Washington Marriage Laws

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

Quick Facts
  • ULC Ordination Accepted: Yes
  • Minister Registration Required: No
  • Minister's Residency: Irrelevant
  • Minister's Minimum Age: 18
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  • Marriage License Waiting Period: 3 Days
  • Marriage License Valid For: 60 Days
  • Marriage License Return Within: By Expiration

1 How to Become an Ordained Minister in Washington

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 Washington

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 Washington

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 Washington to get an Ordination Package. While minister registration is not required in the state of Washington, you may be asked to present proof of your ordination before your county clerk will accept any marriage you perform as having been legally solemnized; additionally, having that proof of ordination can provide a great deal of peace-of-mind for the couple you plan to marry. 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.

Side note: Seattle, Washington is the home for the nationwide headquarters of the Universal Life Church. We're so exciting to learn that you are planning to perform a wedding or get married in our backyard. We would invite you to submit photos of any event that you attend or participate in to our online wedding gallery.

4 How to Perform a Wedding in Washington

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 Washington marriage license from the appropriate office. This license is valid for 60 days, but there is a mandatory 3-day waiting period between when the couple picks up the marriage license in Washington and when the ceremony may legally be conducted. Please be aware that the signed license must be returned to the issuing office by its date of expiry. At the Universal Life Church we receive several calls from wedding officiants in Washington, 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 Washington 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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Washington Marriage Code

Marriage in Washington is governed by Chapter 4 of Title 26 of the Revised Code of Washington. Ordained ministers of the Universal Life Church have successfully solemnized thousands of weddings in the state. Below, you will find that we have reproduced a relevant excerpt of this code.
The following named officers and persons, active or retired, are hereby authorized to solemnize marriages, to wit: Justices of the supreme court, judges of the court of appeals, judges of the superior courts, supreme court commissioners, court of appeals commissioners, superior court commissioners, any regularly licensed or ordained minister or any priest, imam, rabbi, or similar official of any religious organization, and judges of courts of limited jurisdiction as defined in RCW 3.02.010.

[2012 c 3 § 4 (Referendum Measure No. 74, approved November 6, 2012); 2007 c 29 § 1; 1987 c 291 § 1; 1984 c 258 § 95; 1983 c 186 § 1; 1971 c 81 § 69; 1913 c 35 § 1; 1890 p 98 § 1; 1883 p 43 § 1; Code 1881 § 2382; 1866 p 82 § 4; 1854 p 404 § 4; RRS § 8441.]

View the Washington Statutes on the official state site
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Adams County

210 West Broadway
Ritzville, Washington

Phone: (509) 659-3247
Fax: (509) 659-3254
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Asotin County

135 Second St.
Asotin, Washington

Phone: (509) 243-2084
Fax: (509) 243-2087
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Benton County

620 Market St
Prosser, Washington

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Chelan County

350 Orondo Ave
Wenatchee, Washington

Phone: (509) 667-6810
Fax: (509) 667-6825
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Clallam County

223 E. 4th St. suite 1
Port Angeles, Washington

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Clark County

1300 Franklin St, 2nd Floor
Vancouver, Washington

Phone: (360) 397-2243
Fax: (360) 397-2137
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Columbia County

341 E. Main St.
Dayton, Washington

Phone: (509) 382-4541
Fax: (509) 382-4830
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Cowlitz County

207 N. 4th Ave.
Kelso, Washington

Phone: (360) 577-3002
Fax: (360) 414-5552
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Douglas County

213 S. Rainier Street
Waterville, Washington

Phone: (509) 745-8527
Fax: (509) 745-8812
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Ferry County

84 E Delaware
Republic, Washington

Phone: (509) 775-3789
Fax: (509) 775-5208
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Franklin County

1016 N. 4th Ave.
Pasco, Washington

Phone: (509) 545-3502
Fax: (509) 543-2995
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Garfield County

789 W. Main St.
Pomeroy, Washington

Phone: (509) 843-1411
Fax: (509) 843-3941
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Grant County

35 C St NW
Ephrata, Washington

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Grays Harbor County

100 W Broadway, Suite 2
Montesano, Washington

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Island County

1 NE 7th Street
Coupeville, Washington

Phone: (360) 679-7366
Fax: (360) 240-5553
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Jefferson County

1820 Jefferson Street
Port Townsend, Washington

Phone: (360) 385-9116
Fax: (360) 385-9228
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King County

500 Fourth Ave., Suite 430
Seattle, Washington

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Kitsap County

619 Division St
Port Orchard, Washington

Phone: (206) 477-6620
Fax: (360) 337-4645
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Kittitas County

205 W 5th Suite 105
Ellensburg, Washington

Phone: (509) 962-7504
Fax: (509) 962-7687
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Klickitat County

205 S Columbus, Stop 2
Goldendale, Washington

Phone: (509) 773-4001
Fax: (509) 773-4244
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Lewis County

351 NW North St
Chehalis, Washington

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Lincoln County

450 Logan, 1st Floor
Davenport, Washington

Phone: (509) 725-4971
Fax: (509) 725-0820
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Mason County

411 N 5th St
Shelton, Washington

Phone: (360) 427-9670
Fax: (360) 427-1753
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Okanogan County

149 3rd Ave N, Room 104
Okanogan, Washington

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Pacific County

300 Memorial Drive
South Bend, Washington

Phone: (360) 875-9318
Fax: (360) 875-9333
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Pend Oreille County

625 W 4th Street
Newport, Washington

Phone: (509) 447-3185
Fax: 509‐447‐2734
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Pierce County

2401 S 35th St Room 200
Tacoma, Washington

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San Juan County

350 Court Street 1st Floor
Friday Harbor, Washington

Phone: (360) 378-2161
Fax: (360) 378-6256
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Skagit County

700 S. Second Street
Mount Vernon, Washington

Phone: (360) 416-1704
Fax: (360) 416-1698
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Skamania County

240 NW Vancouver Ave
Stevenson, Washington

Phone: (509) 427-3730
Fax: (509) 427-3740
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Snohomish County

3000 Rockefeller Ave. M/S 204
Everett, Washington

Phone: (425) 388-3483
Fax: (425) 259-2777
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Spokane County

1116 W Broadway Avenue
Spokane, Washington

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Stevens County

215 South Oak Street, Room # 106
Colville, Washington

Phone: (509) 684-7514
Fax: (509) 684-7568
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Thurston County

2000 Lakeridge Drive SW Building 1, Rm. 106
Olympia, Washington

Phone: (360) 786-5406
Fax: (360) 786-5223
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Wahkiakum County

64 Main St
Cathlamet, Washington

Phone: (360) 795-3219
Fax: (360) 795-0824
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Walla Walla County

315 West Main St.
Walla Walla, Washington

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Whatcom County

311 Grand Avenue Suite 103
Bellingham, Washington

Phone: (360) 778-5100
Fax: (360) 778-5101
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Whitman County

400 N. Main Street
Colfax, Washington

Phone: (509) 397-6270
Fax: (509) 397-6351
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Yakima County

128 N 2nd Street
Yakima, Washington

Phone: (509) 574-1400
Fax: (509) 574-1341
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