Arkansas Marriage Laws

Arkansas Outline

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

Quick Facts
  • ULC Ordination Accepted: Yes
  • Minister Registration Required: Yes
  • Minister's Residency: Irrelevant
  • Minister's Minimum Age: 18
  • Marriage License Waiting Period: 0 Days
  • Marriage License Valid For: 60 Days
  • Marriage License Return Within: By Expiration

1 How to Become an Ordained Minister in Arkansas

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 Arkansas

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.

Select your county to quickly generate the contact information for your local marriage authority.

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3 License to Marry in Arkansas

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 Arkansas to get an Ordination Package and to add a Letter of Good Standing to her or his order. Minister registration is required in Arkansas and you will be asked to display proof of your ordination to the county clerks before they will accept the marriage as having been legally solemnized. Having this proof of your ordination can also provide a great deal of peace-of-mind to any couple that you intend 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.

4 How to Perform a Wedding in Arkansas

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 Arkansas marriage license from the appropriate office. This license is valid for 60 days, and there is no mandatory waiting period between when the couple receives the marriage license in Arkansas and when the ceremony may be legally performed. 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 Arkansas, 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 Arkansas 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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Arkansas Marriage Code

Marriage in Arkansas is governed by Title 9 of Arkansas' Statutes. Ministers who got ordained online with 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.
9-11-213. Persons who may solemnize marriages.

(a) For the purpose of being registered and perpetuating the evidence thereof, marriage shall be solemnized only by the following persons:

(1) The Governor;

(2) Any former justice of the Supreme Court;

(3) Any judges of the courts of record within this state, including any former judge of a court of record who served at least four (4) years or more;

(4) Any justice of the peace, including any former justice of the peace who served at least two (2) terms since the passage of Arkansas Constitution, Amendment 55;

(5) Any regularly ordained minister or priest of any religious sect or denomination;

(6) The mayor of any city or town;

(7) Any official appointed for that purpose by the quorum court of the county where the marriage is to be solemnized; or

(8) Any elected district court judge and any former municipal or district court judge who served at least four (4) years.

(b) (1) Marriages solemnized through the traditional rite of the Religious Society of Friends, more commonly known as Quakers, are recognized as valid to all intents and purposes the same as marriages otherwise contracted and solemnized in accordance with law.

(2) The functions, duties, and liabilities of a party solemnizing marriage, as set forth in the marriage laws of this state, in the case of marriages solemnized through the traditional marriage rite of the Religious Society of Friends shall be incumbent upon the clerk of the congregation or, in his or her absence, his or her duly designated alternate.

View the Arkansas Statutes on the official state site
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Arkansas County

302 South College
Stuttgart, Arkansas

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Ashley County

205 East Jefferson Street
Hamburg, Arkansas

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Baxter County

1st Floor, Baxter County Courthouse 1 East 7th Street,
Mountain Home, Arkansas

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Benton County

215 East Central, Suite 217
Bentonville, Arkansas

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Boone County

100 N Main, Suite 201
Harrison, Arkansas

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Bradley County

101 East Cedar
Warren, Arkansas

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Calhoun County

309 West Main St
Hampton, Arkansas

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Carroll County

210 West Church Street
Berryville, Arkansas

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Chicot County

108 Main Street
Lake Village, Arkansas

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Clark County

Courthouse Square, 401 Clay St
Arkadelphia, Arkansas

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Clay County

151 S 2nd Ave
Piggott, Arkansas

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Cleburne County

301 W Main St, Room 1
Heber Springs, Arkansas

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Cleveland County

Cleveland County Courthouse
20 Magnolia Street
Rison, Arkansas

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Columbia County

1 Court Square, Suite 1
Magnolia, Arkansas

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Conway County

115 South Moose Street
Morrilton, Arkansas

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Craighead County

511 South Main Street, Room 202
Jonesboro, Arkansas

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Crawford County

300 Main Street, Room 7
Van Buren, Arkansas

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Crittenden County

100 Court Street
Marion, Arkansas

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Cross County

705 East Union, Room 8
Wynne, Arkansas

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Dallas County

206 W 3rd St
Fordyce, Arkansas

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Desha County

608 Robert S Moore Ave.
Arkansas City, Arkansas

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Drew County

210 South Main Street
Monticello, Arkansas

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Faulkner County

801 Locust Street
Conway, Arkansas

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Franklin County

211 W. Commercial Street
Ozark, Arkansas

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Fulton County

123 S. Main
Salem, Arkansas

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Garland County

501 Ouachita Avenue, Room 103
Hot Springs, Arkansas

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Grant County

101 West Center, Room 106
Sheridan, Arkansas

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Greene County

320 West Court Street
Paragould, Arkansas

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Hempstead County

400 South Washington
Hope, Arkansas

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Hot Spring County

210 Locust St.
Malvern, Arkansas

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Howard County

421 North Main Street
Nashville, Arkansas

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Independence County

192 E Main St
Batesville, Arkansas

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Izard County

80 East Main Street
Melbourne, Arkansas

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Jackson County

208 Main St
Newport, Arkansas

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Jefferson County

101 East Barraque St, Suite 101
Pine Bluff, Arkansas

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Johnson County

215 W Main St
Clarksville, Arkansas

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Lafayette County

2 Courthouse Square
Lewisville, Arkansas

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Lawrence County

315 W. Main St, Room 2
Walnut Ridge, Arkansas

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Lee County

15 East Chestnut St.
Marianna, Arkansas

Phone: (870) 295-7715
Fax: (870) 295-7783
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Lincoln County

300 S Drew Street, Room 101
Star City, Arkansas

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Little River County

351 North 2nd Street
Ashdown, Arkansas

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Logan County

366 N Broadway Ave, Room 1
Booneville, Arkansas

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Lonoke County

301 N Center St, Room 202
Lonoke, Arkansas

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Madison County

201 West Main Street
Huntsville, Arkansas

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Marion County

300 E. Old Main St
Yellville, Arkansas

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Miller County

400 Laurel Street Suite 105
Texarkana, Arkansas

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Mississippi County

200 W Walnut St
Blytheville, Arkansas

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Monroe County

123 Madison Street
Clarendon, Arkansas

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Montgomery County

105 Highway 270 W
Mt Ida, Arkansas

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Nevada County

215 E 2nd St S, Room 102
Prescott, Arkansas

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Newton County

100 E Court St
Jasper, Arkansas

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Ouachita County

145 Jefferson St S.W.
Camden, Arkansas

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Perry County

100 Main St
Perryville, Arkansas

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Phillips County

620 Cherry Street, Suite 202
Helena, Arkansas

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Pike County

225 Washington St.
Murfreesboro, Arkansas

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Poinsett County

401 Market St.
Harrisburg, Arkansas

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Polk County

507 Church Street
Mena, Arkansas

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Pope County

100 West Main Street
Russellville, Arkansas

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Prairie County

208 Courthouse Sq
Des Arc, Arkansas

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Pulaski County

401 W Markham St, Ste 100
Little Rock, Arkansas

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Randolph County

107 W Broadway St,
Pocahontas, Arkansas

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Saline County

215 North Main Street, Suite 9
Benton, Arkansas

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Scott County

210 S. Main Street
Waldron, Arkansas

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Searcy County

Courthouse Square
Marshall, Arkansas

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Sebastian County

35 So. 6th, Room 102
Fort Smith, Arkansas

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Sevier County

115 N 3rd St, Room 102
De Queen, Arkansas

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Sharp County

718 Ash Flat Drive
Ash Flat, Arkansas

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St. Francis County

313 S. Izard, Room 2
Forrest City, Arkansas

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Stone County

107 West Main Suite 100
Mountain View, Arkansas

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Union County

101 N. Washington Ste 102
El Dorado, Arkansas

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Van Buren County

273 Main St Room 2
Clinton, Arkansas

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Washington County

280 N. College, Suite 300
Fayetteville, Arkansas

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White County

300 North Spruce
Searcy, Arkansas

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Woodruff County

500 N 3rd St
Augusta, Arkansas

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Yell County

108 Union St
Dardanelle, Arkansas

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