North Dakota Marriage Laws

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

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: 60 Days
  • Marriage License Return Within: 5 Days

1 How to Become an Ordained Minister in North Dakota

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 North Dakota

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 North Dakota

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 North Dakota to get an Ordination Package. Although minister registration is not required in North Dakota we have been informed by ULC ministers in the area that county clerks will frequently ask to see proof of ordination before they will accept a marriage as having been legally solemnized. 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.

The state of North Dakota does not set forth extremely rigid guidelines for how a marriage ceremony must be performed. Rather, it simply establishes that at some point during the ceremony either the couple must acknowledge that they are freely accepting one another as husband and wife in a serious manner and this must happen in the presence of one of the authority figures established above who is authorized by the state to conduct the marriage.

4 How to Perform a Wedding in North Dakota

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 North Dakota marriage license from the appropriate office. This license will expire 60 days after it is issued, and there is a no mandatory waiting period between when the couple picks up the marriage license in North Dakota and when the ceremony may legally be conducted. The signed license must be returned to the issuing office within 5 days of the ceremony. At the Universal Life Church we receive several calls from wedding officiants in North Dakota, 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 North Dakota 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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North Dakota Marriage Code

Marriage laws in North Dakota are primarily directed by Section 3 of Chapter 14 of North Dakota's century code, which defines the persons authorized to perform a marriage in the State of North Dakota. This includes ordained ministers of the Universal Life church, among other individuals. We've reproduced a portion of this code below.
14-03-09. Who may solemnize marriages.
Marriages may be solemnized at any location within the state by:

1. All judges of courts of record;

2. Municipal judges;

3. Recorders, unless the board of county commissioners designates a different official;

4. Ordained ministers of the gospel, priests, and clergy, authorized by recognized denominations; and

5. By any individual authorized by the rituals and practices of any religious persuasion.

14-03-10. Marriage may not be solemnized without license.

A person may not solemnize any marriage until the parties to the marriage produce a license regularly issued not more than sixty days before the date of the marriage by:

1. A recorder serving the county in which either of the contracting parties resides or is temporarily domiciled, unless the board of county commissioners designates a different official;

2. A recorder serving the county in which a parent of either of the parties resides or is temporarily domiciled, unless the board of county commissioners designates a different official; or

3. A recorder serving the county in which the marriage is to be solemnized, unless the board of county commissioners designates a different official. For the purpose of obtaining a marriage license, a member of the armed forces of the United States stationed within the state of North Dakota is deemed to reside in the county in which that person is stationed.

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Adams County

336 Pacific Ave.
Hettinger, North Dakota

Phone: (701) 567-2460
Fax: (701) 567-2910
Adams County website »

Barnes County

230 4th St NW #201
Valley City, North Dakota

Phone: (701) 845-8506
Fax: (701) 845-8538
Barnes County website »

Benson County

311 B Ave South
Minnewaukan, North Dakota

Phone: (701) 473-5332
Fax: (701) 473-5571
Benson County website »

Billings County

495 4th St.
Medora, North Dakota

Billings County website »

Bottineau County

314 5th St. W., Suite 12
Bottineau, North Dakota

Phone: (701) 228-3983
Fax: (701) 228-2336
Bottineau County website »

Bowman County

104 1st St NW, Suite 3
Bowman, North Dakota

Phone: (701) 523-3450
Fax: (701) 523-5443
Bowman County website »

Burke County

103 Main St
Bowbells, North Dakota

Phone: (828) 764-9340
Fax: (828) 438-5463
Burke County website »

Burleigh County

221 N 5th St
Bismarck, North Dakota

Burleigh County website »

Cass County

211 9th Street South
Fargo, North Dakota

Phone: (701) 241-5620
Fax: (701) 241-5621
Cass County website »

Cavalier County

901 3rd Street
Langdon, North Dakota

Phone: (701) 256-2136
Fax: (701) 256-2566
Cavalier County website »

Dickey County

309 N. 2nd Street ⁄ P.O. Box 336
Ellendale, North Dakota

Phone: (701) 349-3249
Fax: (701) 349-3560
Dickey County website »

Divide County

200 North Main St.
Crosby, North Dakota

Phone: (701) 965-6661
Fax: (701) 965-6943
Divide County website »

Dunn County

205 Owens Street
Manning, North Dakota

Phone: (701) 573-4447
Fax: (701) 573-4444
Dunn County website »

Eddy County

524 Central Ave
New Rockford, North Dakota

Eddy County website »

Emmons County

100 4th St NW
Linton, North Dakota

Emmons County website »

Foster County

1000 5th St N
Carrington, North Dakota

Phone: (701) 652-2491
Fax: (701) 652-2173
Foster County website »

Golden Valley County

150 1st Avenue SE
Beach, North Dakota

Phone: (701) 872-3713
Fax: (701) 872-4383
Golden Valley County website »

Grand Forks County

151 S. 4th St.
Grand Forks, North Dakota

Grand Forks County website »

Grant County

2nd Ave and North Main
Carson, North Dakota

Phone: (701) 622-3544
Fax: (701) 622-3717
Grant County website »

Griggs County

808 Rollin Ave SW
Cooperstown, North Dakota

Phone: (701) 797-2771
Fax: (701) 797-3587
Griggs County website »

Hettinger County

336 Pacific Ave
Mott, North Dakota

Hettinger County website »

Kidder County

120 East Broadway
Steele, North Dakota

Kidder County website »

LaMoure County

202 4th Ave NE
LaMoure, North Dakota

Phone: (701) 883-6070
Fax: (701) 883-4220
LaMoure County website »

Logan County

301 Broadway
Napoleon, North Dakota

Phone: (701) 754-2751
Fax: (701) 754-2270
Logan County website »

McHenry County

407 Main Street S. Room 203
Towner, North Dakota

Phone: (701) 537-5729
Fax: (701) 537-0555
McHenry County website »

McIntosh County

112 1st St NE
Ashley, North Dakota

Phone: (701) 288-3589
Fax: (701) 288-3671
McIntosh County website »

McKenzie County

201 5th St NW Suite 524
Watford City, North Dakota

McKenzie County website »

McLean County

712 5th Avenue
Washburn, North Dakota

Phone: (701) 462-8541
Fax: (701) 462-3633
McLean County website »

Mercer County

1021 Arthur St.
Stanton, North Dakota

Mercer County website »

Morton County

210 2nd Ave NW
Mandan, North Dakota

Morton County website »

Mountrail County

101 N. Main St.
Stanley, North Dakota

Mountrail County website »

Nelson County

210 B Ave W # 203
Lakota, North Dakota

Phone: (701) 247-2433
Fax: (701) 247-2412
Nelson County website »

Oliver County

115 Main St.
Center, North Dakota

Phone: (701) 794-8777
Fax: (701) 794-3476
Oliver County website »

Pembina County

301 Dakota Street W #10
Cavalier, North Dakota

Pembina County website »

Pierce County

111 W. Court Street, Room #1
Pierce, North Dakota

Pierce County website »

Ramsey County

524 4th Avenue NE Unit 30
Devils Lake, North Dakota

Phone: (701) 662-7018
Fax: (701) 662-7093
Ramsey County website »

Ransom County

204 5th Avenue West
Lisbon, North Dakota

Phone: (701) 683-6120
Fax: (701) 683-5827
Ransom County website »

Renville County

165 93rd St NW
Mohall, North Dakota

Renville County website »

Richland County

418 2nd Ave N
Wahpeton, North Dakota

Phone: (701) 642-7700
Fax: (701) 642-7701
Richland County website »

Rolette County

102 2nd St NE
Rolla, North Dakota

Rolette County website »

Sargent County

355 Main Street South, Suite 2
Forman, North Dakota

Sargent County website »

Sheridan County

215 2nd St. East
McClusky, North Dakota

Phone: (701) 363-2207
Fax: (701) 363-2953
Sheridan County website »

Sioux County

302 2nd Ave / PO Box L
Fort Yates, North Dakota

Sioux County website »

Slope County

206 South Main St / PO Box JJ
Amidon, North Dakota

Slope County website »

Stark County

51 3rd Street East
Dickinson, North Dakota

Phone: (701) 456-7645
Fax: (701) 456-7628
Stark County website »

Steele County

1 Washington Ave W.
Finley, North Dakota

Phone: (701) 524-2152
Fax: (701) 524-1715
Steele County website »

Stutsman County

511 2nd Ave SE Suite #102
Jamestown, North Dakota

Stutsman County website »

Towner County

315 2nd Street P.O. Box 517
Cando, North Dakota

Towner County website »

Traill County

114 West Caledonia
Hillsboro, North Dakota

Phone: (701) 636-4457
Fax: (701) 636-2527
Traill County website »

Walsh County

600 Cooper Avenue
Grafton, North Dakota

Phone: (701) 352-2380
Fax: (701) 352-3340
Walsh County website »

Ward County

225 Third St. SE
Minot, North Dakota

Phone: (701) 857-6413
Fax: (701) 857-6414
Ward County website »

Wells County

700 Railway Street N #125
Fessenden, North Dakota

Phone: (701) 547-3141
Fax: (701) 547-3719
Wells County website »

Williams County

205 East Broadway
Williston, North Dakota

Phone: (701) 577-4500
Fax: (701) 577-4510
Williams County website »