AMM Frequently Asked Questions

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I am not a U.S. citizen. Can I officiate weddings in the U.S.?

Yes, with the exception of the state of Nevada. The state of Nevada currently has minister registration laws that make it prohibitive for non-us citizens to officiate wedding ceremonies in the state. That being said, you can conduct the wedding ceremony in Nevada so long as an authorized person signs the marriage license.

In the other 49 states and US territories you do not need to be a US citizen to officiate wedding ceremonies. Most religious institutions predate the founding of the American Republic and the US Constitution was set up to respect the rights of all religious officials regardless of nationality.

Consider the Catholic church for instance. Many Catholic Priests, Bishops, and so on are not US citizens however they regularly conduct marriage rites.

If you are not a U.S. citizen and you plan on officiating a wedding in the United States you are subject to the same laws as U.S. citizens. This means that you must register with the government in states where minister registration is required. Below are a list of U.S. States where ministers must register before officiating weddings.

States Requiring Officiant Registration

  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

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



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