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Ohio 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.

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10 Useful Officiant Registration Facts

1.

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

2.

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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3.

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.

What are the Wedding Officiant Registration Requirements in Ohio?

The Ohio Revised Code §3101.12 requires that all wedding officiants are required to register with the office of the Ohio Secretary of State before performing marriage.

Registration with the Ohio Secretary of State is simple. You can complete the entire process by mail. Provided there are no complications, the Secretary's office takes no more than 2-3 days to process your application.



How to Register as a Wedding Officiant with the Ohio Secretary of State

The Ohio Secretary of State's Licensing Procedures clearly outlines the regisgtration procedure for wedding officiants. In short, you will need to submit:


  1. Your Completed Application for Minister's License to Solemnize Marriage
  2. Your Ministry Credentials (Ordination Certificate or Letter of Good Standing)
  3. A $10 Check or Money Order. (Payable to the "Ohio Secretary of State")

STEP 1ORDER YOUR MINISTRY CREDENTIALS

Get started by ordering your Ohio Minister Ordination Package . Your package contains all required officiant registration documents for the Ohio Secretary of State. Included are your:


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STEP 2CUT A CHECK TO THE OHIO SECRETARY OF STATE

The last item you need is a $10 check or money order payable to the "Ohio Secretary of State".

STEP 3MAIL YOUR OFFICIANT APPLICATION TO THE OHIO SECRETARY OF STATE

When you receive your package, verify that all of the information is correct. Once satisfied, mail your completed application, ordination certificate, and $10 to the:

Ohio Secretary of State
180 E Broad St Suite 103
Columbus, Ohio 43215

APPROVAL OF YOUR OHIO OFFICIANT APPLICATION

Provided there are no complications, your application should be approved in no more than 2-3 days. You can also verify your registration with the Ohio Secretary of State Minister Search.

If you have questions about the minister registration process you can contact the Ohio Secretary of State:

Phone: (614) 728-9200
Hours: 8am-5pm M-F


As soon as you are registered with the Ohio Secretary of State you will have the authority to perform marriage anywhere in Ohio!



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 Ohio 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.

PREPARE FOR THE OHIO WEDDING CEREMONY

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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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