Information on How to Get Ordained and Register as a Minister
How to get ordained and perform a wedding or ceremony in Delaware.
Since 2010, Open Ministry has been ordaining and helping people all over the world perform weddings, ceremony and other sacerdotal duties. This page focuses on requirements and information for Delaware, if you don't need the States Statues or ordination information for Delaware scroll down to the bottom of the page for links to other states.
Let's get started with the information for Delaware
If you are planning to get ordained in Delaware or you have been asked to perform a wedding ceremony in Delaware, or simply need to to find a minister in Delaware to perform your wedding ceremony the information on this page will assist you. If you still have questions we invite you to visit our FAQ or contact us for more detailed information. We are here to help and support our ministers and congregation.
Registered Ministers with Open Ministry have successfully performed thousands of marriages in Delaware and around the world!
The Ordination and Officiant information is provided below in an easy five step layout which is designed help walk you through the most common steps on registering to become a minister for Delaware and how perform a wedding ceremony in Delaware.
Step 1 - How to Become Ordained
How to get Ordained in Delaware and become a minister to perform weddings and marriage ceremonies in Delaware
Ordinations for Delaware are completely free and can normally be completed in less than a day. Thousands of people have registered and became licensed ministers in Delaware. Once you have completed the ordination process you are able perform marriages through Open Ministry in and for the state of Delaware!
Become Ordained for free and start your journey as an authorized minister in Delaware with Open Ministry.
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Step 2 - Contact The County Clerk
How to Register to Officiate a Marriage in Delaware
Next, contact the office of your local marriage authority (typically your county clerk in Delaware). Let them know that you are a ordained minister with Open Ministry in California, and ask them what information the will require of you, to officiate a marriage in Delaware. Most clerks and governing agencies may require that you present them with a physical copy of your ordination record.
When speaking with the county clerk; it can be helpful to use the following phrases.
- What agency or department issues marriage licenses in your county and how may I contact them?
- I am an ordained minister with a church in California and I would like to register as a wedding Officiant in your county to perform and solemnize weddings.
- I have my Letter of Good Standing and/or Ordination Credential as proof of my ministry and ordination.
- What additional documentation is required for me to register as a wedding Officiant in your county or state?
Step 3 - Getting Licensed to Perform the Marriage
License to perform a wedding in Delaware
After you've contacted your marriage authority, you will want to visit our bookstore to get physical copies official credentials for presentation and your records. (See Delaware State Statutes for More Specific Requirements )
When registering in Delaware you may be asked to display proof of your ordination to the county clerk's before they will accept the marriage license as having been legally solemnized. We typically advise ministers of Delaware to get a Complete Minister Package for Delaware which includes your Letter of Good Standing (the live signed and notarized physical copy of your standing with our ministry).
Having your physical copies credentials provides peace-of-mind to couples and others that you intend to marry. Additionally, we recommend at least 4 weeks between the date of the wedding ceremony and your order, to ensure that you receive all of your materials and are able to register in time. Please note that every state and county can impose different requirements. This may include other nominal fees and additional paperwork that may need to be completed before the ceremony can take place.
It is important to note that some county clerks in Delaware may require wedding officiants to attach a statement which asserts some of the elements in the marriage license upon submission, including the following:
- The time and location at which the wedding took place
- The names and places of residence of all official witnesses
- The religious organization in which the officiant is ordained
- The printed name and address of the officiant
Please note that, when filling out a marriage license, that Delaware State may request you use the title "Minister" or "Reverend". The County Clerks may also require you enter your denomination, you can use "Non-Denominational". Failing to state a denomination may result in rejection and could require a duplicate marriage license.
Step 4 - How to Perform the Wedding
How to perform a wedding in Delaware
Once you have completed of the above, you are ready to perform the wedding! Be sure that the couple has picked up their Delaware state issued marriage license from the appropriate office. Delaware marriage licenses valid for a set number of days, and there may be a waiting period between when the couple receives the marriage license in Delaware and when the ceremony may be legally performed in Delaware. This information should be written on the license and followed to ensure the ceremony is recorded properly.
Please be aware that the signed license must be returned to the issuing office in Delaware before the time limit is reached. Check the marriage license for the exact dates. Once the the previous matters have been addressed, officiating a wedding in Delaware can be a great and wonderful experience.
If you have any comments or issues as a wedding officiant in Delaware, or after you have been ordained, or would like to just asking for guidance on how to perform a wedding ceremony in Delaware. We recommend that all new Delaware wedding ministers who have issues or concerns about the ceremony read over our helpful guides.
106 Solemnization of marriages; production of license; penalty; registration of persons authorized to solemnize marriages
(a) A clergyperson or minister of any religion, current and former Judges of this State's Supreme Court, Superior Court, Family Court, Court of Chancery, Court of Common Pleas, Justice of the Peace Court, federal Judges, federal Magistrates, clerks of the peace of various counties and current and former judges from other jurisdictions with written authorization by the clerk of the peace from the county in Delaware where the ceremony is to be performed may solemnize marriages between persons who may lawfully enter into the matrimonial relation. The Clerk of the Peace in each county for good cause being shown may:
(1) Allow by written permit within that Clerk's respective county, any duly sworn member of another state's judiciary, to solemnize marriages in the State between persons who may lawfully enter into the matrimonial relation.
(2) Allow by written permit within that Clerk's respective county, the Clerk of the Peace from another county within the State to solemnize marriages in the State between persons who may lawfully enter into the matrimonial relation.
Within the limits of any incorporated municipality, the Mayor thereof may solemnize marriages between persons who may lawfully enter into matrimonial relation. Marriages shall be solemnized in the presence of at least 2 reputable witnesses who shall sign the certificate of marriage as prescribed by this chapter. Marriages may also be solemnized or contracted according to the forms and usages of any religious society. No marriage shall be solemnized or contracted without the production of a license issued pursuant to this chapter.
(b) For purposes of this section, the words "resident of this State" shall include the son or daughter of a person who has been domiciled within the State for 1 year or more, notwithstanding the actual place of residence of the son or daughter immediately prior to the date of the marriage.
(c) In the case of absence or disability of the duly elected Clerk of the Peace, the chief deputy or, if there is no chief deputy, a deputy employed in the office of the Clerk of the Peace, shall be authorized to solemnize marriages.
(d) Whoever, not being authorized by this section, solemnizes a marriage, shall be fined $100, and in default of the payment of such fine shall be imprisoned not more than 30 days, and such marriage shall be void, unless it is in other respects lawful and is consummated with the full belief of either of the parties in its validity.
Title 13: Domestic Relations - Chapter 1: Marriage - Subchapter I: General Provisions
Code 1852, Â§Â§ 1438-1440; 17 Del. Laws, c. 207, Â§ 9; 26 Del. Laws, c. 244, Â§ 6; 27 Del. Laws, c. 261, Â§ 2; Code 1915, Â§Â§ 2141, 2993; 32 Del. Laws, c. 182, Â§ 1; Code 1935, Â§Â§ 2434, 3486; 13 Del. C. 1953, Â§ 106; 49 Del. Laws, c. 220, Â§ 12; 54 Del. Laws, c. 126, Â§ 1; 57 Del. Laws, c. 129, Â§ 1; 59 Del. Laws, c. 34, Â§ 1; 63 Del. Laws, c. 21, Â§Â§ 1, 2; 63 Del. Laws, c. 403, Â§ 1; 70 Del. Laws, c. 30, Â§ 1; 70 Del. Laws, c. 186, Â§ 1; 70 Del. Laws, c. 307, Â§Â§ 1, 2; 71 Del. Laws, c. 289, Â§ 2; 72 Del. Laws, c. 82, Â§ 1; 75 Del. Laws, c. 113, Â§ 1; 76 Del. Laws, c. 24, Â§ 1; 77 Del. Laws, c. 272, Â§Â§ 1-3.;