Last Updated: October 5th, 2023
5 Essential Facts to Know Before Officiating a Wedding in Rhode Island
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 Rhode Island.
Who Can Officiate Weddings in Rhode Island?
This is the relevant exerpt from the State of Rhode Island General Laws § 15-3-5.
" Every ordained clergy or elder in good standing, every justice of the supreme court, superior court, family court, workers' compensation court, district court or traffic tribunal, the clerk of the supreme court, every clerk or general chief clerk of a superior court... "
Basically, this means that as long as you are ordained through any church, you can officiate weddings.
Are Online Ordinations Recognized in Rhode Island?
Yes. All online ordained ministers, including those ordained through AMM are recognized in Rhode Island.
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Is Government Registration Required to Officiate a Wedding in Rhode Island?
The Rhode Island Government does not license, register, or certify ministers or wedding officiants. Officiant registration is not required in Rhode Island to officiate a wedding.
What Office Do I Register with Before Officiating a Wedding in Rhode Island?
The Rhode Island Government does not have any office that licenses, registers, or certifies wedding officiants.
What is the Minimum Legal Age to Officiate a Wedding in Rhode Island?
All Wedding Officiants in Rhode Island must be at least 18 years old.
Preparing to Officiate a Wedding in Rhode Island
As there is no officiant registration required in Rhode Island, 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 Rhode Island Officiant Ceremony Preparation page.
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