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How to Replace a Lost or Damaged AMM Ordination Certificate

Published Tuesday, Sep. 20th, 2022

Do you need to order replacement ordination documents, including a new ordination certificate or letter of good standing? 



In some states, ordained ministers are required to register with the local government before conducting a marriage ceremony there. This registration process usually asks the minister to prove their ordination status by submitting hardcopies of their ministry credentials, such as a notarized Letter of Good Standing and an Ordination Certificate issued by the church. 


See which states require minister registration here.


The minister registration process is fairly straightforward in most places… unless you can’t find your paperwork. That’s when things can get stressful, especially if you’ve been asked to officiate an upcoming wedding ceremony and the clock is ticking. 


If you lose or misplace your ordination certificate, don’t worry! Replacement documents can be purchased from the AMM Store.


Because your ordination through American Marriage Ministries never expires, we’ll always have a record of your ordination in our Minister Directory. This makes it easy to replace a lost or damaged ordination document at any time, without needing to repeat the ordination process. 


Just make sure you leave plenty of time before the wedding ceremony to receive your replacement document by mail and file it with your local clerk (this can take several weeks, depending on where you’re registering).


Worried about running out of time? Don’t hesitate to call our minister support line ( 206-395-9164 ) and we’ll do whatever we can to expedite the process. And check out our shipping options, because there’s probably a way to get them in time. 



Replacement Ordination Certificate 


To purchase an official hardcopy of your non-denominational ordination certificate, or any other required minister credentials, log into your minister account and head to the AMM Store. There, you can click on “Minister Credentials,” select the document you need, and complete your purchase. 


Order Minister Credentials


Order an official hardcopy of your Certificate from the AMM Store

A product photo of a standard Ordination Certificate issued to ordained ministers from American Marriage Ministries



Digital copy of Your Ordination Certificate


To access an unofficial, digital copy of your ordination certificate at any time, log into your minister account, view your Minister Profile, and click “View Ordination Certificate.” Download a PDF file of your document for your personal records by clicking the button at the bottom of the screen. 



Click "View Ordination Certificate"




Click "Download Your Ordination Certificate" for an unofficial digital copy 






If you’ve been asked to officiate a wedding for the first time, we recommend that you order a Minister Ordination Package for the best value. 


This Minister Ordination Package contains your Ordination Certificate, as well as your signed, dated, and notarized Letter of Good Standing, a copy of the AMM Minister's Manual instruction guide, and any required government registration applications. 

Product image of the AMM Signature Wedding Officiant Package






Get ordained online for free with American Marriage Ministries, and learn how to perform weddings for family and friends.


Find answers to this and other frequently asked questions by visiting AMM FAQ.



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Jessica Levey
Jessica Levey

Lead Staff Writer & Illustrator

Jessica loves exploring the history and magic of ritual, the connections between people and places, and sharing true stories about love and commitment. She's an advocate for marriage equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and individuality, and is an ordained Minister with AMM. When she’s not writing or illustrating for AMM, she enjoys city hikes, fantasy novels, comics, and traveling.

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