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Oklahoma Wedding Officiants No Longer Required to Register Before Performing a Marriage Ceremony

Published Friday, Nov. 4th, 2022

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Officiating a wedding ceremony in Oklahoma just got easier! 



As of this week, AMM Ministers and other ordained wedding officiants in Oklahoma are no longer required to file their minister credentials with the court clerk’s office before performing a wedding ceremony.


Instead, ministers can now certify on the marriage license that they’re authorized to solemnize marriage by writing down their denomination and the organization with which they’re ordained when signing the license. 


The relevant section of § 43-7 now reads: “The preacher, minister, priest, rabbi, or ecclesiastical dignitary shall certify on the marriage certificate that he or she holds credentials or authority from his or her church or synagogue authorizing him or her to solemnize marriages.” See the full statute here. 



A clerk with the marriage license office at the Oklahoma County Courthouse told AMM that ministers must be in good standing with the organization that ordained them and complete all portions of the license.



Tips for completing an Oklahoma marriage license:

AMM Ministers: Write "Non-Denominational," unless the marriage was celebrated in accordance with a specific denominational rite, which you should specify.

Your ordination is through American Marriage Ministries, and this ordination never expires. If you need to verify your standing at any time, visit your Minister Profile online to view a PDF your ordination certificate, or call us at 206-395-9164. 



It’s important to note that ministers and licensed counselors who wish to offer premarital counseling will still need to file their credentials with the court clerk’s office using the same procedure as before. 


The updated law applies to resident and non-resident officiants, and is expected to make it easier for newly ordained officiants or those new to Oklahoma to officiate a wedding for the first time – especially friends and relatives who are asked to officiate during busy wedding seasons.



Other changes


Other important changes to Oklahoma’s marriage this month include more time to use and return the marriage license, and new provisions for name changes:


  • Marriage licenses will be valid for 30 days
  • Marriage licenses must be returned before expiration (within 30 days of being issued)
  • Name changes can be made on the license, but must be derived from the current legal name of either party


These changes were approved by the Governor in May following the passage of HB307, and went into effect on November 1st, 2022.


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Read: How to Become a Wedding Officiant in Oklahoma 


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






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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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