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Were You Told You Can’t Officiate a Wedding in North Carolina Because You Were Ordained Online? Read This!

Published Tuesday, Mar. 21st, 2023

Photo: Mark Stebnicki

Hey, AMM Ministers in North Carolina:


Were you told you can’t officiate a wedding because you were ordained online? We want to hear from you!



Ministers who are ordained online through American Marriage Ministries can perform weddings in North Carolina. The law is clear on this, and it’s been confirmed multiple times.


But occasionally, we hear from ministers who have been told by a registrar or clerk that their credentials aren’t valid in the state. This false information is sometimes shared online and in conversation, and can spread quickly throughout the officiant community. 


Clerks and registrars who provide inaccurate information (whether intentionally or accidentally) can create a lot of confusion, especially for professional wedding officiants and ministers who want to ensure that the services they provide are legal. Inaccurate information like this also leads to unnecessary stress and uncertainty for engaged couples, who aren’t sure if they can ask a friend or relative to get ordained online to marry them. (They can, by the way.)


So to help stop this confusion at the source, we’re turning to you – our ministers on the ground in North Carolina!


If you’re an AMM Minister living anywhere in North Carolina and have been told by someone working in a Register of Deeds office that you cannot solemnize a marriage because you’ve been ordained online, please let us know.



Contact us with as much information about the conversation as possible, including: 


  • Your Name and Minister ID #
  • The Location of the clerk’s office
  • The Name of the Clerk or Registrar you spoke with 
  • What the Clerk or Registrar told you regarding your ordination


How to Contact American Marriage Ministries: 


  • EMAIL: [email protected]
  • PHONE: 206-395-9164
  • OFFICE HOURS: Monday - Friday | 10am - 5pm PST



We’ll make note of your information and follow up with offices that appear to be sharing false or incomplete information with officiants and couples. 


In the meantime, read more about your rights and what it means to be an AMM Minister in North Carolina: Can I perform weddings in North Carolina as an American Marriage Ministries Minister?



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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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