Last Updated: October 5th, 2023
5 Essential Facts to Know Before Officiating a Wedding in Missouri
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 Missouri.
Who Can Officiate Weddings in Missouri?
This is the relevant exerpt from the Missouri Revised Statutes § 451.100.
" Marriages may be solemnized by any clergyman, either active or retired, who is in good standing with any church or synagogue in this state. Marriages may also be solemnized, without compensation, by any judge, including a municipal judge. Marriages may also be solemnized by a religious society, religious institution, or religious organization of this state, according to the regulations and customs of the society, institution or organization, when either party to the marriage to be solemnized is a member of such society, institution or organization. "
Basically, this means that as long as you are ordained through any church, you can officiate weddings.
Are Online Ordinations Recognized in Missouri?
Yes. All online ordained ministers, including those ordained through AMM are recognized in Missouri.
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Is Government Registration Required to Officiate a Wedding in Missouri?
The Missouri Government does not license, register, or certify ministers or wedding officiants. Officiant registration is not required in Missouri to officiate a wedding.
What Office Do I Register with Before Officiating a Wedding in Missouri?
The Missouri Government does not have any office that licenses, registers, or certifies wedding officiants.
What is the Minimum Legal Age to Officiate a Wedding in Missouri?
All Wedding Officiants in Missouri must be at least 18 years old.
Preparing to Officiate a Wedding in Missouri
As there is no officiant registration required in Missouri, 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 Missouri Officiant Ceremony Preparation page.
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