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Clark County, Las Vegas, issues new rules, making it easier for online-ordained ministers and others to perform weddings

Published Thursday, Feb. 28th, 2019

After years of lobbying by ministers and couples, the Clark County government, which includes Las Vegas, has made it easier for online-ordained ministers to officiate weddings, regardless of religious affiliation. The updated requirements remove the need for officiants to submit proof of their religious affiliation, opening the option up to anyone that completes the appropriate application process, pays the applicable fee(s) and completes the required training. 


While Clark County has recognized American Marriage Ministries ordinations for a decade now, this decision opens the doors to ministers of other religious organizations.


American Marriage Ministries applauds this decision by the Clark County Government, which lowers the barriers to marriage for couples of all stripes. We would also like to thank our ministers and other partners for supporting our efforts, and for working tirelessly to promote marriage equality across the country.


“We do not require you to have or submit proof of any religious affiliation, this is reflected in the wording of our new application,” the Clark County Clerk’s Office told American Marriage Ministries (AMM). 


Las Vegas, Nevada is one of the most popular wedding destinations in the US.


This development means that AMM ministers will no longer be required to submit proof of their ordination to the county office. That said, these developments apply only to Clark County. The other Nevada counties requirements remain unchanged. Our online ordinations are recognized in all counties across Nevada, as well as nationally. Click here to get ordained online.


We have updated the documentation enclosed in our Nevada Minister Ordination Packages, and provide links to updated registration instructions for the Clark County, and other Nevada counties in our Wedding Officiant Instructions. Nevada has some of the strictest registration requirements in the country, and our Minister Ordination Package takes the guesswork and research out of the process. 


Below are the two Wedding Officiant options available in Clark County:


For 5-year unlimited authority to conduct marriages in Clark County, the following is required:


  • Live in Clark County, Nevada
  • Apply with the Clark County Clerk
  • Pass a required background check
  • Attend an in-person training course


For more details, check out our page on officiating weddings in Las Vegas, Clark County.

In order to perform a single wedding ceremony in Las Vegas, Clark County you must:


  • Apply in the county where the marriage will take place
  • Take the free online course to determine eligibility and obtain the application packet
  • Provide a notarized character reference from the couple you are marrying (included in the application)


For more information about how to get ordained online and perform weddings in Nevada, including Las Vegas, check out our State Minister Registration page.

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