Utah Marriage Laws

30-1-6 - Who may solemnize marriages -- Certificate

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Utah Code - Title 30: Husband and Wife - Chapter 1: Marriage

Who may solemnize marriages -- Certificate

(1) Marriages may be solemnized by the following persons only: (a) ministers, rabbis, or priests of any religious denomination who are: (i) in regular communion with any religious society; and (ii) 18 years of age or older; (b) Native American spiritual advisors; (c) the governor; (d) the lieutenant governor; (e) mayors of municipalities or county executives; (f) a justice, judge, or commissioner of a court of record; (g) a judge of a court not of record of the state; (h) judges or magistrates of the United States; (i) the county clerk of any county in the state, if the clerk chooses to solemnize marriages; (j) the president of the Senate; (k) the speaker of the House of Representatives; or (l) a judge or magistrate who holds office in Utah when retired, under rules set by the Supreme Court. (2) A person authorized under Subsection (1) who solemnizes a marriage shall give to the couple married a certificate of marriage that shows the: (a) name of the county from which the license is issued; and (b) date of the license's issuance. (3) As used in this section: (a) "Judge or magistrate of the United States" means: (i) a justice of the United States Supreme Court; (ii) a judge of a court of appeals; (iii) a judge of a district court; (iv) a judge of any court created by an act of Congress the judges of which are entitled to hold office during good behavior; (v) a judge of a bankruptcy court; (vi) a judge of a tax court; or (vii) a United States magistrate. (b) (i) "Native American spiritual advisor" means a person who: (A) (I) leads, instructs, or facilitates a Native American religious ceremony or service; or (II) provides religious counseling; and (B) is recognized as a spiritual advisor by a federally recognized Native American tribe. (ii) "Native American spiritual advisor" includes a sweat lodge leader, medicine person, traditional religious practitioner, or holy man or woman. (4) Notwithstanding any other provision in law, no person authorized under Subsection (1) to solemnize a marriage may delegate or deputize another person to perform the function of solemnizing a marriage, except that only employees of the office responsible for the issuance of marriage licenses may be deputized.

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