How to Officiate a Wedding in Las Vegas, Nevada

5 Steps to Registering with the Clark County Clerk

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Las Vegas might be the “Wedding Capital of the World,” but that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily the easiest place to file your paperwork and get registered with the local government. In fact, Clark County, where Las Vegas is located, has strict requirements that wedding officiants have to follow in order to perform wedding ceremonies. For out-of-towners, or first-time officiants, these requirements might be daunting, but we’ve broken them down into easy-to-follow steps, so that you can focus on what really matters – performing the wedding ceremony.

All Wedding Officiants Must Register with the Clark County Clerk

The Clark County Clerk has two registration options for ordained minister wedding officiants: You can request permission to perform a Single Ceremony or you can apply for Permanent Status. Where you live, the number of weddings you plan to perform, and the time and resources you want to dedicate will determine which option you choose, so let’s start by comparing the two.

SINGLE CEREMONY APPLICATION

  • Available to Residents and Non-Residents of Nevada.
  • Requires the couple to sign a Character Reference Affidavit in the presence of a Notary.
  • Requires you to take an online Single Ceremony Marriage Officiant Training Course.
  • Requires you to pay a total application fee of $25.
  • Your certification can take up to 30 days.
  • Go To Single Ceremony Instructions

    PERMANENT STATUS APPLICATION

  • Only available to Nevada residents.
  • Officiant must attend a 2 Hour Officiant Training Course at the Clark County Government Center.
  • Requires officiant to complete a background check. This incurs an additional fee and processing time.
  • Requires you to pay a total application fee of $74.
  • Your certification can take up to 60 days.
  • Go To Permanent Status Instructions

    If those requirements seem complicated, don’t worry. At this point all you need to do is ask yourself whether you want to perform more than one ceremony, and how much time and energy you want to expend. For many wedding officiants, the single ceremony registration is all that’s required and it’s pretty painless if you follow these steps:

    Las Vegas Nevada Step-by-Step Single Ceremony Application Instructions

  • 1 Gather the Required Nevada Minister Paperwork

    The certificate of permission to perform a marriage in the state of Nevada for a Minister or Religious Official – that’s you once you get ordained online here – has the required documents at the top of the application. We suggest ordering our Nevada Minister Ordination Package which contains:

    • a) your partially pre-filled form
    • b) a completed church affidavit signed by an AMM officer and notarized and
    • c) step-by-step instructions to assist you in completing the application.

    If you don’t have a lot of time, and just want to make sure your application is file correctly, this is a great help!

  • 2 Take the Online Training Course

    While you wait for your package, or go about gathering the paperwork on your own, you may as well complete the Single Ceremony Marriage Officiant Training Course. It takes about an hour, so block out the time and get it done!

  • 3 Have the Couple Complete the Character Witness Affidavit

    The application includes a page that needs to be completed and signed by the couple in the presence of a notary public. You will have to coordinate with the couple to have them complete the affidavit. FYI, most banks offer free notarial services to their customers.

  • 4 Proof and Complete the Application

    While you wait for the couple to complete the affidavit, verify that the information on the application is correct and to complete the remaining fields.

  • 5 Submit the Application

    Once the officiant and couple have completed the form, mail the form to:

    Clark County Clerk
    201 East Clark Avenue, Box 551604,
    Las Vegas, NV 89155-1604
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    Las Vegas Nevada Step-by-Step Permanent Status Application Instructions

  • 1 Gather the Required Nevada Minister Paperwork

    The Clark County’s Certificate of Permission to Perform Unlimited Ceremonies is for wedding officiants that live in Las Vegas and plan on officiating two or more ceremonies. It’s a little more expensive – the application fee is $50 more than the single ceremony version – but if you are performing more than one ceremony, it’s a huge time saver. Once you get ordained online here you will want to order your Clark County Nevada Minister Ordination Package which includes:

    • a) your pre-filled form
    • b) a completed church affidavit signed by an AMM officer and notarized and
    • c) step-by-step instructions to assist you in completing the application.
    • d) The Minister Ordination Package also contains a copy of your credentials, which is a great way to show couple’s that you are an ordained minister.
  • 1 Take the In-Person Training Course

    This course is only available to state of Nevada residents, and classes are held at the Clark County Government Center located at 500 S. Grand Central Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89155. Click here for the latest training schedule. The course covers the roles, requirements, and responsibilities of wedding officiants in the state of Nevada.

  • 2 Get Your Application Notarized

    By now you should have your package if you ordered it, or a downloaded copy from the clerk’s website. In the application there is a page that you need to sign in the presence of a notary public. You can easily Google a local notary, or ask your bank if they offer that service, most do.

  • 3 Proof and Complete the Application

    Verify that the pre-filled information on the application is correct and complete the remaining fields.

  • 4 Submit your application

    Once you have all the completed application materials, including the appropriate payments, you can mail your application to the following address:

    Clark County Clerk
    201 East Clark Avenue, Box 551604,
    Las Vegas, NV 89155-1604
  • A final reminder, plan ahead and allocate plenty of time to process your application. You will be notified by the Clerk once your application is approved. Your name will then appear in the Nevada Secretary of State Marriage Officiant Public Search.

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