Step 1 GET ORDAINED WITH AMERICAN MARRIAGE MINISTRIES
Getting Ordained with American Marriage Ministries is your first step towards performing marriage in Hawaii. American Marriage Ministries is the only IRS Certified 501c3 Non-Profit that offers online ordinations. Getting ordained with AMM is free, quick, and easy!
Beyond ordination we provide all the information and resources you need to learn how to prepare for and officiate weddings. Whether it is your minister registration requirements, learning how to write a wedding ceremony script, or making sure you understand your legal responsibilities when completing the marriage license, we have you covered!
We welcome people of all walks of life. As long as you have a sincere desire to bring communities together through marriage, it is not important to us if you are religious or non-religious, gay or straight, black or white, rich or poor. Ordination as an AMM minister is about celebrating our commonalities.
As a Minister of American Marriage Ministries we encourage you to officiate weddings that reflect the values and beliefs of you and the couple. With over 659,815 Ordained Ministers and hundreds of thousands of successful weddings, what are you waiting for?
Apply For Ordination!
Step 2 HAWAII MINISTER REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS
ALL MINISTERS REQUIRED TO REGISTER WITH THE HAWAII DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
All ministers are required to register with the Hawaii Department of Health before performing marriage. The registration process is simple and can be completed online through Hawaii Department of Heath's website.
That being said, the Department of Health insists that you ***register between 2 months to 2 weeks* before the ceremony date*. *Do not wait until the last minute!
HOW TO COMPLETE THE APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO PERFORM MARRIAGE IN HAWAII
The application process consists of completing an online form called the Application for License to Perform Marriages and/or Civil Union in Hawaii. It should take you no more than 10-20 minutes to complete the application.
Before you begin the application we recommend that you read the Department of Health Marriage Performer Guidelines. This page contains useful information regarding the application and your responsibilities in performing marriage in Hawaii.
One of the questions on the application asks for the Church Address. You should enter your physical address That is your church address as an AMM Minister. If you do not have a conventional physical address or use a PO Box, you can use our address.
At the end of the application you will be asked to pay a fee of $10 that is payable by all major credit cards.
KEEP RECORDS OF YOUR MINISTRY CREDENTIALS
You are not required to submit your Ministry Credentials with the Hawaii Department of Health. However, it is good practice to keep official copies for your own records. Proof of your ordination is essential in the event that the couple or government officials request to see proof of your ordination.
We encourage you to order your Minister Ordination Package to keep official copies of your ministry credentials. Your package includes your official Ordination Certificate and Letter of Good Standing. Your Letter of Good Standing is signed by a church officer, dated, and notarized. Your Minister Ordination Package also includes your "AMM Minister's Manual", a valuable resource for guidance on how to officiate weddings.
APPROVAL OF YOUR MINISTER APPLICATION TO PERFORM MARRIAGE
Expect it to take up to two weeks for your application to be approved. If there are complications it may take longer and you will probably have to reapply.
If you need to make special arrangements you can contact the main Department of Health office at:
Hawaii Department of Health
1250 Punchbowl St. Room 101
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Phone: (808) 586-4544
Hours: M-F 8:00am-4:00pm
In case of last-minute complications, the Performer Guidelines page also provides contact information for the satellite Department of Health offices on all the Hawaiian islands.
Once you are given the green light by the Department of Health you will have the the authority to perform marriage anywhere in Hawaii!
Step 3 LEARN HOW TO OFFICIATE WEDDINGS
Chances are good this will be the first wedding you officiate. This undertaking may seem daunting and we are here to guide you through the process. The Wedding Training section of our site will teach you how to officiate weddings like a pro.
We break down the process of preparing for officiating a wedding into simple, easy-to-follow steps. We start with explaining the structure of a wedding ceremony and provide sample wedding ceremonies to help you get an idea of what other people have written.
Once you have the first draft of your wedding ceremony script written, you can follow our guide on officiant best practices for advice on how to polish and practice reading your ceremony script.
ASKED TO OFFICIATE | OFFICIANT TRAINING MANUAL
If you are interested in a thorough resource that covers everything you could ever possibly want to know about officiating a wedding ceremony, we recommend purchasing a copy of our book Asked To Officiate. Originally written by two career wedding officiants, Asked To Officiate draws on their decades of experience officiating hundreds of wedding ceremonies.
Asked To Officiate is also included in our Signature Wedding Officiant Package. This package covers all the bases, including your Ministry Credentials, a Wedding Stole, Asked To Officiate, and your Minister's Manual.
Step 4 OFFICIATE THE WEDDING!
By this point you should be fully prepared to officiate the wedding. Have a fun and memorable wedding ceremony! After you have conducted the wedding you have one last and very important job… to complete the marriage license for the couple.
COMPLETING THE MARRIAGE LICENSE
This is your one legal responsibility. Fortunately, it is also an easy task to fulfill. Completing the marriage license simply involves completing your portion of the license and signing it with the couple in the presence of any required witnesses. That's it!
We understand that you want to do everything correctly. That’s why you are the officiant! If you want to know more about what fields you may have to complete on the marriage license and what you should write, check out our Wedding Officiant Guidelines for Completing Marriage Licenses.
RETURNING THE MARRIAGE LICENSE
After the marriage license is completed it must be returned to its issuance office. This is usually the responsibility of the couple though some states require this to be done by the minister. When the couple receives their marriage license it should also come with instructions as to who must return it and how.
Different states have different deadlines that dictate when the completed marriage license must be returned, so make sure that this duty be done as soon as possible. In most states this is as easy as mailing the marriage license back to the county clerk. Below is more information about Hawaii marriage licenses.
HAWAII MARRIAGE LICENSE INFORMATION
Prior to the wedding ceremony it is the couple’s responsibility to file for their marriage license. The marriage license issuance office is usually located at the county courthouse. Your job as the wedding officiant is to sign and complete your section of the license. Once the marriage license is completed and returned to the office where it was issued, the marriage is recorded and made legal.
Marriage License Issuance Office
Department of Health
Marriage License Fee
Marriage License Waiting Period
Marriage License Expiration
Marriage License Return
What Does Marriage License Waiting Period, Expiration, and Return Mean?