5 Essential Facts to Know Before Officiating a Wedding in Texas
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 Texas.
Who Can Officiate Weddings in Texas?
This is the relevant exerpt from the Texas Statutes § Sec. 2.202
" (a) The following persons are authorized to conduct a marriage ceremony:
(1) a licensed or ordained Christian minister or priest;
(2) a Jewish rabbi;
(3) a person who is an officer of a religious organization and who is authorized by the organization to conduct a marriage ceremony; and...
Basically, this means that as long as you are ordained through any church, you can officiate weddings.
Are Online Ordinations Recognized in Texas?
Yes. All online ordained ministers, including those ordained through AMM are recognized in Texas.
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Is Government Registration Required to Officiate a Wedding in Texas?
The Texas Government does not license, register, or certify ministers or wedding officiants. Officiant registration is not required in Texas to officiate a wedding.
What Office Do I Register with Before Officiating a Wedding in Texas?
The Texas Government does not have any office that licenses, registers, or certifies wedding officiants.
What is the Minimum Legal Age to Officiate a Wedding in Texas?
All Wedding Officiants in Texas must be at least 18 years old.
Preparing to Officiate a Wedding in Texas
As there is no officiant registration required in Texas, 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 Texas Officiant Ceremony Preparation page.
PREPARE FOR THE TEXAS WEDDING CEREMONY