Oklahoma Marriage Laws

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

Quick Facts
  • ULC Ordination Accepted: Yes
  • Minister Registration Required: Yes
  • Minister's Residency: Irrelevant
  • Minister's Minimum Age: 18
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  • Marriage License Waiting Period: 0 Days
  • Marriage License Valid For: 10 Days
  • Marriage License Return Within: 5 Days

1 How to Become an Ordained Minister in Oklahoma

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 Oklahoma

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 Oklahoma

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 Oklahoma to get an Ordination Package and to add a Letter of Good Standing to their order. Minister registration is required in the state of Oklahoma; you must register with your local marriage authority before the marriages you perform will be accepted as having been legally solemnized. While registration requirements seem to vary from one county to another, our ULC ministers in the area have reported to us that the most commonly requested documents of them are their Ordination Credentials and their Letter of Good Standing. 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.

Please note that the State of Oklahoma requires the presence of at least two valid witnesses apart from the officiant at the wedding ceremony. Additionally, note that while the local marriage authority does offer temporary officiant licenses these tend to be more limited and more expensive than getting ordained online with the Universal Life Church.

4 How to Perform a Wedding in Oklahoma

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 Oklahoma marriage license from the appropriate office. This license will expire 10 days after it is issued, however there is a no mandatory waiting period between when the couple picks up the marriage license in Oklahoma and when the ceremony may legally be conducted. The signed license must be returned to the issuing office within 5 days of the ceremony. Please communicate with the couple to ensure that these deadlines are met, the state of Oklahoma has a more stringent timeline for the processing of marriage licenses than other states do. At the Universal Life Church we receive several calls from wedding officiants in Oklahoma, 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 Oklahoma 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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Oklahoma Marriage Code

Marriage in Oklahoma is governed by Title 43 of the Oklahoma Statutes. Ministers ordained online by the Universal Life Church have successfully performed thousands of weddings in the state. Below, you will find that we have reproduced the relevant excerpts of this code.
§43-7. Solemnization of marriages.

A. All marriages must be contracted by a formal ceremony performed or solemnized in the presence of at least two adult, competent persons as witnesses, by a judge or retired judge of any court in this state, or an ordained or authorized preacher or minister of the Gospel, priest or other ecclesiastical dignitary of any denomination who has been duly ordained or authorized by the church to which he or she belongs to preach the Gospel, or a rabbi and who is at least eighteen (18) years of age.

B. 1. The judge shall place his or her order of appointment on file with the office of the court clerk of the county in which he or she resides.

2. The preacher, minister, priest, rabbi, or ecclesiastical dignitary who is a resident of this state shall have filed, in the office of the court clerk of the county in which he or she resides, a copy of the credentials or authority from his or her church or synagogue authorizing him or her to solemnize marriages.

3. The preacher, minister, priest, rabbi, or ecclesiastical dignitary who is not a resident of this state, but has complied with the laws of the state of which he or she is a resident, shall have filed once, in the office of the court clerk of the county in which he or she intends to perform or solemnize a marriage, a copy of the credentials or authority from his or her church or synagogue authorizing him or her to solemnize marriages.

4. The filing by resident or nonresident preachers, ministers, priests, rabbis, ecclesiastical dignitaries or judges shall be effective in and for all counties of this state; provided, no fee shall be charged for such recording.

C. No person herein authorized to perform or solemnize a marriage ceremony shall do so unless the license issued therefor be first delivered into his or her possession nor unless he or she has good reason to believe the persons presenting themselves before him or her for marriage are the identical persons named in the license, and for whose marriage the same was issued, and that there is no legal objection or impediment to such marriage.

D. Marriages between persons belonging to the society called Friends, or Quakers, the spiritual assembly of the Baha'is, or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which have no ordained minister, may be solemnized by the persons and in the manner prescribed by and practiced in any such society, church, or assembly.

View the Oklahoma Statutes on the official state site
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Adair County

220 West Division Street
Stilwell, Oklahoma

Adair County website »

Alfalfa County

300 S. Grand Avenue
Cherokee, Oklahoma

Alfalfa County website »

Atoka County

200 E Court St # 203W
Atoka, Oklahoma

Phone: (580) 889-3565
Fax: (580) 889-7584
Atoka County website »

Beaver County

111 West 2nd Street
Beaver, Oklahoma

Phone: (580) 625-3418
Fax: (580) 625-3430
Beaver County website »

Beckham County

302 E Main St #101
Sayre, Oklahoma

Phone: (580) 928-3330
Fax: (580) 928-9278
Beckham County website »

Blaine County

212 North Weigle Avenue
Watonga, Oklahoma

Phone: (580) 924-1446
Fax: (580) 924-1446
Blaine County website »

Bryan County

402 West Evergreen Street
Durant, Oklahoma

Bryan County website »

Caddo County

201 South West Oklahoma Avenue
Anadarko, Oklahoma

Caddo County website »

Canadian County

301 N. Choctaw
El Reno, Oklahoma

Phone: (405) 295-6160
Fax: (405) 422-2429
Canadian County website »

Carter County

#20 "B" St SW
Ardmore, Oklahoma

Carter County website »

Cherokee County

213 W Delaware St,
Tahlequah, Oklahoma

Cherokee County website »

Choctaw County

300 E Duke St
Hugo, Oklahoma

Choctaw County website »

Cimarron County

1 Courthouse Sq
Boise City, Oklahoma

Cimarron County website »

Cleveland County

201 S. Jones Ave.
Norman, Oklahoma

Cleveland County website »

Coal County

4 N Main St # 9
Coalgate, Oklahoma

Coal County website »

Comanche County

315 SW 5th St, Suite 504
Lawton, Oklahoma

Comanche County website »

Cotton County

301 N Broadway St
Walters, Oklahoma

Cotton County website »

Craig County

210 W. Delaware
Vinita, Oklahoma

Craig County website »

Creek County

222 East Dewey, Ste 201
SAPULPA, Oklahoma

Creek County website »

Custer County

675 West "B" Street
Arapaho, Oklahoma

Phone: (580) 323-3233
Fax: (580) 331-1121
Custer County website »

Delaware County

327 S 5th St
Jay, Oklahoma

Delaware County website »

Dewey County

RUBLE Ave At S Broadway St
Taloga, Oklahoma

Dewey County website »

Ellis County

100 Washington St # 2
Arnett, Oklahoma

Ellis County website »

Garfield County

PO Box 1664
Enid, Oklahoma

Phone: (580) 237-0225
Fax: (580) 249-5951
Garfield County website »

Garvin County

201 W. Grant, 2nd Fl.
Pauls Valley, Oklahoma

Garvin County website »

Grady County

PO Box 1009
Chickasha, Oklahoma

Phone: (405) 224-7388
Fax: (405) 222-4506
Grady County website »

Grant County

112 E Guthrie, Room 102
Medford, Oklahoma

Phone: (580) 395-2274
Fax: (580) 395-2086
Grant County website »

Greer County

100 S Pennsylvania Ave
Mangum, Oklahoma

Greer County website »

Harmon County

114 W. Hollis
Hollis, Oklahoma

Harmon County website »

Harper County

P. O. Box 369,
Buffalo, Oklahoma

Harper County website »

Haskell County

105 SE 3rd Unit C
Stigler, Oklahoma

Haskell County website »

Hughes County

200 N. Broadway, Ste. 5
Holdenville, Oklahoma

Hughes County website »

Jackson County

101 N Main St # 203
Altus, Oklahoma

Jackson County website »

Jefferson County

220 N. Main, Rm 103
Waurika, Oklahoma

Jefferson County website »

Johnston County

403 W. Main, Rm. 101
Tishomingo, Oklahoma

Johnston County website »

Kay County

P. O. Box 450
Newkirk, Oklahoma

Kay County website »

Kingfisher County

101 S. Main, Rm. 3
Kingfisher, Oklahoma

Kingfisher County website »

Kiowa County

P. O. Box 73
Hobart, Oklahoma

Kiowa County website »

Latimer County

109 N. Central, Rm. 103
Wilburton, Oklahoma

Latimer County website »

Le Flore County

320 Robert S. Kerr, Room 203
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Phone: (405) 713-1540
Fax: (405) 713-7171
Le Flore County website »

Lincoln County

P.O. Box 126
Chandler, Oklahoma

Lincoln County website »

Logan County

301 E. Harrison, Suite 102
Guthrie, Oklahoma

Phone: (405) 282-0266
Fax: (405) 282-0267
Logan County website »

Love County

405 West Main, Suite 203
Marietta, Oklahoma

Phone: (580) 276-3059
Fax: (580) 276-3624
Love County website »

Major County

P. O. Box 379
Fairview, Oklahoma

Major County website »

Marshall County

PO Box 824
Madill, Oklahoma

Phone: (580) 795-3220
Fax: (580) 795-7596
Marshall County website »

Mayes County

One Court Place, Suite 120
Pryor, Oklahoma

Phone: (918) 825-2426
Fax: (918) 825-3803
Mayes County website »

McClain County

PO Box 629
Purcell, Oklahoma

McClain County website »

McCurtain County

P. O. Box 1078
Idabel, Oklahoma

McCurtain County website »

McIntosh County

P. O. Box 110
Eufaula, Oklahoma

McIntosh County website »

Murray County

1001 West Wyandotte St.
Sulphur, Oklahoma

Murray County website »

Muskogee County

200 State St.
Muskogee, Oklahoma

Muskogee County website »

Noble County

300 Courthouse Drive, Suite 14
Perry, Oklahoma

Noble County website »

Nowata County

229 North Maple St.
Nowata, Oklahoma

Nowata County website »

Okfuskee County

209 North 3rd St.
Okemah, Oklahoma

Okfuskee County website »

Oklahoma County

320 Robert S. Kerr, Room 402
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma County website »

Okmulgee County

314 W 7th St. #203
Okmulgee, Oklahoma

Okmulgee County website »

Osage County

600 Grandview Ave.
Pawhuska, Oklahoma

Osage County website »

Ottawa County

102 East Central, Ste 203
Miami, Oklahoma

Phone: (918) 542-2801
Fax: (918) 542-8482
Ottawa County website »

Pawnee County

500 Harrison St.
Pawnee, Oklahoma

Pawnee County website »

Payne County

606 S. Husband Street, Rooms 206 & 207
Stillwater, Oklahoma

Payne County website »

Pittsburg County

115 East Carl Albert Pkwy., Suite 14
McAlester, Oklahoma

Pittsburg County website »

Pontotoc County

100 West 13th St.
Ada, Oklahoma

Pontotoc County website »

Pottawatomie County

325 North Broadway
Shawnee, Oklahoma

Pottawatomie County website »

Pushmataha County

302 Southwest B Street
Antlers, Oklahoma

Pushmataha County website »

Roger Mills County

500 East Broadway St.
Cheyenne, Oklahoma

Roger Mills County website »

Rogers County

200 S. Lynn Riggs Blvd.
Claremore, Oklahoma

Phone: (918) 923-4796
Fax: (918) 923-4432
Rogers County website »

Seminole County

120 South Wewoka Ave.
Wewoka, Oklahoma

Seminole County website »

Sequoyah County

120 East Chickasaw Avenue
Sallisaw, Oklahoma

Sequoyah County website »

Stephens County

101 S 11th St. Ste. 203
Duncan, Oklahoma

Stephens County website »

Texas County

P. O. Box 197
Guymon, Oklahoma

Texas County website »

Tillman County

201 North Main St.
Frederick, Oklahoma

Tillman County website »

Tulsa County

500 S. Denver
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa County website »

Wagoner County

307 E. Cherokee
Wagoner, Oklahoma

Phone: (918) 485-4508
Fax: (918) 485-7929
Wagoner County website »

Washington County

400 S. Johnstone Ave.
Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Washington County website »

Washita County

111 East Main St. #3
Cordell, Oklahoma

Washita County website »

Woods County

407 Government St.
Alva, Oklahoma

Woods County website »

Woodward County

1600 Main Street Suite 8
Woodward, Oklahoma

Woodward County website »