How to Get Ordained, Register and Perform Weddings By State
Get Ordained, Register and Perform a wedding or ceremony in Kansas.
If you are planning to get ordained in Kansas, need to find a minister in Kansas or have been asked to perform a wedding ceremony in Kansas, you've come to the right place.
As an ordained minister with Open Ministry, our ministers have successfully performed thousands of marriages in Kansas 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 Kansas and perform a wedding ceremony in Kansas.
Step 1 - How to Become Ordained
How to get and become Ordained in Kansas to Officiate or perform marriages in Kansas
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Step 2 - Contact The County Clerk
How to Register to Officiate a Marriage in Kansas
Next, you should contact the office of your local marriage authority (typically your county clerk) in Kansas. 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 Kansas.
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 Kansas
After you've contacted your marriage authority, you should visit our bookstore to purchase your official credentials and any required documentation (See Kansas State Statutes for More Specific Requirements )
When registering in Kansas 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 Kansas to get a Complete Minister Package for Kansas 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 Kansas 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 Kansas 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 Kansas
Once you have completed of the above, you are ready to perform the wedding! Be sure that the couple has picked up their Kansas 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 Kansas and when the ceremony may be legally performed in Kansas.
Please be aware that the signed license must be returned to the issuing office in Kansas 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 Kansas can be a great experience.
If you have any comments or issues as a wedding officiant in Kansas, or after you have been ordained, or would like to just asking for guidance on how to perform a wedding ceremony in Kansas. We recommend that all new Kansas wedding ministers who have issues or concerns about the ceremony read over our helpful guides.
23-104a Solemnizing marriage; persons authorized to officiate
(a) Marriage may be validly solemnized and contracted in this state, after a license has been issued for the marriage, in the following manner: By the mutual declarations of the two parties to be joined in marriage, made before an authorized officiating person and in the presence of at least two competent witnesses over 18 years of age, other than the officiating person, that they take each other as husband and wife.
(b) The following are authorized to be officiating persons:
(1) Any currently ordained clergyman or religious authority of any religious denomination or society;
(2) any licentiate of a denominational body or an appointee of any bishop serving as the regular clergyman of any church of the denomination to which the licentiate or appointee belongs, if not restrained from so doing by the discipline of that church or denomination;
(3) any judge or justice of a court of record;
(4) any municipal judge of a city of this state; and
(5) any retired judge or justice of a court of record.
(c) The two parties themselves, by mutual declarations that they take each other as husband and wife, in accordance with the customs, rules and regulations of any religious society, denomination or sect to which either of the parties belong, may be married without an authorized officiating person.
Chapter 23: Domestic Relations - Article 1: Marriage
History: L. 1968, ch. 207, Â§ 1; L. 1973, ch. 134, Â§ 26; L. 1984, ch. 134, Â§ 1; L. 1996, ch. 194, Â§ 2; July 1.