Marriage Laws By State

Wedding laws in the United States vary from state-to-state and from county-to-county. The Universal Life Church has assembled the Internet’s most comprehensive database of these various state marriage laws. Do you plan on getting married or performing a wedding ceremony?

Using the map below, please click on the state where the ceremony will be taking place for a more detailed explanation of each state's wedding laws and a comprehensive tutorial to performing wedding ceremonies in that state.

Get County specific Information

You can also get information specific county marriage law information here:

How to Become an Ordained Minister

The specific requirements for wedding ministers, like the documents necessary to perform a marriage, also vary from one location to another. The first step in the process is to ensure that you have become a minister by getting ordained online with a valid religious organization like the Universal Life Church Monastery. Legal online ordinations from the Universal Life Church are accepted in almost every area of the United States, the only exceptions being Virginia and some parts of Pennsylvania.

Ordained Minister License

After becoming ordained, you should check the marriage laws of the state you'll be performing a wedding in and contact the office of the local marriage authority (usually the county clerk) to confirm what you need. Then, purchase the required minister certificate or ordained minister license to perform the wedding. Additionally, the Universal Life Church offers minister training to help new ministers prepare for weddings and other ceremonies.

International Marriage Laws

Ministers ordained online by the Universal Life Church have also found success in some international areas. You can view detailed explanations of international marriage laws for select countries below.