Last Updated: October 5th, 2023
5 Essential Facts to Know Before Officiating a Wedding in Iowa
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 Iowa.
Who Can Officiate Weddings in Iowa?
This is the relevant exerpt from the Iowa Code § 595.10.
" 1. A judge of the supreme court, court of appeals, or district court, including a district associate judge, associate juvenile judge, or a judicial magistrate, and including a senior judge as defined in section 602.9202, subsection 3.
2. A person ordained or designated as a leader of the person's religious faith. "
Basically, this means that as long as you are ordained through any church, you can officiate weddings.
Are Online Ordinations Recognized in Iowa?
Yes. All online ordained ministers, including those ordained through AMM are recognized in Iowa.
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Is Government Registration Required to Officiate a Wedding in Iowa?
The Iowa Government does not license, register, or certify ministers or wedding officiants. Officiant registration is not required in Iowa to officiate a wedding.
What Office Do I Register with Before Officiating a Wedding in Iowa?
The Iowa Government does not have any office that licenses, registers, or certifies wedding officiants.
What is the Minimum Legal Age to Officiate a Wedding in Iowa?
All Wedding Officiants in Iowa must be at least 18 years old.
Preparing to Officiate a Wedding in Iowa
As there is no officiant registration required in Iowa, 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 Iowa Officiant Ceremony Preparation page.
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