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.
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: