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

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: By Expiration

1 How to Become an Ordained Minister in Washington

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 Washington

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 Washington

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 Washington to get an Ordination Package. While minister registration is not required in the state of Washington, you may be asked to present proof of your ordination before your county clerk will accept any marriage you perform as having been legally solemnized; additionally, having that proof of ordination can provide a great deal of peace-of-mind for the couple you plan to marry. 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.

Side note: Seattle, Washington is the home for the nationwide headquarters of the Universal Life Church. We're so exciting to learn that you are planning to perform a wedding or get married in our backyard. We would invite you to submit photos of any event that you attend or participate in to our online wedding gallery.

4 How to Perform a Wedding in Washington

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 Washington marriage license from the appropriate office. This license is valid for 60 days, but there is a mandatory 3-day waiting period between when the couple picks up the marriage license in Washington and when the ceremony may legally be conducted. Please be aware that the signed license must be returned to the issuing office by its date of expiry. At the Universal Life Church we receive several calls from wedding officiants in Washington, 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 Washington 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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Washington Marriage Code

Marriage in Washington is governed by Chapter 4 of Title 26 of the Revised Code of Washington. Ordained ministers of the Universal Life Church have successfully solemnized thousands of weddings in the state. Below, you will find that we have reproduced a relevant excerpt of this code.
The following named officers and persons, active or retired, are hereby authorized to solemnize marriages, to wit: Justices of the supreme court, judges of the court of appeals, judges of the superior courts, supreme court commissioners, court of appeals commissioners, superior court commissioners, any regularly licensed or ordained minister or any priest, imam, rabbi, or similar official of any religious organization, and judges of courts of limited jurisdiction as defined in RCW 3.02.010.

[2012 c 3 § 4 (Referendum Measure No. 74, approved November 6, 2012); 2007 c 29 § 1; 1987 c 291 § 1; 1984 c 258 § 95; 1983 c 186 § 1; 1971 c 81 § 69; 1913 c 35 § 1; 1890 p 98 § 1; 1883 p 43 § 1; Code 1881 § 2382; 1866 p 82 § 4; 1854 p 404 § 4; RRS § 8441.]

View the Washington Statutes on the official state site
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Adams County

210 W Broadway Ave
PO Box 187
Ritzville, Washington
99169

Phone: (509) 659-3257
Fax: (509) 659-0118
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Asotin County

135 2nd St
PO Box 159
Asotin, Washington
99402

Phone: (509) 243-2081
Fax: (509) 243-4978
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Benton County

7122 W Okanogan Pl
Bldg A
Kennewick, Washington
99336

Phone: (509) 735-8388
Fax: (509) 783-1058
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Chelan County

350 Orondo Ave
PO Box 3025
Wenatchee, Washington
98807

Phone: (509) 667-6380
Fax: (509) 667-6611
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Clallam County

223 E 4th St
Port Angeles, Washington
98362

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Clark County

1200 Franklin St
PO Box 5000
Vancouver, Washington
98666

Phone: (360) 397-2292
Fax: (360) 397-6099
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Columbia County

341 E Main St
Dayton, Washington
99328

Phone: (509) 382-4321
Fax: (509) 382-4830
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Cowlitz County

312 SW 1st Ave
Kelso, Washington
98626

Phone: (360) 577-3016
Fax: (360) 577-2323
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Douglas County

203 S Rainier
PO Box 516
Waterville, Washington
98858

Phone: (509) 745-8529
Fax: (509) 745-8027
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Ferry County

350 E Delaware Ave
Republic, Washington
99166

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Franklin County

1016 N 4th Ave
Pasco, Washington
99301

Phone: (509) 545-3525
Fax: (509) 545-2243
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Garfield County

789 Main St
PO Box 915
Pomeroy, Washington
99347

Phone: (509) 842-3731
Fax: (509) 843-1224
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Grant County

35 C St NW
PO Box 37
Ephrata, Washington
98823

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Grays Harbor County

102 W Broadway Ave
Montesano, Washington
98563

Phone: (360) 249-3842
Fax: (360) 249-6381
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Island County

101 NE 6th, Fl 1
PO Box 5000
Coupeville, Washington
98239

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Jefferson County

1820 Jefferson St
PO Box 1220
Port Townsend, Washington
98368

Phone: (360) 385-9125
Fax: (360) 385-5672
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King County

516 3rd Ave
Seattle, Washington
98104

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Kitsap County

614 Division St
MS 34
Port Orchard, Washington
98366

Phone: (360) 337-7164
Fax: (360) 337-4927
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Kittitas County

205 W 5th Ave
Ellensburg, Washington
98926

Phone: (509) 962-7531
Fax: (509) 962-7667
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Klickitat County

205 S Columbus Ave
MS CH-3
Goldengale, Washington
98620

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Lewis County

345 W Main, MS: Clk01
Fl 2, Law & Justice Bldg
Chehalis, Washington
98532

Phone: (360) 740-2704
Fax: (360) 748-1639
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Lincoln County

450 Logan St
PO Box 68
Davenport, Washington
99122

Phone: (509) 725-1401
Fax: (509) 725-1150
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Mason County

419 N 4th St, Fl 2
PO Box 340
Shelton, Washington
98584

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Okanogan County

149 3rd N
PO Box 72
Okanogan, Washington
98840

Phone: (509) 422-7275
Fax: (509) 422-7277
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Pacific County

300 Memorial Dr
PO Box 67
South Bend, Washington
98586

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Pend Oreille County

229 S Garden Ave
PO Box 5020
Newport, Washington
99156

Phone: (509) 447-2435
Fax: (509) 447-2734
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Pierce County

930 Tacoma Ave S
Tacoma, Washington
98402

Phone: (253) 798-7455
Fax: (253) 798-3428
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San Juan County

350 Court St
Friday Harbor, Washington
98250

Phone: (360) 378-2163
Fax: (360) 378-3967
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Skagit County

205 W Kincaid St
Mount Vernon, Washington
98273

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Skamania County

240 Vancouver Ave
PO Box 790
Stevenson, Washington
98648

Phone: (509) 427-3770
Fax: (509) 427-3777
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Snohomish County

3000 Rockefeller Ave
Fl 2, MS 605
Everett, Washington
98201

Phone: (425) 388-3466
Fax: (425) 388-3806
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Spokane County

1116 W Broadway Ave
Spokane, Washington
99260

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Stevens County

215 S Oak St
Colville, Washington
99114

Phone: (509) 684-7575
Fax: (509) 684-7574
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Thurston County

2000 Lakeridge Drive SW
Olympia, Washington
98502

Phone: (360) 786-5430
Fax: (360) 753-4033
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Wahkiakum County

64 Main St
PO Box 116
Cathlamet, Washington
98612

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Walla Walla County

315 W Main St
PO Box 836
Walla Walla, Washington
99362

Phone: (509) 524-2780
Fax: (509) 524-2779
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Whatcom County

311 Grand Ave
Bellingham, Washington
98225

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Whitman County

400 N Main St
PO Box 390
Colfax, Washington
99111

Phone: (509) 397-6240
Fax: (509) 397-3546
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Yakima County

128 N 2nd St
Yakima, Washington
98901

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