How to Get Ordained, Register and Perform Weddings By State
Get Ordained, Register and Perform a wedding or ceremony in New Hampshire.
If you are planning to get ordained in New Hampshire, need to find a minister in New Hampshire or have been asked to perform a wedding ceremony in New Hampshire, you've come to the right place.
As an ordained minister with Open Ministry, our ministers have successfully performed thousands of marriages in New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire and perform a wedding ceremony in New Hampshire.
Step 1 - How to Become Ordained
How to get and become Ordained in New Hampshire to Officiate or perform marriages in New Hampshire
Our Ordinations for New Hampshire are completely free and can be completed in less than a day. Thousands of people have registered and become licensed ministers in New Hampshire and are able perform marriages through Open Ministry in New Hampshire!
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Step 2 - Contact The County Clerk
How to Register to Officiate a Marriage in New Hampshire
Next, you should contact the office of your local marriage authority (typically your county clerk) in New Hampshire. 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 New Hampshire.
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 New Hampshire
After you've contacted your marriage authority, you should visit our bookstore to purchase your official credentials and any required documentation (See New Hampshire State Statutes for More Specific Requirements )
When registering in New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire to get a Complete Minister Package for New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire
Once you have completed of the above, you are ready to perform the wedding! Be sure that the couple has picked up their New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire and when the ceremony may be legally performed in New Hampshire.
Please be aware that the signed license must be returned to the issuing office in New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire can be a great experience.
If you have any comments or issues as a wedding officiant in New Hampshire, or after you have been ordained, or would like to just asking for guidance on how to perform a wedding ceremony in New Hampshire. We recommend that all new New Hampshire wedding ministers who have issues or concerns about the ceremony read over our helpful guides.
457:31 Solemnization of Marriage
A marriage may be solemnized in the following manner:
I. In a civil ceremony by a justice of the peace as commissioned by the state and by judges of the United States appointed pursuant to Article III of the United States Constitution, by bankruptcy judges appointed pursuant to Article I of the United States Constitution, or by United States magistrate judges appointed pursuant to federal law; or
II. In a religious ceremony by any minister of the gospel in the state who has been ordained according to the usage of his or her denomination, resides in the state, and is in regular standing with the denomination; by any member of the clergy who is not ordained but is engaged in the service of the religious body to which he or she belongs, and who resides in the state, after being licensed therefor by the secretary of state; or within his or her parish, by any minister residing out of the state, but having a pastoral charge wholly or partly in this state.
Title 63: Domestic Relations - Chapter 457: Marriages
Source. RS 147:6. CS 156:6. 1861, 2484:1. GS 161:9. 1877, 57:1. GL 180:9. PS 174:8. 1919, 56:1. 1921, 79:1. PL 286:28. RL 338:31. RSA 457:31. 1969, 435:1. 1998, 294:1. 2001, 11:1, eff. April 24, 2001. 2006, 86:2, eff. July 4, 2006. 2009, 59:3, eff. Jan. 1, 2010.