Last Updated: October 5th, 2023

5 Essential Facts to Know Before Officiating a Wedding in Idaho

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 Idaho.


Who Can Officiate Weddings in Idaho?

This is the relevant exerpt from the Idaho Statutes § 32-303.

Marriage may be solemnized by any of the following Idaho officials: a current or retired justice of the supreme court, a current or retired court of appeals judge, a current or retired district judge, the current or a former governor, the current lieutenant governor, a current or retired magistrate of the district court, a current mayor or by any of the following: a current federal judge, a current tribal judge of an Idaho Indian tribe or other tribal official approved by an official act of an Idaho Indian tribe or priest or minister of the gospel of any denomination. To be a retired justice of the supreme court, court of appeals judge, district judge or magistrate judge of the district court, for the purpose of solemnizing marriages, a person shall have served in one (1) of those offices and shall be receiving a retirement benefit from either the judges retirement system or the public employee retirement system for service in the Idaho judiciary. "

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


Are Online Ordinations Recognized in Idaho?

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

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Is Government Registration Required to Officiate a Wedding in Idaho?

The Idaho Government does not license, register, or certify ministers or wedding officiants. Officiant registration is not required in Idaho to officiate a wedding.


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

The Idaho Government does not have any office that licenses, registers, or certifies wedding officiants.


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

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

Preparing to Officiate a Wedding in Idaho

As there is no officiant registration required in Idaho, once ordained your next step is to start preparing to officiate the wedding. If you have not officiated a wedding before, or it has been a while, check out our Idaho Officiant Ceremony Preparation page.



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