What are the Wedding Officiant Registration Requirements in Ohio?

Officiant Registration is Required

Registration Office: Secretary of State

Approximate Cost: $10

Registration Difficulty: Easy

Processing Time: 2-3 Days

The Ohio Revised Code § 3101.08 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 days to process your application.

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

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


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



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:


  • Completed Application for Minister's License to Solemnize Marriage
  • Ministry Credentials - 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 guidance on how to officiate weddings.



STEP 2CUT A CHECK TO THE OHIO Secretary of State

The last item you need is a c check or money order payable 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 Application For Minister's License To Solemnize Marriage to the:

Secretary of State
Minister's License
22 North Fourth Street
Columbus, OH 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: 614.466.8770
Hours: M-F | 8:00am - 5:00pm

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.


Use Our AMM Wedding Helper

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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