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Missouri Officiant Government Registration Requirements

Learn what the marriage officiant registration requirements are in Missouri. This page covers everything you need to know to legally officiate wedding ceremonies in Missouri.

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5 Useful Officiant Registration Facts

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Who can officiate weddings in Missouri?

" 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. "
Missouri Revised Statutes § 451.100

2.

Are online ordained ministers recognized in Missouri?

Yes. All online ordained ministers, including those ordained through AMM are recognized in Missouri.
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3.

Am I as the minister officiant required to register with the Missouri Government?

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

4.

What Missouri office handles officiant registration?

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

5.

How old do I have to be to officiate a wedding in Missouri?

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

What are the Wedding Officiant Registration Requirements in Missouri?

You may be surprised to hear this, but wedding officiants in Missouri are not required to register with any government office prior to performing marriage. The Missouri State Government has no laws requiring officiant registration or office dedicated to the registration of wedding officiants.

Missouri does have a law (Missouri Revised Statutes 451.100) that specifies who can solemnize marriage. This includes all ministers, including online ordained ministers of American Marriage Ministries. However, there are no laws, offices, or procedures requiring officiants to register with any government office.

Simply put, once you are an online ordained minister of American Marriage Ministries you immediately have the legal ability to officiate weddings anywhere in Missouri. If you have been asked to officiate a wedding in Missouri, Get ordained with AMM today!

Ordination with AMM is fast, free, and simple. To learn more about getting ordained in Missouri with AMM, check out our Get Ordained in Missouri page.

Keep Records of Your Ministry Credentials

Though there are no officiant registration requirements in Missouri, you must be an ordained minister to be able to legally perform marriage. Local regulations in Missouri stipulate that wedding officiants under the designation of "Minister" be ordained by a religious organization, such as American Marriage Ministries.

While you are not required to register with any Missouri government office as a wedding officiant, it is a good idea to keep personal records of your official Ministry Credentials. Proof of your ordination is essential in the event that the couple, government officials, or the wedding venue request to see proof of your ordination.

We recommend that you order your Missouri Minister Ordination Package to receive your official ministry credentials. Your package includes your official Ordination Certificate and Letter of Good Standing.

Your Letter of Good Standing is signed by a church officer, dated, and notarized. Your Minister Ordination Package also includes your AMM Minister's Manual, a valuable resource for officiant training information.

Part of the proceeds from your order will go towards our charitable activities. So along with receiving your AMM ministry credentials, you are also helping to support a good cause.



Start Preparing for the Wedding Ceremony

Your next step is to learn how to officiate a wedding ceremony. If you have no experience, you are in good hands. Our Missouri Wedding Officiant Preparation Guide covers all aspects of how to prepare for a wedding ceremony.

You will learn everything from the format for a wedding ceremony, the names of the ceremony parts, how to write a wedding ceremony, and more.

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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.

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