Mississippi Marriage Laws

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

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: 90 Days
  • Marriage License Return Within: By Expiration

1 How to Become an Ordained Minister in Mississippi

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 Mississippi

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 Mississippi

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 Mississippi to get an Ordination Package. While registration is not legally required, you may be asked to show proof of ordination to the county clerk in order for the marriage to be accepted as legally valid. 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 Mississippi

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 Mississippi marriage license from the appropriate office. This license is valid for 90 days, and there is no mandatory waiting period between when the couple picks up the marriage license and when the ceremony may legally be conducted. Please note that the signed marriage license must be returned to the issuing office before its date of expiry. At the Universal Life Church we receive several calls from wedding officiants in Mississippi, 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 Mississippi 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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Mississippi Marriage Code

Marriage in Mississippi is governed by Title 93 of the Mississippi Revised Statutes. Ministers ordained online with the Universal Life Church are permitted to solemnize marriages in Mississippi and have successfully done so thousands of times. Below, you will find that we have reproduced the relevant excerpts of this code.
Any minister of the gospel ordained according to the rules of his church or society, in good standing; any Rabbi or other spiritual leader of any other religious body authorized under the rules of such religious body to solemnize rites of matrimony and being in good standing; any judge of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, circuit court, chancery court or county court may solemnize the rites of matrimony between any persons anywhere within this state who shall produce a license granted as herein directed. Justice court judges and members of the boards of supervisors may likewise solemnize the rites of matrimony within their respective counties. Any marriages performed by a mayor of a municipality prior to March 14, 1994 are valid provided such marriages satisfy the requirements of Section 93-1-18.

View the Mississippi Statutes on the official state site
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Adams County

115 South Wall St.
Natchez, Mississippi

Phone: (601) 446-6326
Fax: (601) 445-7955
Adams County website »

Alcorn County

600 Waldron St
Corinth, Mississippi

Phone: (662) 286-7740
Fax: (662) 286-7767
Alcorn County website »

Amite County

243 West Main Street
Liberty, Mississippi

Phone: (601) 657-8932
Fax: (601) 657-1082
Amite County website »

Attala County

100 Courthouse, Ste 1
Kosciusko, Mississippi

Phone: (662) 289-1471
Fax: (662) 289-7666
Attala County website »

Benton County

190 Ripley Avenue
Ashland, Mississippi

Phone: (662) 224-6310
Fax: (662) 224-6312
Benton County website »

Bolivar County

404 N Martin Luther King Jr Dr.
Cleveland, Mississippi

Phone: (662) 843-2061
Fax: (662) 846-2943
Bolivar County website »

Calhoun County

103 W. Main St.
Pittsboro, Mississippi

Phone: (662) 412-3101
Fax: (662) 412-3103
Calhoun County website »

Carroll County

600 Lexington St, Suite B
Carrollton, Mississippi

Phone: (662) 237-9274
Fax: (662) 237-9642
Carroll County website »

Chickasaw County

1 Pinson Square, Room 2
Houston, Mississippi

Phone: (662) 456-2331
Fax: (662) 456-4831
Chickasaw County website »

Choctaw County

55 E. Quinn St.
Ackerman, Mississippi

Phone: (662) 285-6245
Fax: (662) 285-2196
Choctaw County website »

Claiborne County

410 Market St.
Port Gibson, Mississippi

Phone: (601) 437-5841
Fax: (601) 437-4543
Claiborne County website »

Clarke County

101 S Archusa Ave
Quitman, Mississippi

Phone: (601) 776-3111
Fax: (601) 776-1001
Clarke County website »

Clay County

205 Court Street
West Point, Mississippi

Phone: (662) 494-3384
Fax: (662) 495-2057
Clay County website »

Coahoma County

115 First Street
Clarksdale, Mississippi

Phone: (662) 624-3014
Fax: (662) 624-3075
Coahoma County website »

Copiah County

100 Caldwell Dr
Hazlehurst, Mississippi

Phone: (601) 894-1241
Fax: (601) 894-3026
Copiah County website »

Covington County

101 South Elm Ave.
Collins, Mississippi

Phone: (601) 765-6506
Fax: (601) 765-5012
Covington County website »

DeSoto County

2535 Hwy 51 S, Rm 201
Hernando, Mississippi

Phone: (662) 429-1325
Fax: (662) 449-1416
DeSoto County website »

Forrest County

630 Main St
Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Phone: (601) 582-3213
Fax: (601) 545-6065
Forrest County website »

Franklin County

27 Main St.
Meadville, Mississippi

Phone: (601) 384-2320
Fax: (601) 384-8244
Franklin County website »

George County

355 Cox St., Ste C
Lucedale, Mississippi

Phone: (601) 947-4881
Fax: (601) 947-8804
George County website »

Greene County

400 Main St.
Leakesville, Mississippi

Phone: (601) 394-2379
Fax: (601) 394-2334
Greene County website »

Grenada County

59 Green Street, Suite 8
Grenada, Mississippi

Phone: (662) 226-1941
Fax: (662) 227-2865
Grenada County website »

Hancock County

3068 Longfellow Dr. Bld 7
Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

Phone: (228) 467-5265
Fax: (228) 467-2779
Hancock County website »

Harrison County

1801 23rd Avenue
Gulfport, Mississippi

Phone: (228) 865-4369
Fax: (228) 865-4099
Harrison County website »

Hinds County

407 E Pascagoula St.
Jackson, Mississippi

Phone: (601) 968-6628
Fax: (601) 973-5547
Hinds County website »

Holmes County

22549 Depot Street
Lexington, Mississippi

Phone: (662) 834-2476
Fax: (662) 834-3870
Holmes County website »

Humphreys County

150 Castleman St.
Belzoni, Mississippi

Phone: (662) 247-3065
Fax: (662) 247-3906
Humphreys County website »

Issaquena County

129 Court Street
Mayersville, Mississippi

Phone: (601) 873-2761
Fax: (601) 873-2061
Issaquena County website »

Itawamba County

201 West Main Street
Fulton, Mississippi

Phone: (662) 862-3511
Fax: (662) 862-4006
Itawamba County website »

Jackson County

3104 Magnolia Street
Pascagoula, Mississippi

Phone: (228) 769-3040
Fax: (228) 769-3180
Jackson County website »

Jasper County

1782 MS-503
Paulding, Mississippi

Phone: (601) 727-4941
Fax: (601) 727-4475
Jasper County website »

Jefferson County

1483 Main Street
Fayette, Mississippi

Phone: (601) 786-3422
Fax: (601) 786-9676
Jefferson County website »

Jefferson Davis County

1025 3rd Street
Prentiss, Mississippi

Phone: (601) 792-4231
Fax: (601) 792-4957
Jefferson Davis County website »

Jones County

101 Court Street, Suite B
Ellisville, Mississippi

Phone: (601) 477-8538
Fax: (601) 477-8539
Jones County website »

Kemper County

123 Main Ave
DeKalb, Mississippi

Phone: (601) 743-2224
Fax: (601) 743-4173
Kemper County website »

Lafayette County

1 Courthouse Square, Ste 101
Oxford, Mississippi

Phone: (662) 234-4951
Fax: (662) 236-0238
Lafayette County website »

Lamar County

403 Main St.
Purvis, Mississippi

Phone: (601) 794-8504
Fax: (601) 794-3905
Lamar County website »

Lauderdale County

500 Constitution Ave
Meridian, Mississippi

Phone: (601) 482-9731
Fax: (601) 482-9734
Lauderdale County website »

Lawrence County

435 Brinson St
Monticello, Mississippi

Phone: (601) 587-4791
Fax: (601) 587-4405
Lawrence County website »

Leake County

215 W Main St
Carthage, Mississippi

Phone: (601) 267-8357
Fax: (601) 267-8889
Leake County website »

Lee County

200 W. Jefferson St.
Tupelo, Mississippi

Phone: (662) 841-9024
Fax: (662) 680-6079
Lee County website »

Leflore County

310 W Market St
Greenwood, Mississippi

Phone: (662) 453-1435
Fax: (662) 455-1278
Leflore County website »

Lincoln County

301 S. 1st Street, Room 205
Brookhaven, Mississippi

Phone: (601) 835-3435
Fax: (601) 835-3482
Lincoln County website »

Lowndes County

505 2nd Ave N. Room 264
Columbus, Mississippi

Phone: (662) 329-5900
Fax: (662) 329-5935
Lowndes County website »

Madison County

128 W. North St.
Canton, Mississippi

Phone: (601) 859-4365
Fax: (601) 859-8555
Madison County website »

Marion County

250 Broad Street, Suite 1
Columbia, Mississippi

Phone: (601) 736-8246
Fax: (601) 731-6344
Marion County website »

Marshall County

128 E Van Dorn Ave
Holly Springs, Mississippi

Phone: (662) 252-3434
Fax: (662) 252-5951
Marshall County website »

Monroe County

301 S. Chestnut St.
Aberdeen, Mississippi

Phone: (662) 369-8695
Fax: (662) 369-3684
Monroe County website »

Montgomery County

614 Summit Street
Winona, Mississippi

Phone: (662) 283-4161
Fax: (662) 283-3363
Montgomery County website »

Neshoba County

401 E. Beacon St., Ste 110
Philadelphia, Mississippi

Phone: (601) 656-4781
Fax: (601) 650-3997
Neshoba County website »

Newton County

92 W Broad St
Decatur, Mississippi

Phone: (601) 635-2368
Fax: (601) 635-3210
Newton County website »

Noxubee County

505 South Jefferson
Macon, Mississippi

Phone: (662) 726-5737
Fax: (662) 726-6041
Noxubee County website »

Oktibbeha County

108 W. Main Street
Starkville, Mississippi

Phone: (662) 323-1356
Fax: (662) 323-1121
Oktibbeha County website »

Panola County

215 Pocahontas Street
Sardis, Mississippi

Phone: (662) 487-2073
Fax: (662) 487-3595
Panola County website »

Pearl River County

200 South Main Street
Poplarville, Mississippi

Phone: (601) 403-2300
Fax: (601) 403-2327
Pearl River County website »

Perry County

103 South Main Street
New Augusta, Mississippi

Phone: (601) 964-8663
Fax: (601) 964-8740
Perry County website »

Pike County

200 East Bay Street
Magnolia, Mississippi

Phone: (601) 783-2581
Fax: (601) 783-6322
Pike County website »

Pontotoc County

11 E. Washington St.
Pontotoc, Mississippi

Phone: (662) 489-3908
Fax: (662) 489-2318
Pontotoc County website »

Prentiss County

101-A North Main Street
Booneville, Mississippi

Phone: (662) 728-4611
Fax: (662) 728-2006
Prentiss County website »

Quitman County

220 Chestnut St., Ste 4
Marks, Mississippi

Phone: (662) 326-8003
Fax: (601) 326-8004
Quitman County website »

Rankin County

215 E. Government St.
Brandon, Mississippi

Phone: (601) 825-1466
Fax: (601) 825-1465
Rankin County website »

Scott County

100 East 1st Street
Forest, Mississippi

Phone: (601) 469-3601
Fax: (601) 469-5188
Scott County website »

Sharkey County

120 Locust Street
Rolling Fork, Mississippi

Phone: (601) 873-2755
Fax: (601) 873-6045
Sharkey County website »

Simpson County

100 Court St. Room 2
Mendenhall, Mississippi

Phone: (601) 847-2474
Fax: (601) 847-2474
Simpson County website »

Smith County

123 Main St
Raleigh, Mississippi

Phone: (601) 782-4751
Fax: (601) 782-4007
Smith County website »

Stone County

323 Cavers Avenue
Wiggins, Mississippi

Phone: (601) 928-5246
Fax: (601) 928-5248
Stone County website »

Sunflower County

200 Main Street
Indianola, Mississippi

Phone: (662) 887-1252
Fax: (662) 887-7077
Sunflower County website »

Tallahatchie County

1 Court Sq.
Charleston, Mississippi

Phone: (662) 647-8758
Fax: (662) 647-8490
Tallahatchie County website »

Tate County

201 Ward Street
Senatobia, Mississippi

Phone: (662) 562-5211
Fax: (662) 562-7486
Tate County website »

Tippah County

102-A North Main
Ripley, Mississippi

Phone: (662) 837-7370
Fax: (662) 837-1030
Tippah County website »

Tishomingo County

1008 Battleground
Iuka, Mississippi

Phone: (662) 423-7026
Fax: (662) 423-1667
Tishomingo County website »

Tunica County

1300 School Street
Tunica, Mississippi

Phone: (662) 363-2842
Fax: (662) 363-2413
Tunica County website »

Union County

109 E. Main St.
New Albany, Mississippi

Phone: (662) 534-1910
Fax: (662) 534-2059
Union County website »

Walthall County

200 Ball Avenue
Tylertown, Mississippi

Phone: (601) 876-5677
Fax: (601) 876-4077
Walthall County website »

Warren County

1009 Cherry Street
Vicksburg, Mississippi

Phone: (601) 636-3961
Fax: (601) 630-4100
Warren County website »

Washington County

900 Washington Ave, Room 2
Greenville, Mississippi

Phone: (662) 378-2747
Fax: (662) 334-2698
Washington County website »

Wayne County

609 Azalea
Waynesboro, Mississippi

Phone: (601) 735-1171
Fax: (601) 735-6261
Wayne County website »

Webster County

515 Carroll St.
Walthall, Mississippi

Phone: (662) 258-6287
Fax: (601) 258-7686
Webster County website »

Wilkinson County

525 Main St.
Woodville, Mississippi

Phone: (601) 888-6697
Fax: (601) 888-6984
Wilkinson County website »

Winston County

165 W. Main St.
Louisville, Mississippi

Phone: (662) 773-3581
Fax: (662) 773-7192
Winston County website »

Yalobusha County

14400 Main St.
Coffeeville, Mississippi

Phone: (662) 675-8187
Fax: (662) 675-8004
Yalobusha County website »

Yazoo County

211 E. Broadway St.
Yazoo City, Mississippi

Phone: (662) 746-1872
Fax: (662) 716-0113
Yazoo County website »