Idaho Outline

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

Quick Facts
  • ULC Ordination Accepted: Yes
  • Minister Registration Required: Sometimes
  • Minister's Residency: Irrelevant
  • Minister's Minimum Age: 18
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  • Marriage License Waiting Period: 0 Days
  • Marriage License Valid For: 1 Year
  • Marriage License Return Within: 30 Days

1 How to Become an Ordained Minister in Idaho

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 Idaho

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 Idaho

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 Idaho to get an Ordination Package and to add a Letter of Good Standing to their order. While Minister registration is not technically required in Idaho you it has been reported to us by ULC Ministers in the state that they are often required to present proof of their ordination to the county clerk before the marriages they perform will be accepted as having been legally solemnized. Having this proof of your ordination will also provide 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 Idaho

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 Idaho marriage license from the appropriate office. This license is valid for 1 year, and there is no mandatory waiting period between when the couple receives the marriage license in Idaho and when the ceremony may be legally performed. Please be aware that the signed license must be returned to the issuing office within 30 days of the wedding ceremony. At the Universal Life Church we receive several calls from wedding officiants in Idaho, 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 Idaho 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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Idaho Marriage Code

Marriage in Idaho is governed by Title 32 of the Idaho 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.
32-303. BY WHOM SOLEMNIZED. Marriage may be solemnized by any of the following Idaho officials: a current or retired justice of the supreme court, a current or retired court of appeals judge, a current or retired district judge, the current or a former governor, the current lieutenant governor, a current or retired magistrate of the district court, a current mayor or by any of the following: a current federal judge, a current tribal judge of an Idaho Indian tribe or other tribal official approved by an official act of an Idaho Indian tribe or priest or minister of the gospel of any denomination. To be a retired justice of the supreme court, court of appeals judge, district judge or magistrate judge of the district court, for the purpose of solemnizing marriages, a person shall have served in one (1) of those offices and shall be receiving a retirement benefit from either the judges retirement system or the public employee retirement system for service in the Idaho judiciary.

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Ada County

200 W. Front Street
Boise, Idaho

Ada County website »

Adams County

201 Industrial Ave.
Council, Idaho

Phone: (208) 253-4561
Fax: (208) 253-4880
Adams County website »

Bannock County

624 East Center
Pocatello, Idaho

Bannock County website »

Bear Lake County

7 E. Center, P.O. Box 190
Paris, Idaho

Phone: (208) 945-2212
Fax: (208) 945-2248
Bear Lake County website »

Benewah County

701 W College Ave.
St. Maries, Idaho

Phone: (208) 245-3212
Fax: (208) 245-9152
Benewah County website »

Bingham County

501 N. Maple #205
Blackfoot, Idaho

Phone: (208) 782-3157
Fax: (208) 785-4131
Bingham County website »

Blaine County

206 1st Avenue South
Hailey, Idaho

Blaine County website »

Boise County

420 Main Street
Idaho City, Idaho

Phone: (208) 392-4431
Fax: (208) 392-4473
Boise County website »

Bonner County

1500 Hwy 2, Suite 335
Sandpoint, Idaho

Bonner County website »

Bonneville County

605 N. Capital
Idaho Falls, Idaho

Phone: (208) 529-1350
Fax: (208) 529-1311
Bonneville County website »

Boundary County

PO Box 419
Bonners Ferry, Idaho

Phone: (208) 267-2242
Fax: (208) 267-7814
Boundary County website »

Butte County

155 Nelson Ave.
Oroville, Idaho

Butte County website »

Camas County

501 Soldier Road
Fairfield, Idaho

Phone: (208) 764-2242
Fax: (208) 764-2349
Camas County website »

Canyon County

111 N 11th Ave SUITE 330
Caldwell, Idaho

Phone: (208) 454-7555
Fax: (208) 454-6689
Canyon County website »

Caribou County

159 South Main
Soda Springs, Idaho

Phone: (208) 547-4324
Fax: (208) 547-4759
Caribou County website »

Cassia County

1459 Overland Ave # 101
Burley, Idaho

Phone: (208) 878-0180
Fax: (208) 878-5231
Cassia County website »

Clark County

224 W Main
Dubois, Idaho

Phone: (208) 374-5304
Fax: (208) 374-5609
Clark County website »

Clearwater County

150 Michigan Ave
Orofino, Idaho

Phone: (208) 476-5615
Fax: (208) 476-9315
Clearwater County website »

Custer County

801 E. Main Ave.
Challis, Idaho

Phone: (208) 879-2360
Fax: (208) 879-5246
Custer County website »

Elmore County

150 South 4th East Street
Mountain Home, Idaho

Elmore County website »

Franklin County

39 W Oneida St.
Preston, Idaho

Phone: (208) 852-1090
Fax: (208) 852-2926
Franklin County website »

Fremont County

151 West 1st North
St. Anthony, Idaho

Phone: (208) 624-7332
Fax: (208) 624-7335
Fremont County website »

Gem County

Gem County Courthouse, Room 202
Emmett, Idaho

Phone: (208) 365-4561
Fax: (208) 365-7795
Gem County website »

Gooding County

624 Main Street
Gooding, Idaho

Phone: (208) 934-4841
Fax: (208) 934-5019
Gooding County website »

Idaho County

320 West Main Street, Rm 5
Grangeville, Idaho

Phone: (208) 983-2751
Fax: (208) 983-1428
Idaho County website »

Jefferson County

210 Courthouse Way Suite 100
Rigby, Idaho

Jefferson County website »

Jerome County

300 N Lincoln Ave
Jerome, Idaho

Phone: (208) 324-8811
Fax: (208) 324-2719
Jerome County website »

Kootenai County

451 Government Way
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Kootenai County website »

Latah County

522 S Adams
Moscow, Idaho

Phone: (208) 883-2249
Fax: (208) 883-7203
Latah County website »

Lemhi County

206 Courthouse Drive
Salmon, Idaho

Phone: (208) 756-2815
Fax: (208) 756-8424
Lemhi County website »

Lewis County

510 Oak Street
Nezperce, Idaho

Lewis County website »

Lincoln County

111 W B St C
Shoshone, Idaho

Phone: (208) 886-7641
Fax: (208) 886-2707
Lincoln County website »

Madison County

134 E Main
Rexburg, Idaho

Madison County website »

Minidoka County

715 G. Street
Rupert, Idaho

Phone: (208) 436-9511
Fax: (208) 436-9061
Minidoka County website »

Nez Perce County

1230 Main Street
Lewiston, Idaho

Phone: (208) 799-3020
Fax: (208) 799-3070
Nez Perce County website »

Oneida County

10 Court Street
Malad, Idaho

Phone: (208) 766-4116
Fax: (208) 766-2448
Oneida County website »

Owyhee County

P.O. Box 128
Murphy, Idaho

Phone: (208) 495-2421
Fax: (208) 495-1173
Owyhee County website »

Payette County

1130 3rd. Ave. N.
Payette, Idaho

Phone: (208) 642-6000
Fax: (208) 642-6011
Payette County website »

Power County

543 Bannock Ave.
American Falls, Idaho

Phone: (208) 226-7610
Fax: (208) 226-7612
Power County website »

Shoshone County

700 Bank St
Wallace, Idaho

Phone: (208) 752-1264
Fax: (208) 752-1896
Shoshone County website »

Teton County

150 Courthouse Drive - Room 208
Driggs, Idaho

Phone: (208) 354-8780
Fax: (208) 354-8410
Teton County website »

Twin Falls County

630 Addison Ave W
Twin Falls, Idaho

Phone: (208) 736-4004
Fax: (208) 736-4182
Twin Falls County website »

Valley County

219 N Main St
Cascade, Idaho

Phone: (208) 382-7102
Fax: (208) 382-7107
Valley County website »

Washington County

256 East Court
Weiser, Idaho

Phone: (208) 414-2092
Fax: (208) 414-3925
Washington County website »