Last Updated: October 5th, 2023

10 Essential Facts to Know Before Officiating a Wedding in Hawaii

The facts below cover all the important aspects of what requirements you need to meet to be able to legally officiate a wedding ceremony in Hawaii.


Who Can Officiate Weddings in Hawaii?

This is the relevant exerpt from the Hawaii Revised Statutes § 572-12.

" A license to solemnize marriages may be issued to, and the marriage rite may be performed and solemnized by any minister, priest, or officer of any religious denomination or society who has been ordained or is authorized to solemnize marriages according to the usages of such denomination or society, or any religious society not having clergy but providing solemnization in accordance with the rules and customs of that society, or any justice or judge or magistrate, active or retired, of a state or federal court in the State, upon presentation to such person or society of a license to marry, as prescribed by this chapter. Such person or society may receive the price stipulated by the parties or the gratification tendered. "

Basically, this means that as long as you are ordained through any church, you can officiate weddings.


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Yes. All online ordained ministers, including those ordained through AMM are recognized in Hawaii.

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Is Government Registration Required to Officiate a Wedding in Hawaii?

Yes. All officiants must register with the Hawaii Department of Health Vital Records Office before they officiate a wedding.


What Office Do I Register with Before Officiating a Wedding in Hawaii?

The Department of Health Vital Records Office in Hawaii is responsible for officiant registration.


What is the Minimum Legal Age to Officiate a Wedding in Hawaii?

All Wedding Officiants in Hawaii must be at least 18 years old.


Does my Residency Affect the Registration Process?

No. Your state or country of residence is irrelevant to the officiant registration process in Hawaii.


Does the Hawaii Government Provide an Application I Need to Complete?

Yes. You must complete the Department of Health Vital Records Office's online Application For License To Perform Marriages And/Or Civil Union In Hawaii.


Do I Need to Submit Proof of my Ministry Credentials to the Hawaii Government?

No. However it is a good idea to keep personal copies of your Ministry Credentials for your own records.


How Much Does the Officiant Registration Process Cost in Hawaii?

It will cost you about $100 / yr to register as a wedding officiant in Hawaii.


How Long Does it Take to Register as a Wedding Officiant in Hawaii?

Please register at least Up To 2 Weeks prior to the ceremony date, as your registration could take up to two weeks for approval.

Hawaii Officiant Registration Step-by-Step Instructions

For a more detailed guide on how to complete the officiant registration process in Hawaii, check out our Hawaii Officiant Registration page by clicking the button below.



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