New Hampshire Marriage Officiant Government Registration Requirements

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


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1.

Who can officiate weddings in New Hampshire?

" A marriage may be solemnized in the following manner:

I. In a civil ceremony by a justice of the peace as commissioned by the state and by judges of the United States appointed pursuant to Article III of the United States Constitution, by bankruptcy judges appointed pursuant to Article I of the United States Constitution, or by United States magistrate judges appointed pursuant to federal law; or

II. In a religious ceremony by any minister of the gospel in the state who has been ordained according to the usage of his or her denomination, resides in the state, and is in regular standing with the denomination; by any member of the clergy who is not ordained but is engaged in the service of the religious body to which he or she belongs, and who resides in the state, after being licensed therefor by the secretary of state; or within his or her parish, by any minister residing out of the state, but having a pastoral charge wholly or partly in this state. "
New Hampshire Statutes § Section 45731

2.

Are online ordained ministers recognized in New Hampshire?

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

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

Maybe. Only non-residents of New Hampshire must register as officiants with the Secretary of State before they officiate a wedding.

4.

What New Hampshire office handles officiant registration?

The Secretary of State in New Hampshire is responsible for officiant registration.

5.

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

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

6.

Does my residency affect the registration process?

Yes. If you do not live in New Hampshire, then you are required to register with the Secretary of State.

7.

Do I need to complete a government application before officiating a wedding?

Maybe. New Hampshire Residents do not have to complete any government application. If you do not live in New Hampshire, you must complete the Application To Perform a Marriage Ceremony In New Hampshire.

8.

Do I need to submit proof of my ministry credentials to the New Hampshire government?

No. However it is a good idea to keep personal copies of your Ministry Credentials for your own records.

9.

How much does the officiant registration process cost in New Hampshire?

It will cost you about $25 to register as a wedding officiant in New Hampshire.

10.

How long does it take to register as a wedding officiant in New Hampshire?

Expect your registration to take about 2 weeks.

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What are the Wedding Officiant Registration Requirements in New Hampshire?


The New Hampshire Statutes §457:32 requires that all non-resident wedding officiants must register with the New Hampshire Secretary of State. before performing marriage.

New Hampshire Residents are not required to register as wedding officiants with any State office. Continue reading for registration instructions for non-residents of New Hampshire.



New Hampshire Non-Resident Officiant Registration Instructions

The Secretary of State's office requires all non-resident ministers to complete and submit a form called the "Application To Perform a Marriage Ceremony In New Hampshire".

This one page application should only take you a few minutes to complete. You can download, print, and complete the application yourself.

You can also order your New Hampshire Minister Ordination Package. Your package includes this form, partially completed, along with your Ordination Certificate and Notarized Letter of Good Standing. Though your ministry credentials are not strictly required by the Secretary of State, it is a good idea to keep personal copies.

Below are step-by-step instructions for officiating legal weddings in New Hampshire.

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STEP 1COMPLETE THE APPLICATION TO PERFORM A MARRIAGE CEREMONY IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

The following instructions are for completing the New Hampshire Secretary of State's Application To Perform a Marriage Ceremony In New Hampshire.


  1. Enter the full names of each partner getting married and their cities and states of residence.
  2. Check the first box that begins with the text "An ordained minister who does not reside in the State of New Hampshire...".
  3. On the field corresponding to that box marked "denomination" enter "American Marriage Ministries".
  4. Enter your mailing address and phone number in the appropriate fields.
  5. Sign your name, print your name, and enter the completion date.
  6. Write a check for $25 payable to the "State of New Hampshire".

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STEP 2MAIL YOUR COMPLETED APPLICATION TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE

Once you have everything in order, mail your completed application along with the $25 check to the:

New Hampshire Secretary of State
State House, Room 204
Concord, New Hampshire 03301

STEP 3RECEIVE YOUR SPECIAL LICENSE

It will take a few days for the Secretary of State's office to process your application. Once approved they will mail you a "Special License". This special license gives you permission to perform one wedding.

Keep your Special License somewhere safe. You will need it after the wedding.

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STEP 4RETURN THE SPECIAL LICENSE WITH THE MARRIAGE LICENSE

So what do you do with this special license? You are required to file your Special License along with the marriage license when returning the marriage license after the wedding. So basically make sure that both the marriage license and special license are returned together.

If you have further questions about this process you can contact the New Hampshire Secretary of State's office.

Phone: 603-271-3242
Hours: 8:00am-4:30pm M-F


You will have to repeat this process for each wedding you officiate in New Hampshire, unless you decide to move to the Granite State.

Order Your Ministry Credentials

Whether you are a New Hampshire Resident or not, we strongly recommend that you order your New Hampshire Minister Ordination Package. It is a good idea to keep personal copies of your official Ministry Credentials. Proof of your ordination is essential in the event that the couple or government officials request to see your 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 a partially completed Application To Perform a Marriage Ceremony In New Hampshire for your convenience.

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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 New Hampshire 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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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.

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