Ohio Marriage Officiant Government Registration Requirements
Learn what the marriage officiant registration requirements are in Ohio. This page covers everything you need to know to legally officiate wedding ceremonies in Ohio.
Who can officiate weddings in Ohio?
An ordained or licensed minister of any religious society or congregation within this state who is licensed to solemnize marriages, a judge of a county court in accordance with section 1907.18 of the Revised Code, a judge of a municipal court in accordance with section 1901.14 of the Revised Code, a probate judge in accordance with section 2101.27 of the Revised Code, the mayor of a municipal corporation in any county in which such municipal corporation wholly or partly lies, the superintendent of the state school for the deaf, or any religious society in conformity with the rules of its church, may join together as husband and wife any persons who are not prohibited by law from being joined in marriage.
Ohio Revised Code § 3101.08
Are online ordained ministers recognized in Ohio?
Yes. All online ordained ministers, including those ordained through AMM are recognized in Ohio.
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Am I as the minister officiant required to register with the Ohio Government?
Yes. All officiants must register with the Ohio Secretary of State before they officiate a wedding.4.
What Ohio office handles officiant registration?
The Secretary of State in Ohio is responsible for officiant registration.5.
How old do I have to be to officiate a wedding in Ohio?
All Wedding Officiants in Ohio must be at least 18 years old.6.
Does my residency affect the registration process?
No. Your state or country of residence is irrelevant to the officiant registration process in Ohio.7.
Do I need to complete a government application before officiating a wedding?
Yes. You must complete and submit the Application for Minister's License to Solemnize Marriage.8.
Do I need to submit proof of my ministry credentials to the Ohio government?
Yes. You are required to submit an official copy of your Ministry Credentials to the Secretary of State.9.
How much does the officiant registration process cost in Ohio?
It will cost you about $10 to register as a wedding officiant in Ohio.10.
How long does it take to register as a wedding officiant in Ohio?
You should receive notice of approval from the Secretary of State in no more than 2 - 3 days.