is solemnized by a county clerk, the county clerk shall collect a fee of $100, as provided in ORS 205.320.

(c) The fee described in this subsection may be collected only if:

(A) The marriage is solemnized during normal working hours, excluding holidays;

(B) The marriage is solemnized in court facilities or a county clerk's office; or

(C) More than a minimal amount of staff time or other court or county clerk's office resources are used in connection with the solemnization.

(d) The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court or the county clerk may establish a written procedure for waiver of the fee required under this subsection in exigent circumstances, including but not limited to indigency of the parties to the marriage.

(5) In addition to any fee collected under subsection (4) of this section, a judicial officer of this state and a county clerk may charge and accept an agreed upon personal payment not to exceed $100 plus actual costs for the solemnization of a marriage if that solemnization is performed:

(a) At a place other than the courthouse where the judicial officer or county clerk serves; or

(b) Outside of the judicial officer's or county clerk's normal working hours.

(6) The charging and accepting of a personal payment by a judicial officer of this state or a county clerk under subsection (5) of this section does not constitute a violation of any of the provisions of ORS chapter 244.

(7) The amount of actual costs charged by a judicial officer of this state or a county clerk under subsection (5) of this section may not exceed:

(a) Actual expenses for food and lodging as verified by receipts.

(b) If travel is made by personal vehicle, the actual number of round-trip miles from the judicial officer's or county clerk's home or office, whichever is greater, compensated at the rate of reimbursement then provided by the State of Oregon to its employees or, if travel is made by a commercial
carrier, reimbursement shall be made of the actual costs thereof, verified by receipts.

(8) A judicial officer of this state or a county clerk shall maintain records of the amount of personal payments received for performing marriages, of actual costs and the supporting documentation related thereto for a period of four years.

(9) The parties to a marriage solemnized by a tax, appellate or circuit judge of this state shall show to the judge proof of payment of the fee required under subsection (4)(a) of this section before solemnization. Except as provided in subsection (4)(d) of this section, the judge may not solemnize a marriage without proof of payment of the fee. [Amended by 1971 c.621 §22; 1975 c.607 §22; 1977 c.518 §2; 1979 c.724 §3; 1979 c.833 §24; 1981 c.176 §1; 1991 c.282 §1; 1991 c.458 §1; 1997 c.424 §1; 1999 c.776 §1; 2001 c.501 §1; 2003 c.565 §1; 2003 c.737 §111; 2011 c.595 §89; 2013 c.685 §§42,42a]

Note: The amendments to 106.120 by section 42a, chapter 685, Oregon Laws 2013, become operative July 1, 2014, and apply to marriages solemnized on or after July 1, 2014. See section 43a, chapter 685, Oregon Laws 2013. The text that is operative until July 1, 2014, including amendments by section 42, chapter 685, Oregon Laws 2013, is set forth for the user's convenience.
106.120. (1) As used in this section, "judicial officer" means:

(a) A judicial officer of this state as that term is defined in ORS 1.210 and includes but is not limited to a judge of a municipal court and a justice of the peace.

(b) An active judge of a federal court.

(c) An active United States magistrate judge.

(2) Marriages may be solemnized by:

(a) A judicial officer;

(b) A county clerk;

(c) Religious congregations or organizations as indicated in ORS 106.150 (2); or

(d) A clergyperson of any religious congregation or organization who is authorized by the congregation or organization to solemnize marriages.

(3) A person authorized to solemnize marriages under subsection (2) of this section may solemnize a marriage anywhere in this state.

(4)(a) When a marriage is solemnized by a tax, appellate or circuit judge of this state, the clerk of the court or the county clerk shall collect a fee of $105 and deposit the fee in the Judicial Department Operating Account established in ORS 1.009.

(b) When a marriage is solemnized by a county clerk, the county clerk shall collect a fee of $105, as provided in ORS 205.320.

(c) The fee described in this subsection may be collected only if:

(A) The marriage is solemnized during normal working hours, excluding holidays;

(B) The marriage is solemnized in court facilities or a county clerk's office; or

(C) More than a minimal amount of staff time or other court or county clerk's office resources are used in connection with the solemnization.

(d) The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court or the county clerk may establish a written procedure for waiver of the fee required under this subsection in exigent circumstances, including but not limited to indigency of the parties to the marriage.

(5) In addition to any fee collected under subsection (4) of this section, a judicial officer of this state and a county clerk may charge and accept an agreed upon personal payment not to exceed $100 plus actual costs for the solemnization of a marriage if that solemnization is performed:

(a) At a place other than the courthouse where the judicial officer or county clerk serves; or

(b) Outside of the judicial officer's or county clerk's normal working hours.

(6) The charging and accepting of a personal payment by a judicial officer of this state or a county clerk under subsection (5) of this section does not constitute a violation of any of the provisions of ORS chapter 244.

(7) The amount of actual costs charged by a judicial officer of this state or a county clerk under subsection (5) of this section may not exceed:

(a) Actual expenses for food and lodging as verified by receipts.

(b) If travel is made by personal vehicle, the actual number of round-trip miles from the judicial officer's or county clerk's home or office, whichever is greater, compensated at the rate of reimbursement then provided by the State of Oregon to its employees or, if travel is made by a commercial
carrier, reimbursement shall be made of the actual costs thereof, verified by receipts.

(8) A judicial officer of this state or a county clerk shall maintain records of the amount of personal payments received for performing marriages, of actual costs and the supporting documentation related thereto for a period of four years.

(9) The parties to a marriage solemnized by a tax, appellate or circuit judge of this state shall show to the judge proof of payment of the fee required under subsection (4)(a) of this section before solemnization. Except as provided in subsection (4)(d) of this section, the judge may not solemnize a marriage without proof of payment of the fee.

Note: Section 43, chapter 685, Oregon Laws 2013, provides:
Sec. 43.:RF8 The amendments to ORS 106.120 by section 42 of this 2013 Act apply to marriages solemnized on or after October 1, 2013. [2013 c.685 §43]

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Baker County

1995 3rd St.
Baker City, Oregon
97814

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Benton County

120 NW 4th St.
Corvallis, Oregon
97330

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Clackamas County

1710 Red Soils Court
Oregon City, Oregon
97045

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Clatsop County

820 Exchange St.
Astoria, Oregon
97103

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Columbia County

230 Strand St.
St. Helens, Oregon
97051

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Coos County

250 N. Baxter
Coquille, Oregon
97423

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Crook County

300 NE Third
Prineville, Oregon
97754

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Curry County

PO Box 746
Gold Beach, Oregon
97444

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Deschutes County

1300 NW Wall St.
Bend, Oregon
97701

Phone: (541) 388-6546
Fax: (541) 383-4424
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Douglas County

PO Box 10
Roseburg, Oregon
97470

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Gilliam County

PO Box 427
Condon, Oregon
97823

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Grant County

201 S. Humbolt
Canyon City, Oregon
97820

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Harney County

450 N. Buena Vista
Burns, Oregon
97720

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Hood River County

601 State St.
Hood River, Oregon
97031

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Jackson County

1101 W. Main St.
Medford, Oregon
97501

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Jefferson County

66 SE 'D' St.
Madras, Oregon
97741

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Josephine County

PO Box 69
Grants Pass, Oregon
97528

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Klamath County

305 Main St.
Klamath Falls, Oregon
97601

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Lake County

513 Center St.
Lakeview, Oregon
97630

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Lane County

275 W 10th Ave
Eugene, Oregon
97401

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Lincoln County

225 W. Olive St.
Newport, Oregon
97365

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Linn County

300 4th Ave. SW
Albany, Oregon
97321

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Malheur County

251 'B' St. W.
Vale, Oregon
97918

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Marion County

4263 Commercial St. SE
Salem, Oregon
97302

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Morrow County

PO Box 338
Heppner, Oregon
97836

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Multnomah County

1040 SE Morrison St.
Portland, Oregon
97214

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Polk County

850 Main St.
Dallas, Oregon
97338

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Sherman County

PO Box 365
Moro, Oregon
97039

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Tillamook County

201 Laurel Ave.
Tillamook, Oregon
97141

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Umatilla County

PO Box 1227
Pendleton, Oregon
97801

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Union County

1001 4th St.
LaGrande, Oregon
97850

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Wallowa County

101 S. River St.
Enterprise, Oregon
97828

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Wasco County

511 Washington St.
The Dalles, Oregon
97058

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Washington County

3700 SW Murray Blvd.
Beaverton, Oregon
97005

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Wheeler County

PO Box 327
Fossil, Oregon
97830

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Yamhill County

414 NE Evans St.
McMinnville, Oregon
97128

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