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South Carolina Officiant Government Registration Requirements

Learn what the marriage officiant registration requirements are in South Carolina. This page covers everything you need to know to legally officiate wedding ceremonies in South Carolina.

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Who can officiate weddings in South Carolina?

" Only ministers of the Gospel, Jewish rabbis, officers authorized to administer oaths in this State, and the chief or spiritual leader of a Native American Indian entity recognized by the South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs pursuant to Section 1-31-40 are authorized to administer a marriage ceremony in this State. "
South Carolina Code of Laws § 20-1-20

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Are online ordained ministers recognized in South Carolina?

Yes. All online ordained ministers, including those ordained through AMM are recognized in South Carolina.
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3.

Am I as the minister officiant required to register with the South Carolina Government?

The South Carolina Government does not license, register, or certify ministers or wedding officiants. Officiant registration is not required in South Carolina to officiate a wedding.

4.

What South Carolina office handles officiant registration?

The South Carolina Government does not have any office that licenses, registers, or certifies wedding officiants.

5.

How old do I have to be to officiate a wedding in South Carolina?

All Wedding Officiants in South Carolina must be at least 18 years old.

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What are the Wedding Officiant Registration Requirements in South Carolina?

You may be surprised to hear this, but wedding officiants in South Carolina are not required to register with any government office prior to performing marriage. The South Carolina State Government has no laws requiring officiant registration or office dedicated to the registration of wedding officiants.

South Carolina does have a law (South Carolina Code of Laws 20-1-20) that specifies who can solemnize marriage. This includes all ministers, including online ordained ministers of American Marriage Ministries. However, there are no laws, offices, or procedures requiring officiants to register with any government office.

Simply put, once you are an online ordained minister of American Marriage Ministries you immediately have the legal ability to officiate weddings anywhere in South Carolina. If you have been asked to officiate a wedding in South Carolina, Get ordained with AMM today!

Ordination with AMM is fast, free, and simple. To learn more about getting ordained in South Carolina with AMM, check out our Get Ordained in South Carolina page.

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Though there are no officiant registration requirements in South Carolina, you must be an ordained minister to be able to legally perform marriage. Local regulations in South Carolina stipulate that wedding officiants under the designation of “Minister” be ordained by a religious organization, such as American Marriage Ministries.

While you are not required to register with any South Carolina government office as a wedding officiant, it is a good idea to keep personal records of your official Ministry Credentials. Proof of your ordination is essential in the event that the couple, government officials, or the wedding venue request to see proof of your ordination.

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We recommend that you order your South Carolina Minister Ordination Package to receive your official ministry credentials. Your package includes your official 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 officiant training information.

Part of the proceeds from your order will go towards our charitable activities. So along with receiving your AMM ministry credentials, you are also helping to support a good cause.

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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 South Carolina 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.

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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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