Step 1 GET ORDAINED WITH AMERICAN MARRIAGE MINISTRIES
Getting Ordained with American Marriage Ministries is your first step towards performing marriage in Oklahoma. 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 670,928 Ordained Ministers and hundreds of thousands of successful weddings, what are you waiting for?
Apply For Ordination!
Step 2 OKLAHOMA MINISTER REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS
ALL MINISTERS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER WITH A COUNTY CLERK
All ministers are required to register with a County Clerk's office before performing marriage. You must register with the same County Clerk's office that issues the marriage license to the couple.
Registration with that County Clerk only gives you permission to perform marriage in that county. If you plan on officiating another wedding in a different county you will also have to register with that Clerk's office.
HOW TO REGISTER WITH THE COUNTY CLERK
There are 77 Counties in Oklahoma. As minister registration is handled at the county level, each office can determine its own requirements for minister registration. That being said, your registration will boil down to submitting one or all of the following:
● Your Ministry Credentials (Ordination Certificate & Letter of Good Standing)
● A County Application Form
● A Filing Fee
Once you know which Oklahoma County Clerk's Office you need to register with you will have a better idea of what documents you need to submit.
HOW TO ORDER YOUR MINISTRY CREDENTIALS
Order your Oklahoma Minister Ordination Package to receive official hardcopies of your Ministry Credentials. Included in your package is everything you need to register with any County Clerk's office in Oklahoma, including your Ordination Certificate and Letter of Good Standing. We will also provide any additional paperwork if requested by the Court Clerk.
WHAT IF I AM ASKED FOR A DOCUMENT WITH A LIVE SIGNATURE?
All County Clerk's offices will ask for documentation proving your status as an ordained minister. Some will also ask that this document bear a live signature. Your Letter of Good Standing meets this requirement. Your Letter of Good Standing is signed by a church officer, dated, and notarized.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MY ORDINATION CERTIFICATE AND MY LETTER OF GOOD STANDING?
Your ordination certificate certifies that you were ordained with American Marriage Ministries. Your Letter of Good Standing states that your status as a minister is currently active as of the date of its signing. In other words, you are in "Good Standing" with American Marriage Ministries. Your Letter of Good Standing is signed by a church officer and notarized. Your ordination certificate does not bear a live signature.
FILING YOUR MINISTER APPLICATION WITH THE COUNTY CLERK
By this point you should know exactly what documents you need to register with the appropriate County Clerk's office. Most Clerk's prefer that you apply in person, however if that is not possible you should be able to arrange for your application to be submitted by mail. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE!
APPROVAL OF YOUR MINISTER APPLICATION WITH THE COUNTY CLERK
Provided there are no complications, you should be authorized as soon as they receive your application. If the Clerk's office is busy it may take them a few days to process your application.
Once successfully registered, you will have the authority to perform marriage in that county in Oklahoma!
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 Oklahoma marriage licenses.
OKLAHOMA 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
Marriage License Fee
$5 - $50
Marriage License Waiting Period
Marriage License Expiration
Marriage License Return
Within 5 Days from Wedding
What Does Marriage License Waiting Period, Expiration, and Return Mean?