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
Get County specific Information
You can also get information specific county marriage law information here:
Additional county information is unavailable at this time.
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
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