Wisconsin Officiant Government Registration Requirements
Learn what the marriage officiant registration requirements are in Wisconsin. This page covers everything you need to know to legally officiate wedding ceremonies in Wisconsin.
Who can officiate weddings in Wisconsin?
Marriage may be validly solemnized and contracted in this state only after a marriage license has been issued therefor, and only by the mutual declarations of the 2 parties to be joined in marriage that they take each other as husband and wife, made before an authorized officiating person and in the presence of at least 2 competent adult witnesses other than the officiating person. The following are authorized to be officiating persons:
(1) Any ordained member of the clergy of any religious denomination or society who continues to be an ordained member of the clergy.
(2) Any licentiate of a denominational body or an appointee of any bishop serving as the regular member of the clergy of any church of the denomination to which the member of the clergy belongs, if not restrained from so doing by the discipline of the church or denomination. "
Wisconsin Statutes § 765.16
Are online ordained ministers recognized in Wisconsin?
Yes. All online ordained ministers, including those ordained through AMM are recognized in Wisconsin.
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Am I as the minister officiant required to register with the Wisconsin Government?
The Wisconsin Government does not license, register, or certify ministers or wedding officiants. Officiant registration is not required in Wisconsin to officiate a wedding.4.
What Wisconsin office handles officiant registration?
The Wisconsin Government does not have any office that licenses, registers, or certifies wedding officiants.5.
How old do I have to be to officiate a wedding in Wisconsin?
All Wedding Officiants in Wisconsin must be at least 18 years old.