Hawaii Officiant Government Registration Requirements

Learn what the marriage officiant registration requirements are in Hawaii. This page covers everything you need to know to legally officiate wedding ceremonies in Hawaii.

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1.

Who can officiate weddings in Hawaii?

" 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. "
Hawaii Revised Statutes § §572-12

2.

Are online ordained ministers recognized in Hawaii?

Yes. All online ordained ministers, including those ordained through AMM are recognized in Hawaii.
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3.

Am I as the minister officiant required to register with the Hawaii Government?

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

4.

What Hawaii office handles officiant registration?

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

5.

How old do I have to be to officiate a wedding in Hawaii?

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

6.

Does my residency affect the registration process?

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

7.

Do I need to complete a government application before officiating a wedding?

Yes. You must complete the Department of Health's online Application for License to Perform Marriages in Hawaii.

8.

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.

9.

How much does the officiant registration process cost in Hawaii?

It will cost you about $10 to register as a wedding officiant in Hawaii.

10.

How long does it take to register as a wedding officiant in Hawaii?

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

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What are the Wedding Officiant Registration Requirements in Hawaii?

The Hawaii Revised Statutes §572-11 requires all wedding officiants to register with the Hawaii Department of Health before performing marriage.

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.



How to Register as a Wedding Officiant in Hawaii

Before you begin the application we strongly recommend that you read the Department of Health Marriage Performer Guidelines. This page contains useful information regarding the application process and your responsibilities as a wedding officiant in Hawaii.

Continue reading for step-by-step instructions on how to successfully register as a wedding officiant in Hawaii.

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STEP 1COMPLETE THE ONLINE OFFICIANT APPLICATION

The Hawaii Department of Health makes the officiant registration process easy by allowing wedding officiants to register online.

When you land on this page click on the link "1. Religious". This is the application you need to complete even if you will be officiating a non-religious ceremony.

The application will ask for information only you will be able to provide however we provide guidance for some of the fields.

FIRST PAGE

SECOND PAGE


The reason you should put your address is because the Hawaii Department of Health will mail you a copy of the marriage license, which you are required to keep. If they mail the document to us, we will do our best to forward it to you but we cannot guarantee this will be done in a timely fashion.

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STEP 2SUBMIT AND PAY FOR YOUR OFFICIANT APPLICATION

The last page of the application will have you confirm all of the information you have entered. Review it carefully. Once satisfied, you will be asked to pay a fee of $10 that is payable by all major credit cards.

APPROVAL OF YOUR HAWAII OFFICIANT APPLICATION

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 all the satellite Department of Health offices in Hawaii.

Once you are given the green light by the Department of Health you will have the the authority to perform marriage anywhere in Hawaii.

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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 Hawaii 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.

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Start Preparing for the Wedding Ceremony

Your next step is to learn how to officiate a wedding ceremony. If you have no experience, you are in good hands. Our Hawaii Wedding Officiant Preparation Guide covers all aspects of how to prepare for a wedding ceremony.

You will learn everything from the format for a wedding ceremony, the names of the ceremony parts, how to write a wedding ceremony, and more.

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If the process of planning, scripting, and performing a wedding is daunting, then you need our Wedding Helper suite of tools.

We have distilled years of experience into an easy-to-use platform with training materials, quizzes, a personalized ceremony script generator, and tips to prepare you for performing marriage, all accessible through your minister profile.

That’s only the beginning. After the wedding, you can share your wedding on the AMM Wedding Wall with our nationwide network of ministers.

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