Last Updated: October 5th, 2023
5 Essential Facts to Know Before Officiating a Wedding in North Dakota
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 North Dakota.
Who Can Officiate Weddings in North Dakota?
This is the relevant exerpt from the North Dakota Century Code § 14-03-09.
" Marriages may be solemnized by all judges of courts of record; municipal judges; recorders, unless the board of county commissioners designates a different official; ordained ministers of the gospel; priests; clergy licensed by recognized denominations pursuant to chapter 10-33; and by any person authorized by the rituals and practices of any religious persuasion. "
Basically, this means that as long as you are ordained through any church, you can officiate weddings.
Are Online Ordinations Recognized in North Dakota?
Yes. All online ordained ministers, including those ordained through AMM are recognized in North Dakota.
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Is Government Registration Required to Officiate a Wedding in North Dakota?
The North Dakota Government does not license, register, or certify ministers or wedding officiants. Officiant registration is not required in North Dakota to officiate a wedding.
What Office Do I Register with Before Officiating a Wedding in North Dakota?
The North Dakota Government does not have any office that licenses, registers, or certifies wedding officiants.
What is the Minimum Legal Age to Officiate a Wedding in North Dakota?
All Wedding Officiants in North Dakota must be at least 18 years old.
Preparing to Officiate a Wedding in North Dakota
As there is no officiant registration required in North Dakota, 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 North Dakota Officiant Ceremony Preparation page.
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