Who Can Officiate Weddings in Illinois?
The Illinois Marriage Laws specify who can legally perform marriage in the State. The legal term for the act of conducting a wedding ceremony is called "Solemnization of Marriage". The people with the authority to perform this act are religious and government officials. For most Americans, getting ordained is the easiest way to gain the legal right to solemnize weddings.
According to the Illinois Compiled Statutes § Sec. 209
" (a) A marriage may be solemnized...in accordance with the prescriptions of any religious denomination, Indian Nation or Tribe or Native Group, provided that when such prescriptions require an officiant, the officiant be in good standing with his religious denomination, Indian Nation or Tribe or Native Group. Either the person solemnizing the marriage, or, if no individual acting alone solemnized the marriage, both parties to the marriage, shall complete the marriage certificate form and forward it to the county clerk within 10 days after such marriage is solemnized.
(b) The solemnization of the marriage is not invalidated by the fact that the person solemnizing the marriage was not legally qualified to solemnize it, if either party to the marriage believed him to be so qualified or by the fact that the marriage was inadvertently solemnized in a county in Illinois other than the county where the license was issued.
- This is an Excerpt. Read The Full Statute on Our Illinois Marriage Laws -
AMM Ordination Guarantee
As an online ordained minister of American Marriage Ministries, you will be joining a network of over 1,013,286 ministers that have officiated hundreds-of-thousands of weddings all across the country. As an AMM minister, you are legally empowered under the protections of the Illinois Compiled Statutes § Sec. 209
to officiate wedding ceremonies.
We understand that officiating a wedding is a huge honor and a serious responsibility. Our job is to guide you through this process from both the legal and ceremonial dimensions. Our mission is to empower you not just to perform marriage, but to do so with confidence and skill. You will be the latest in over 37,784 AMM ministers in Illinois!
13 YEARS ORDAINING AND COUNTING
American Marriage Ministries has been ordaining people just like you for over a decade. Our officiant training resources are the best, both online and in print. We make ordination easy so that you can focus on conducting an awesome wedding ceremony. And that's not just us saying it.
AMM is an inclusive institution. We welcome people of all backgrounds. It is not important to us if you are black or white, religious or non-religious, rich or poor, gay or straight.
What is important is that you have a sincere desire to officiate weddings for people you care about. We support your right to officiate weddings that reflect your values, the couple's, and your community's.
Illinois Marriage Officiant License
As an online ordained minister you are one step closer to performing marriage in Illinois. In addition to our free online ordination, we provide all the officiant training materials you need to officiate weddings with confidence. Whether you will be officiating weddings in Chicago, Aurora, Rockford, or even Exeter
, AMM has everything you need to create an amazing ceremony.
ILLINOIS OFFICIANT GOVERNMENT REGISTRATION
Your next step is to observe any officiant registration required by the Illinois Government. Click on the button below to learn more.
How To Become a Wedding Officiant in Illinois
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.
About American Marriage Ministries
We are American Marriage Ministries, an IRS Certified 501c3 Non-Profit Church with the mission to empower people of all backgrounds to officiate weddings. American Marriage Ministries was founded on July 4th of 2009 in Washington State. In that time we have ordained over 1,013,286 ministers all across the United States. To join our nationwide community of AMM ministers, you simply need to agree to our three simple tenets:
- All people, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation, have the right to marry.
- It is the right of every couple to choose who will solemnize their marriage.
- All people have the right to solemnize marriage.
How you officiate weddings is up to you, the couple, and the members of your community. You will be one of over 37,784 AMM ministers in Illinois who have realized their right to perform marriage.
You can also help by ordering your official ministry credentials from our store. Part of the proceeds goes to our charitable activities, which supports other non-profit charities such as Art with Heart and the CDC Foundation.
When you purchase a package from us, you get your official ordination certificate and you get to help support a positive cause!
To learn more about American Marriage Ministries, check out our About Us page. If you have further questions, feel free to visit our FAQ or simply contact us.