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Ohio Wedding Officiant Ordination Instructions

As a minister...

Is government registration required?
Yes | Ohio Revised Code 3101.08
With what office do I need to register?
Secretary of State
Does my residency affect registration?
No
What is the minimum age for an officiant?
18
Do I need to complete a Gov. application?
Yes
Do I need to provide Gov. ID?
No
Do I need to submit Ministerial Credentials?
Yes
How much does registration cost?
$10

Local AMM Ministers: 19,655

Become a Ohio Wedding Minister

Ohio Minister Ordination Package

Your Package Includes
  • Government Registration Instructions
  • Wedding Preparation Materials
  • Official Ministerial Credentials
  • Order Now

    Perform Marriage in Ohio by Following these 4 Steps

    1

    GET ORDAINED WITH AMM

    Completing your American Marriage Ministries Ohio ordination is your first step towards performing wedding ceremonies in Ohio. American Marriage Ministries is legal in Ohio, an IRS recognized 501c(3) non-profit organization, and the easiest way to perform weddings that reflect your values and beliefs. Our ordination is free, easy, and never expires! Get Ordained Now!

    2

    REGISTER WITH THE SECRETARY OF STATE

    You are required to register with the Secretary of State before performing marriage. Registration is easy and the Secretary's office takes no more than 2-3 to process your application.


    APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

    The Secretary's Licensing Procedures requires that you submit:


    We recommend that you order your Minister Ordination Package, which includes all required paperwork, along with wedding training materials.

    You can also complete and print the Ohio Secretary of State's application yourself. For the field "Religious Society or Congregation" we recommend that you put "American Marriage Ministries". The rest of the application should be self-explanatory.


    FILING INSTRUCTIONS

    Once you have your paperwork in order, you need to mail it to:

    Ohio Secretary of State 180 E Broad St Suite 103 Columbus, Ohio 43215


    To verify your registration with the Ohio Secretary of State, you can use their Minister Search. For further inquiries, you can contact the Ohio Secretary of State at:


    Phone: (614) 728-9200
    Hours: 8am-5pm M-F

    3

    PREPARE FOR THE WEDDING CEREMONY

    The Wedding Training section of our site provides you with all the information and training required to officiate your first wedding. Additionally, AMM Ministers that register their weddings gain access to exclusive personalized ceremony scripts and other tools that help them prepare for, and perform marriages.

    We strongly recommend that you read through our ceremony training section and register your wedding prior to the ceremony.

    4

    HANDLING THE MARRIAGE LICENSE

    After the ceremony you must fulfill your one legal obligation... completing the marriage license with the newlyweds. This simply involves signing the license along with the couple and any required witnesses.

    Prior to the ceremony, it is the couple’s responsibility to acquire their marriage license from their local government registrar, usually located at the county courthouse. Your job as officiant is to simply 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.

    Take the Ohio Marriage Laws Quiz!

    Not ordained with us yet?

    Get Ordained To Perform Marriage in Ohio!

    Our ordination is free and fast. No religious or wedding industry background is required, just an honest intent to perform marriage for your community.

    Apply for Ordination

    Visit our Wedding Ceremony Training section to learn how to conduct a wedding ceremony.