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

Quick Facts
  • ULC Ordination Accepted: Yes
  • Minister Registration Required: No
  • Minister's Residency: Irrelevant
  • Minister's Minimum Age: 18
  • Marriage License Waiting Period: 0 Days
  • Marriage License Valid For: 6 Months
  • Marriage License Return Within: 30 Days

1 How to Become an Ordained Minister in Montana

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 Montana

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 Montana

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 Montana to get an Ordination Package. 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.

An interesting fact for Montana wedding officiants: Montana is one of the few states in the United States that permits marriage by proxy per the Montana code annotated. If one of the persons to be wed is unable to be at the ceremony, the couple may authorize in writing a third person to act as proxy in the wedding. If the minister is satisfied that the absent person is unable to be present and has the consented to the marriage, the person may continue with the marriage by proxy.

4 How to Perform a Wedding in Montana

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 Montana marriage license from the appropriate office. This license is valid for 6 months, and there is no waiting period between when the couple picks up the marriage license and when the ceremony may legally be conducted. Please note that the signed license must be returned to the issuing office within 30 days of the ceremony. At the Universal Life Church we receive several calls from wedding officiants in Montana, 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 Montana 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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Montana Marriage Code

Marriage laws in Montana are primarily directed by Chapter 1 of Title 40 of the Montana code annotated, which defines the persons authorized to perform a marriage in the State of Montana. This includes ordained ministers of the Universal Life Church, among other individuals. We've reproduced this item in the state code below.
40-1-301. Solemnization and registration.

(1) A marriage may be solemnized by a judge of a court of record, by a public official whose powers include solemnization of marriages, by a mayor, city judge, or justice of the peace, by a tribal judge, or in accordance with any mode of solemnization recognized by any religious denomination, Indian nation or tribe, or native group. Either the person solemnizing the marriage or, if no individual acting alone solemnized the marriage, a party to the marriage shall complete the marriage certificate form and forward it to the clerk of the district court.

(2) If a party to a marriage is unable to be present at the solemnization, the party may authorize in writing a third person to act as proxy. If the person solemnizing the marriage is satisfied that the absent party is unable to be present and has consented to the marriage, the person may solemnize the marriage by proxy. If the person solemnizing the marriage is not satisfied, the parties may petition the district court for an order permitting the marriage to be solemnized by proxy.

(3) The solemnization of the marriage is not invalidated by the fact that the person solemnizing the marriage was not legally qualified to solemnize it if either party to the marriage believed that person to be qualified.

(4) One party to a proxy marriage must be a member of the armed forces of the United States on federal active duty or a resident of Montana at the time of application for a license and certificate pursuant to 40-1-202. One party or a legal representative shall appear before the clerk of court and pay the marriage license fee. For the purposes of this subsection, residency must be determined in accordance with 1-1-215.

View the Montana Statutes on the official state site
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Beaverhead County

2 S Pacific St
Dillon, Montana

Phone: (406) 683-3720
Fax: (406) 683-3769
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Big Horn County

121 3rd Street
Hardin, Montana

Phone: (406) 665-9730
Fax: (406) 665-9755
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Blaine County

420 Ohio Street
Chinook, Montana

Phone: (406) 357-3240
Fax: (406) 357-2199
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Broadwater County

515 Broadway St
Townsend, Montana

Phone: (406) 266-3443
Fax: (406) 266-3674
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Carbon County

17 W 11th St
Red Lodge, Montana

Phone: (406) 446-1220
Fax: (406) 446-2640
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Carter County

214 Park St
Ekalaka, Montana

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Cascade County

325 2nd Ave North
Great Falls, Montana

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Chouteau County

1308 Franklin Street
Fort Benton, Montana

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Custer County

1010 Main
Miles City, Montana

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Daniels County

213 Main Street
Scobey, Montana

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Dawson County

207 West Bell
Glendive, Montana

Phone: (406) 377-3058
Fax: (406) 377-1717
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Deer Lodge County

800 Main
Anaconda, Montana

Phone: (406) 563-4060
Fax: (406) 563-4001
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Fallon County

10 West Fallon
Baker, Montana

Phone: (406) 778-7106
Fax: (406) 778-2048
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Fergus County

712 W Main
Lewistown, Montana

Phone: (406) 535-5242
Fax: (406) 538-9023
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Flathead County

800 S Main
Kalispell, Montana

Phone: (406) 758-2453
Fax: (406) 758-5865
Flathead County website »

Gallatin County

311 W Main
Bozeman, Montana

Phone: (406) 582-3060
Fax: (406) 582-3196
Gallatin County website »

Garfield County

200 West Kramer St
Jordan, Montana

Phone: (406) 557-2760
Fax: (406) 557-2765
Garfield County website »

Glacier County

512 E Main
Cut Bank, Montana

Phone: (406) 873-3609
Fax: (406) 873-2125
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Golden Valley County

107 Kemp St
Ryegate, Montana

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Granite County

220 North Sansome
Philipsburg, Montana

Granite County website »

Hill County

315 4th St
Havre, Montana

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Jefferson County

201 W Centennial
Boulder, Montana

Phone: (406) 225-4020
Fax: (406) 225-4149
Jefferson County website »

Judith Basin County

31 First Ave
Stanford, Montana

Judith Basin County website »

Lake County

106 4th Ave E
Polson, Montana

Phone: (406) 883-7268
Fax: (406)883-7283
Lake County website »

Lewis and Clark County

228 Broadway, Room 104
PO Box 158
Helena, Montana

Phone: (406) 447-8216
Fax: (406) 447-8275
Lewis and Clark County website »

Liberty County

111 1st St East
Chester, Montana

Liberty County website »

Lincoln County

512 California
Libby, Montana

Phone: (406) 293-7781 ext 200
Fax: (406) 293-8577
Lincoln County website »

Madison County

101 West Wallace St
Virginia City, Montana

Phone: (406) 843-4270
Fax: (406) 843-5264
Madison County website »

McCone County

1004 Avenue C
Circle, Montana

McCone County website »

Meagher County

15 W Main
White Sulphur Springs, Montana

Meagher County website »

Mineral County

300 River St.
Superior, Montana

Mineral County website »

Missoula County

200 W Broadway
Missoula, Montana

Missoula County website »

Musselshell County

506 Main
Roundup, Montana

Musselshell County website »

Park County

414 E Callender St
Livingston, Montana

Park County website »

Petroleum County

201 East Main
Winnett, Montana

Phone: (406) 429-5311
Fax: (406) 429-6328
Petroleum County website »

Phillips County

314 South 2nd Ave West
Malta, Montana

Phillips County website »

Pondera County

20 4th Ave SW
Conrad, Montana

Pondera County website »

Powder River County

1 Courthouse Square
Broadus, Montana

Phone: (406) 436-2361
Fax: (406)436-2151
Powder River County website »

Powell County

409 Missouri
Deer Lodge, Montana

Powell County website »

Prairie County

217 West Park
Terry, Montana

Prairie County website »

Ravalli County

215 S 4th St
Hamilton, Montana

Phone: (406) 375-6550
Fax: (406) 375-6554
Ravalli County website »

Richland County

201 W Main
Sidney, Montana

Phone: (406) 433-1708
Fax: (406) 433-3731
Richland County website »

Roosevelt County

400 2nd Ave S
Wolf Point, Montana

Roosevelt County website »

Rosebud County

1200 Main St.
Forsyth, Montana

Rosebud County website »

Sanders County

1111 Main St.
Thompson Falls, Montana

Sanders County website »

Sheridan County

100 W Laurel Ave
Plentywood, Montana

Phone: (406) 765-3403
Fax: (406) 765-2609
Sheridan County website »

Silver Bow County

155 W Granite
Butte, Montana

Phone: (406) 497-6342
Fax: (406) 497-6328
Silver Bow County website »

Stillwater County

400 3rd Ave N
Columbus, Montana

Stillwater County website »

Sweet Grass County

200 W 1st
Big Timber, Montana

Phone: (406) 932-5152
Fax: (406) 932-3026
Sweet Grass County website »

Teton County

1 North Main St.
Choteau, Montana

Phone: (406) 466-2693
Fax: (406) 466-2138
Teton County website »

Toole County

226 1st St S
Shelby, Montana

Toole County website »

Treasure County

307 Rapelje
Hysham, Montana

Phone: (406) 342-5547
Fax: (406) 342-5445
Treasure County website »

Valley County

501 Court Sq
P.O. Box 2
Glasgow, Montana

Valley County website »

Wheatland County

201 A Ave North West
Harlowton, Montana

Wheatland County website »

Wibaux County

200 South Wibaux
Wibaux, Montana

Wibaux County website »

Yellowstone County

217 N. 27th Street
Billings, Montana

Phone: (406) 256-2740
Fax: (406) 256-2736
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