How to Register and Perform a Wedding By State
If you are either planning to be married or have been asked to perform a wedding ceremony in Idaho, you've come to the right page. Ordained ministers with Open Ministry have successfully performed thousands of legal marriages in Idaho and around the world!
The information provided below is designed to walk you through the most common steps to become a minister and perform a wedding ceremony in Idaho.
Step 1 - How to Become Ordained
How to become an Ordained Minister in Idaho
Ordination is completely free and can be completed in less than a few hours. Thousands of ministers have registered to perform marriages in Idaho and other states each year!
If you haven't already, you should get ordained online with Open Ministry.
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Step 2 - Contact The County Clerk
How to Register to Officiate a Marriage in Idaho
Next, you should contact the office of your local marriage authority (typically your county clerk) in Idaho. Let them know that you are a minister of Open Ministry in California, and ask what they will require of you to officiate a legal marriage in Idaho.
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?
Step 3 - Getting Licensed to Perform the Marriage
License to perform a wedding in Idaho
After you've contacted your marriage authority, you should visit our bookstore to purchase your official credentials and any required documentation (See Idaho State Statutes for More Specific Requirements )
When registering in Idaho 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 Idaho to get a Complete Minister Package for Idaho which includes your Letter of Good Standing.
Having your ordination credentials will also provide peace-of-mind to any couple that you intend to marry. Additionally, we recommend that you have at least 4 weeks between the date of the wedding ceremony and your order, to ensure that you receive all of your materials in time to register.
It is important to note that some county clerks in Idaho may require wedding officiants to attach a statement avowing 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 Idaho 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.
32-303 BY WHOM SOLEMNIZED
Marriage may be solemnized by any of the following Idaho officials: a current or retired justice of the supreme court, a current or retired court of appeals judge, a current or retired district judge, the current or a former governor, the current lieutenant governor, a current or retired magistrate of the district court, a current mayor or by any of the following: a current federal judge, a current tribal judge of an Idaho Indian tribe or other tribal official approved by an official act of an Idaho Indian tribe or priest or minister of the gospel of any denomination. To be a retired justice of the supreme court, court of appeals judge, district judge or magistrate judge of the district court, for the purpose of solemnizing marriages, a person shall have served in one (1) of those offices and shall be receiving a retirement benefit from either the judges retirement system or the public employee retirement system for service in the Idaho judiciary.
Title 32: Domestic Relations - Chapter 3: Solemnization of Marriage