Have you been asked to perform a wedding in Clark County? If you're planning to officiate a marriage ceremony, congratulations! Presiding over a wedding is a serious honor. That said, it's not one that comes without some considerable responsibility. With this in mind, we'll delve into the process in detail to make sure you’re up to speed on everything you need to know. Below, we’ll cover how to get in touch with the relevant officials before the ceremony, how to prepare for the wedding ceremony itself, and how to ensure the union is legally recognized in Clark County.
1 How to Get Ordained as a Minister in Clark County
Your first step will be to get ordained as a ULC minister (if you haven’t already). Ordination with the ULC is available online, free of charge, and provides the authority to perform legal wedding ceremonies! The process is simple and requires just a couple minutes to complete. To get started, click the button below!
Key Info for Ministers in Clark County
- ULC Ordination Accepted:
- Minister Registration Required:
- Documents Required:
- Minister's Residency:
- Minister's Minimum Age:
2 How to Officiate a Wedding in Clark County
With your ordination officially registered, you'll next need to get in touch with the authority in charge of marriages in your area. Please refer to the next section to find contact information for the office in Clark County.
When reaching out, politely explain that you’re an ordained minister wanting to know what types of documentation you will need to show them in order to perform a wedding in their district.
- Office Address:
1200 Franklin St.
Vancouver, WA 98660
- Office Phone Number:
- (360) 397-2243
- Office Website:
- Clark County Office Website
3 What You'll Need to Officiate in Clark County
With that information in hand, you can head over to our online catalog to order any documents or supplies required to officiate in your area. For Clark County, we typically advise ministers pick up an Ordination Package, but what you end up ordering will ultimately depend on the guidance you receive from local officials.
4 How Clark County Marriage Licenses Work
With all of that taken care of, it's time to focus on the fun part: the wedding! If this will be your first time stepping up to the altar (or even if you have some officiant experience under your belt) be sure to visit our wedding training center for some helpful tips and tools.
After the ceremony is over, your final key task it to ensure the marriage license gets filled out correctly and returned to the issuing office. In Clark County, a marriage license is valid for 60 days, there is a mandatory 3-day waiting period, and the completed license must be returned before its listed expiration date. To read more about how to fill out the license, please visit our marriage license training guide.
- Marriage License Waiting Period:
- 3 Days
- Marriage License Valid For:
- 60 Days
- Return Within:
- 30 Days
5 What to Know About Clark County Weddings
Situated just across the Columbia River from Portland, Clark County is a very popular wedding destination for couples wanting to marry in Washington. Plus, being so close to Portland and Vancouver, WA, couples can enjoy the perks of a major city and access to a wide range of vendors for their special day, while still having the option to pick a venue that's a bit out of the fray (if that's what they want!).