Stay up to date with the latest wedding ceremony trends, script writing inspiration, tips and advice for first-time officiants, and news that matters to couples and wedding ministers.

You’ll have more time to use an Oklahoma marriage license beginning November 2022

Published Tuesday, May. 17th, 2022


Couples will have more time to use and return a marriage license in Oklahoma this fall, but fewer options for legal name changes, plus updates to the wedding officiant registration process 




Wedding officiants and couples will have more time to use and return a marriage license in Oklahoma beginning later this year, but fewer options for making a legal name change with the form.


Legislators in Oklahoma passed House Bill 3075 last week, making several important changes to the state’s marriage laws. In addition to changing the registration requirements for marriage officiants in the state, the bill: 


  • Extends the marriage license expiration period from 10 days to 30 days

(This is the amount of time a marriage license is valid after being issued.)


  • Extends the return period from 5 days after the ceremony to 30 days from issuance

(This is the amount of time an officiant or couple has to return their signed marriage license / certificate to the county clerk following the wedding ceremony.)


  • Limits the type of legal name changes that can be made on the license 

(Name changes are updates to the full name by which a party will be known after the marriage)


Beginning in November, acceptable name changes made on a marriage license will be limited to a “combination of the legal first, middle, and last names, given names and surnames, of either party, including segments of names or initials, with or without hyphens.” The new law further clarifies that “the marriage certificate shall not be used to change the name of a party to an entirely different name which is not derived from the legal name of either party.” 


See the full text for HB3075 here. 


These changes to the marriage license expiration and return period may alleviate stress for busy couples planning a wedding during the country’s current ‘wedding boom’ by giving them more time to use and return their marriage license. 



Related: Marriage License Waiting Period, Expiration, and Return Period explained 


An estimated 2.6 million couples are expected to marry this year, more than any other year during the past four decades. (via Brides and Bloomberg)



Read about the updated registration requirements for wedding officiants in Oklahoma here. 


Learn more about marriage license Expiration Periods, Return Periods, and Waiting Periods here. 





Get ordained! 


How to Become a Wedding Officiant in Oklahoma


Friends and family members can perform wedding ceremonies in Oklahoma if they’ve been ordained. Get ordained online with American Marriage Ministries to get started.



This article was updated May 12th, 2023


You might also like: 




Wedding Officiant Training:


Completing The Marriage License

Close up photo of a female wedding officiant signing a marriage license with a gold pen


Gain a comprehensive understanding of the marriage license and how it relates to the officiant and the couple with this easy to use training resource.





Asked to officiate?  


You only get one shot to deliver a perfect wedding ceremony.



There’s no ‘take-two’ when it comes time for a couple to say ‘I do’--  Wedding officiants only get one shot to perform a perfect wedding ceremony. 








Give yourself the tools and training you deserve to succeed as a wedding officiant, so that you can stand beside the lucky couple with complete confidence on their big day. 







How To Officiate By State

Will You Marry Us? Gift Package

Who Will Officiate Your Wedding?

Choose Your Officiant with our "Will You Marry Us?" Gift Package.

Signature Wedding Officiant Package

Signature Wedding Officiant Package

Our premiere package contains everyting you need to officiate like a pro.

The Book of Wedding Vows and Ceremonies

The Book of Wedding Vows and Ceremonies

It's finally here! Timeless scripts and heartfelt vow inspiration to bring life to your ceremony.

Professional Wedding Officiant Certification Course

Learn from the Pros to Officiate with Confidence!

Wedding Officiant Training

Wedding Officiant Training

Everything you need to know to officiate.

Read our sample wedding ceremony scripts online

Sample Wedding Ceremony Scripts

Need inspiration? Check out our free ceremony scripts!

Subscribe To Our Newsletter!


Become a Wedding Officiant with Our Free Online Ordination!