How to Get Ordained, Register and Perform Weddings By State
Get Ordained, Register and Perform a wedding or ceremony in Iowa.
If you are planning to get ordained in Iowa, need to find a minister in Iowa or have been asked to perform a wedding ceremony in Iowa, you've come to the right place.
As an ordained minister with Open Ministry, our ministers have successfully performed thousands of marriages in Iowa and around the world!
The Ordination and Officiant information is provided below in five steps, is designed help walk you through the most common steps in registering to become a minister for Iowa and perform a wedding ceremony in Iowa.
Step 1 - How to Become Ordained
How to get and become Ordained in Iowa to Officiate or perform marriages in Iowa
Our Ordinations for Iowa are completely free and can be completed in less than a day. Thousands of people have registered and become licensed ministers in Iowa and are able perform marriages through Open Ministry in Iowa!
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Step 2 - Contact The County Clerk
How to Register to Officiate a Marriage in Iowa
Next, you should contact the office of your local marriage authority (typically your county clerk) in Iowa. 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 Iowa.
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 Iowa
After you've contacted your marriage authority, you should visit our bookstore to purchase your official credentials and any required documentation (See Iowa State Statutes for More Specific Requirements )
When registering in Iowa 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 Iowa to get a Complete Minister Package for Iowa 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 Iowa 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 Iowa 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 Iowa
Once you have completed of the above, you are ready to perform the wedding! Be sure that the couple has picked up their Iowa marriage license from the appropriate office. 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 Iowa and when the ceremony may be legally performed in Iowa.
Please be aware that the signed license must be returned to the issuing office in Iowa before the time limit is reached. Check the marriage license for the exact dates. Once the legal matters have been addressed, officiating a wedding in Iowa can be a great experience.
If you have any comments or issues as a wedding officiant in Iowa, or after you have been ordained, or would like to just asking for guidance on how to perform a wedding ceremony in Iowa. We recommend that all new Iowa wedding ministers who have issues or concerns about the ceremony read over our helpful guides.
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