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Minnesota might add ‘notary public’ to list of qualified marriage officiants

Published Friday, Apr. 21st, 2023

Lawmakers in MN consider adding notaries to state's list of qualified marriage officiants



Lawmakers in Minnesota will soon decide whether or not notary publics will be allowed to perform civil marriage ceremonies in the state. 


A measure that would add notaries to the state’s qualified officiant list has already passed in the House, and is now being considered in the Senate. 


If passed, the change would not affect AMM Ministers who wish to officiate weddings in Minnesota. House Bill 1826 (HF1826, sponsored by Rep. Ginny Klevorn) contains several proposed policy amendments, and would create a new statute specific to Civil Marriage Officiants. This statute would give notaries the power to solemnize marriages, once they’ve filed their credentials with a local county registrar. 



The statute would also create new provisions for a past or current Minnesota elected official to perform a civil ceremony. 


Currently, notary publics cannot solemnize marriage in Minnesota. Qualified officiants must be at least 21 years old, and include various state judges and administrators, and recognized clergy – including ministers ordained through American Marriage Ministries. 



Notary publics are only authorized to perform marriage in a few states at this time, including Alabama, Florida, Montana, Maine, Nevada, South Carolina, and Tennessee.


Related: How to Tell if Your Officiant Can Perform a Legal Wedding






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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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