AMM Frequently Asked Questions


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How Much Does Your Online Ordination Cost?

A lot of people want to know, "How much does it cost to get ordained online?". Generally, the cost of getting ordained online is determined by the religious organization offering ordination. With most religious institutions there is a cost to become ordained. This can be a nominal fee or thousands of dollars and years of seminary study.


With American Marriage Ministries there is no cost to get ordained online. Our ordination is free. We believe that there should be no cost to get ordained if your intention is to officiate wedding ceremonies.


Our ordination is free for people of all walks of life, whether they are religious, non-religious, straight, gay, or prefer eating kale salads over pizza.

Our mission is to lower the barriers of entry so that all people can exercise their right to officiate wedding ceremonies. Part of lowering those barriers is by removing the financial barrier. You don't have to pay for Google Maps and you shouldn't have to pay to become an AMM minister.

That being said, we truly appreciate donations and purchases from our store. We are a brick and mortar institution after all. And just like any other institution we have overhead and costs to maintaining our Church. If you choose to donate or buy something, we are deeply grateful. Those contributions make a tangible difference in perpetuating our organization.

Beyond ordination, there are no annual fees, or other ordained minister cost to keep your ordination in good standing. You only have to get ordained once for free and you will be one of our ministers in Good Standing for as long as you wish to remain an AMM minister.


How Much Does it Cost to Become an Officiant

The question of "How much does it cost to become an ordained minister?" usually has the follow-up question of "How much does it cost to become a wedding officiant?". These are two related but distinct questions. As stated above, we do not charge for ordination. However the question of how much does it cost to become an officiant is not determined by us at AMM but by the state, county, city, or town where you plan on officiating the wedding.


In most States there is no officiant license cost, and along with our free ordination you can officiate weddings for free. That being said, some localities require that officiants register with a government office prior to officiating any weddings. In such cases there are wedding officiant license costs, as you will likely need to order paperwork from us as well as pay a government filing fee. Check out the list below for the places in the US that require minister to register with the government as wedding officiants before performing marriage:

  1. Arkansas
  2. District of Columbia
  3. Hawaii
  4. Louisiana
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Minnesota
  7. Nevada
  8. New Hampshire
  9. New York
  10. Ohio
  11. Oklahoma
  12. Puerto Rico
  13. Vermont
  14. Virginia
  15. West Virginia






▸ What are American Marriage Ministries Beliefs? ▸ Is American Marriage Ministries a Legal Church?


▸ How Long Does it Take to Get Ordained Online? ▸ Can I Provide Premarital Counseling or Education? ▸ Can I Perform Other Ceremonies Such as Baptisms and Funerals? ▸ I saw this website saying you may not be legal. What is that about? ▸ Are Your Online Ordinations Legal? ▸ Will Getting Ordained as a Minister Affect My Taxes?

▸ How Much Does Your Online Ordination Cost?

▸ Are Your Online Ordinations Valid In My State? ▸ Does Your Ordination Expire? ▸ Is American Marriage Ministries Legally Valid in Tennessee? ▸ How Do I Become Ordained Online? ▸ What is My Title Once I Get Ordained Online? ▸ What Does it Take to Become an Ordained Minister? ▸ How Do I Get Ordained Online? ▸ Does an online church need to be a 501(c)3 recognized organization for the ordination to be valid?


▸ Which address should I write on the marriage license? ▸ What do I do with the marriage license after the Wedding? ▸ Does the Officiant Have to Return the Marriage License?


▸ What is My Minister ID, and Where Can I Find It? ▸ How Do I Manage My Privacy Settings? ▸ Can I Print My Ordination Certificate From The Website? ▸ How do I deactivate my account?


▸ Can I Perform Same-Sex Marriage? ▸ How Do I Know The Wedding I Officiate Will Be Legal? ▸ Do I need to register with the government before performing a marriage? ▸ What Do I Say When Officiating the Wedding? ▸ Can I Legally Officiate Weddings as an AMM Minister? ▸ Is There a Legally Prescribed Place to Officiate a Wedding? ▸ Can I Officiate Weddings in Other States? ▸ Can I Officiate Weddings in Another Country? ▸ Does a wedding ceremony have legal wording requirements? ▸ I am not a U.S. citizen. Can I officiate weddings in the U.S.? ▸ What is a Marriage Officiant? ▸ Can I perform weddings in North Carolina as an American Marriage Ministries Minister? ▸ What Does an Officiant Say at a Wedding? ▸ Can I officiate remote weddings over the internet without being present at the ceremony?


▸ How Will I Know My Order Was Placed? ▸ I Need My Ordination Certificate! ▸ Can I Bill and Ship to Separate Addresses? ▸ Can Someone Else Pay for My Order? ▸ Is My Payment Secure? ▸ What Payment Methods Do you Accept? ▸ Why Is My Order Not Going Through? ▸ What Is Your Return Policy? ▸ Can I Place an Order by mail or Over the Phone? ▸ Will I Be Charged Sales Tax? ▸ Which State Should I Select When Ordering My Minister Ordination Package? ▸ What is the Expiration Date on my Letter of Good Standing for? ▸ What Kind of Shipping Options Do You Offer?

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