Minnesota Marriage Laws

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

Quick Facts
  • ULC Ordination Accepted: Yes
  • Minister Registration Required: Yes
  • Minister's Residency: Irrelevant
  • Minister's Minimum Age: 21
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  • Marriage License Waiting Period: 5 Days
  • Marriage License Valid For: 6 Months
  • Marriage License Return Within: 5 Days

1 How to Become an Ordained Minister in Minnesota

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 Minnesota

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 Minnesota

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 Minnesota to get a Minnesota Ordination Credential. It's been reported to us by Universal Life Church ministers in the state that county clerks in Minnesota also require a Letter of Good Standing - so make sure you add this document to your order! 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.

The state of Minnesota strongly incentivizes premarital counseling. Those who receive at least 12 hours of counseling can get a discount on their Minnesota marriage license. Ordained ministers can legally perform and certify premarital counseling, though they must first be certified to officiate at weddings. By law, premarital counseling in Minnesota must include communication and conflict management training, as well as premarital inventory (and evaluation of the couple's expectations for marriage). Following counseling, the minister must present a statement using the following language: I, (name of educator), confirm that (full legal names of both parties) received at least 12 hours of premarital education that included the use of a premarital inventory and the teaching of communication and conflict management skills. I am a licensed or ordained minister, a person authorized to solemnize marriages under Minnesota Statutes, section 517.18, or a person authorized to practice marriage and family therapy under Minnesota Statutes, section 148B.33.

4 How to Perform a Wedding in Minnesota

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 Minnesota marriage license from the appropriate office. This license is valid for 6 months, however there is a 5 day waiting period between when the couple picks up the marriage license and when the ceremony may legally be conducted, as well as a 5 day window between the date of the wedding ceremony and when the signed license must be returned to the issuing office. At the Universal Life Church we receive several calls from wedding officiants in Minnesota, 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 Minnesota 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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Minnesota Marriage Code

Performing a marriage in Minnesota may seem daunting, but so long as you are wary of the requirements and deadlines pertinent to your situation you should find success. Universal Life Church ministers perform valid legal marriages in Minnesota every month. In Minnesota, marriage is governed by Section 4 of Article 517 of the state's code - we've excerpted this below for your convenience.
517.04 Solemnization Marriages may be solemnized throughout the state by a judge of a court of record, a retired judge of a court of record, a court administrator, a retired court administrator with the approval of the chief judge of the judicial district, a former court commissioner who is employed by the court system or is acting pursuant to an order of the chief judge of the commissioner's judicial district, the residential school administrators of the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf and the Minnesota State Academy for the Blind, a licensed or ordained minister of any religious denomination, or by any mode recognized in section 517.18. 517.05 Credentials of minister Ministers of any religious denomination, before they are authorized to solemnize a marriage, shall file a copy of their credentials of license or ordination with the court administrator of the district court of a county in this state, who shall record the same and give a certificate thereof. The place where the credentials are recorded shall be endorsed upon and recorded with each certificate of marriage granted by a minister.

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Aitkin County

209 2nd St NW
Aitkin, Minnesota

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Anoka County

2100 3rd Ave.
Anoka, Minnesota

Anoka County website »

Becker County

915 Lake Ave
Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

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Beltrami County

619 Beltrami Avenue NW
Bemidji, Minnesota

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Benton County

531 Dewey Street
Foley, Minnesota

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Big Stone County

20 Second St SE Suite 106
Ortonville, Minnesota

Phone: (320) 839-6390
Fax: (320) 839-6394
Big Stone County website »

Blue Earth County

204 S. 5th Street
Mankato, Minnesota

Phone: (507) 304-4284
Fax: (507) 304-4344
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Brown County

14 S State St PO Box 248
New Ulm, Minnesota

Brown County website »

Carlton County

301 Walnut Avenue
Carlton, Minnesota

Phone: (218) 384-9122
Fax: (218) 384-9157
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Carver County

600 East 4th Street
Chaska, Minnesota

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Cass County

303 Minnesota Ave W
Walker, Minnesota

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Chippewa County

629 North Eleventh Street
Montevideo, Minnesota

Phone: (320) 269-9431
Fax: (320) 269-7168
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Chisago County

313 N. Main St.
Center City, Minnesota

Phone: (651) 257-1300
Fax: (651) 213-8876
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Clay County

807 11th Street North
Moorhead, Minnesota

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Clearwater County

213 Main Avenue North, Dept. 207
Bagley, Minnesota

Phone: (218) 694-6129
Fax: (218) 694-6179
Clearwater County website »

Cook County

411 W. 2nd Street
Grand Marais, Minnesota

Phone: (218) 387-3660
Fax: (218) 387-3043
Cook County website »

Cottonwood County

900 3rd Avenue
Windom, Minnesota

Phone: (507) 831-1458
Fax: (507) 831-3675
Cottonwood County website »

Crow Wing County

Land Services 322 Laurel St. - Suite 15
Brainerd, Minnesota

Phone: (218) 824-1010
Fax: (218) 824-1126
Crow Wing County website »

Dakota County

1590 West Highway 55 floor 2
Hastings, Minnesota

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Dodge County

22 East 6th Street
Mantorville, Minnesota

Phone: (507) 635-6250
Fax: (507) 635-6265
Dodge County website »

Douglas County

305 8th Ave W
Alexandria, Minnesota

Phone: (320) 762-3877
Fax: (320) 762-2389
Douglas County website »

Faribault County

414 North Main Street
Blue Earth, Minnesota

Faribault County website »

Fillmore County

1 Courthouse Square
Preston, Minnesota

Fillmore County website »

Freeborn County

411 South Broadway
Albert Lea, Minnesota

Phone: (507) 377-5130
Fax: (507) 377-5265
Freeborn County website »

Goodhue County

509 W. 5th Street
Red Wing, Minnesota

Goodhue County website »

Grant County

10 2nd St. NE
Elbow Lake, Minnesota

Phone: (218) 685-8255
Fax: (218) 685-4178
Grant County website »

Hennepin County

6125 Shingle Creek Pkwy
Brooklyn Center, Minnesota

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Houston County

304 S Marshall St
Caledonia, Minnesota

Phone: (507) 725-5813
Fax: (507) 725-2647
Houston County website »

Hubbard County

301 Court Avenue
Park Rapids, Minnesota

Phone: (218) 732-4348
Fax: (218) 732-3645
Hubbard County website »

Isanti County

555 18th Ave SW
Cambridge, Minnesota

Isanti County website »

Itasca County

123 NE 4th Street
Grand Rapids, Minnesota

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Jackson County

405 4th Street
Jackson, Minnesota

Phone: (507) 847-2580
Fax: (507) 847-6824
Jackson County website »

Kanabec County

18 North Vine Street Suite 261B
Mora, Minnesota

Phone: (320) 679-6466
Fax: (320) 679-6431
Kanabec County website »

Kandiyohi County

400 Benson Ave SW
Willmar, Minnesota

Phone: (320) 231-6223
Fax: (320) 231-6284
Kandiyohi County website »

Kittson County

410 5th Street S Suite 202
Hallock, Minnesota

Phone: (218) 843-2842
Fax: (218) 843-2538
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Koochiching County

715 4th Street
International Falls, Minnesota

Koochiching County website »

Lac qui Parle County

600 - 6th Street, Suite #4
Madison, Minnesota

Phone: (320) 598-3724
Fax: (320) 598-3125
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Lake County

601 3rd Avenue
Two Harbor, Minnesota

Lake County website »

Lake of the Woods County

206 SE 8th Avenue
Baudette, Minnesota

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Le Sueur County

88 South Park Avenue
Le Center, Minnesota

Phone: (507) 357-2251
Fax: (507) 357-8609
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Lincoln County

319 N. Rebecca, PO Box 29
Ivanhoe, Minnesota

Phone: (507) 694-1019
Fax: (507) 694-1362
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Lyon County

607 West Main Street
Marshall, Minnesota

Phone: (507) 537-6722
Fax: (507) 537-7988
Lyon County website »

Mahnomen County

311 North Main Street, P.O. Box 380
Mahnomen, Minnesota

Phone: (218) 935-5528
Fax: (218) 936-5656
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Marshall County

208 E Colvin Ave, Suite 7
Warren, Minnesota

Phone: (218) 745-4801
Fax: (218) 745-5013
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Martin County

201 Lake Avenue
Fairmont, Minnesota

Martin County website »

McLeod County

2391 Hennepin Ave N
Glencoe, Minnesota

Phone: (320) 864-1312
Fax: (320) 864-3268
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Meeker County

325 Sibley Avenue N 4th Level
Litchfield, Minnesota

Phone: (320) 693-5345
Fax: (320) 693-5217
Meeker County website »

Mille Lacs County

635 2nd Street SE
Milaca, Minnesota

Phone: (320) 983-8308
Fax: (320) 983-8388
Mille Lacs County website »

Morrison County

213 1st Avenue SE Room 24
Little Falls, Minnesota

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Mower County

201 1st Street NE, Suite 5
Austin, Minnesota

Phone: (507) 437-9535
Fax: (507) 434-2646
Mower County website »

Murray County

2500 28th Street
Slayton, Minnesota

Phone: (507) 836-1156
Fax: (507) 836-6114
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Nicollet County

501 S. Minnesota Ave.
St. Peter, Minnesota

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Nobles County

315 Tenth Street
Worthington, Minnesota

Phone: (507) 295-5268
Fax: (507) 372-8235
Nobles County website »

Norman County

16 3rd Ave E
Ada, Minnesota

Phone: (218) 784-5481
Fax: (218) 784-2399
Norman County website »

Olmsted County

151 4th St SE
Rochester, Minnesota

Phone: (507) 328-7629
Fax: (507) 328-7397
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Otter Tail County

520 Fir Ave. W.
Fergus Falls, Minnesota

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Pennington County

101 Main Avenue North
Thief River Falls, Minnesota

Phone: (218) 683-7027
Fax: (218) 683-7026
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Pine County

1 Main Street
Pine City, Minnesota

Pine County website »

Pipestone County

416 S. Hiawatha AVE
Pipestone, Minnesota

Phone: (507) 825-1135
Fax: (507) 825-6767
Pipestone County website »

Polk County

612 North Broadway Room 225
Crookston, Minnesota

Phone: (218) 281-3464
Fax: (218) 281-1636
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Pope County

130 E. Minnesota Avenue
Glenwood, Minnesota

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Ramsey County

15 West Kellogg Boulevard
St. Paul, Minnesota

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Red Lake County

124 Langevin Ave 2nd floor
Red Lake Falls, Minnesota

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Redwood County

403 S. Mill Street
Redwood Falls, Minnesota

Phone: (507) 637-4032
Fax: (507) 637-4064
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Renville County

105 South 5th St.
Olivia, Minnesota

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Rice County

320 Third Street NW
Faribault, Minnesota

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Rock County

204 E. Brown Street – PO Box 509
Luverne, Minnesota

Phone: (507) 283-5022
Fax: (507) 283-1343
Rock County website »

Roseau County

606 5th Ave SW, Room 140
Roseau, Minnesota

Phone: (218) 463-1215
Fax: (218) 463-4102
Roseau County website »

Scott County

200 Fourth Ave West
Shakopee, Minnesota

Scott County website »

Sherburne County

13880 Business Center Dr NW
Elk River, Minnesota

Phone: (763) 765-4420
Fax: (763) 765-3271
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Sibley County

400 Court Avenue
Gaylord, Minnesota

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St. Louis County

100 NW 5th Avenue Room 101
Duluth, Minnesota

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Stearns County

705 Courthouse Square, Room 130
St. Cloud, Minnesota

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Steele County

630 Florence Avenue
Owatonna, Minnesota

Phone: (507) 444-7490
Fax: (507) 444-7470
Steele County website »

Stevens County

400 Colorado Ave, Suite 305
Morris, Minnesota

Stevens County website »

Swift County

301 14th St N, P.O. Box 207
Benson, Minnesota

Phone: (320) 843‑3544
Fax: (320) 843‑2275
Swift County website »

Todd County

215 1st Avenue South, Suite 203
Long Prairie, Minnesota

Todd County website »

Traverse County

702 2nd Ave N
Wheaton, Minnesota

Traverse County website »

Wabasha County

625 Jefferson Avenue
Wabasha, Minnesota

Wabasha County website »

Wadena County

415 S Jefferson Street
Wadena, Minnesota

Phone: (218) 631-7622
Fax: (218) 897-2033
Wadena County website »

Waseca County

300 N State St
Waseca, Minnesota

Phone: (507) 835-0625
Fax: (507) 837-5310
Waseca County website »

Washington County

14949 62nd Street N.
Stillwater, Minnesota

Washington County website »

Watonwan County

710 Second Ave S.
St. James, Minnesota

Watonwan County website »

Wilkin County

300 5th St. S.
Breckenridge, Minnesota

Phone: (218) 643-7112
Fax: (218) 643-7169
Wilkin County website »

Winona County

177 Main Street
Winona, Minnesota

Phone: (507) 457-6395
Fax: (507) 454-9397
Winona County website »

Wright County

10 2nd St. NW, Room 160
Buffalo, Minnesota

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Yellow Medicine County

180 8th Ave
Granite Falls, Minnesota

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