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 Nebraska, you've come to the right page. Ordained ministers with Open Ministry have successfully performed thousands of legal marriages in Nebraska 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 Nebraska.
Step 1 - How to Become Ordained
How to become an Ordained Minister in Nebraska
Ordination is completely free and can be completed in less than a few hours. Thousands of ministers have registered to perform marriages in Nebraska 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 Nebraska
Next, you should contact the office of your local marriage authority (typically your county clerk) in Nebraska. 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 Nebraska.
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 Nebraska
After you've contacted your marriage authority, you should visit our bookstore to purchase your official credentials and any required documentation (See Nebraska State Statutes for More Specific Requirements )
When registering in Nebraska 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 Nebraska to get a Complete Minister Package for Nebraska 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 Nebraska 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 Nebraska 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.
42-108 Marriage ceremony; who may perform; return; contents
Every judge, retired judge, clerk magistrate, or retired clerk magistrate, and every preacher of the gospel authorized by the usages of the church to which he or she belongs to solemnize marriages, may perform the marriage ceremony in this state. Every such person performing the marriage ceremony shall make a return of his or her proceedings in the premises, showing the names and residences of at least two witnesses who were present at such marriage. The return shall be made to the county clerk who issued the license within fifteen days after such marriage has been performed. The county clerk shall record the return or cause it to be recorded in the same book where the marriage license is recorded.
Chapter 42: Husband and Wife
Source R.S.1866, c. 34, Â§ 8, p. 255; Laws 1869, Â§ 2, p. 168; R.S.1913, Â§ 1547; C.S.1922, Â§ 1496; Laws 1927, c. 77, Â§ 1, p. 242; C.S.1929, Â§ 42-108; R.S.1943, Â§ 42-108; Laws 1951, c. 124, Â§ 1, p. 542; Laws 1971, LB 42, Â§ 2; Laws 1972, LB 1032, Â§ 249; Laws 1973, LB 226, Â§ 28; Laws 1981, LB 55, Â§ 1; Laws 1986, LB 525, Â§ 8; Laws 2006, LB 1115, Â§ 28.