Last Updated: October 5th, 2023
5 Essential Facts to Know Before Officiating a Wedding in Michigan
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 Michigan.
Who Can Officiate Weddings in Michigan?
This is the relevant exerpt from the Michigan Compiled Laws § 551.7.
" (1) Marriages may be solemnized by any of the following:
(i) A minister of the gospel or cleric or religious practitioner, anywhere in the state, if the minister or cleric or religious practitioner is ordained or authorized to solemnize marriages according to the usages of the denomination.
(j) A minister of the gospel or cleric or religious practitioner, anywhere in the state, if the minister or cleric or religious practitioner is not a resident of this state but is authorized to solemnize marriages under the laws of the state in which the minister or cleric or religious practitioner resides. "
Basically, this means that as long as you are ordained through any church, you can officiate weddings.
Are Online Ordinations Recognized in Michigan?
Yes. All online ordained ministers, including those ordained through AMM are recognized in Michigan.
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Is Government Registration Required to Officiate a Wedding in Michigan?
The Michigan Government does not license, register, or certify ministers or wedding officiants. Officiant registration is not required in Michigan to officiate a wedding.
What Office Do I Register with Before Officiating a Wedding in Michigan?
The Michigan Government does not have any office that licenses, registers, or certifies wedding officiants.
What is the Minimum Legal Age to Officiate a Wedding in Michigan?
All Wedding Officiants in Michigan must be at least 18 years old.
Preparing to Officiate a Wedding in Michigan
As there is no officiant registration required in Michigan, 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 Michigan Officiant Ceremony Preparation page.
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