Information on How to Get Ordained and Register as a Minister
How to get ordained and perform a wedding or ceremony in New Hampshire.
Since 2010, Open Ministry has been ordaining and helping people all over the world perform weddings, ceremony and other sacerdotal duties. This page focuses on requirements and information for New Hampshire, if you don't need the States Statues or ordination information for New Hampshire scroll down to the bottom of the page for links to other states.
Let's get started with the information for New Hampshire
If you are planning to get ordained in New Hampshire or you have been asked to perform a wedding ceremony in New Hampshire, or simply need to to find a minister in New Hampshire to perform your wedding ceremony the information on this page will assist you. If you still have questions we invite you to visit our FAQ or contact us for more detailed information. We are here to help and support our ministers and congregation.
Registered Ministers with Open Ministry have successfully performed thousands of marriages in New Hampshire and around the world!
The Ordination and Officiant information is provided below in an easy five step layout which is designed help walk you through the most common steps on registering to become a minister for New Hampshire and how perform a wedding ceremony in New Hampshire.
Step 1 - How to Become Ordained
How to get Ordained in New Hampshire and become a minister to perform weddings and marriage ceremonies in New Hampshire
Ordinations for New Hampshire are completely free and can normally be completed in less than a day. Thousands of people have registered and became licensed ministers in New Hampshire. Once you have completed the ordination process you are able perform marriages through Open Ministry in and for the state of New Hampshire!
Become Ordained for free and start your journey as an authorized minister in New Hampshire with Open Ministry.
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Step 2 - Contact The County Clerk
How to Register to Officiate a Marriage in New Hampshire
Next, contact the office of your local marriage authority (typically your county clerk in New Hampshire). Let them know that you are a ordained minister with Open Ministry in California, and ask them what information the will require of you, to officiate a marriage in New Hampshire. Most clerks and governing agencies may require that you present them with a physical copy of your ordination record.
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 or state?
Step 3 - Getting Licensed to Perform the Marriage
License to perform a wedding in New Hampshire
After you've contacted your marriage authority, you will want to visit our bookstore to get physical copies official credentials for presentation and your records. (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 (the live signed and notarized physical copy of your standing with our ministry).
Having your physical copies credentials provides peace-of-mind to couples and others that you intend to marry. Additionally, we recommend at least 4 weeks between the date of the wedding ceremony and your order, to ensure that you receive all of your materials and are able to register in time. Please note that every state and county can impose different requirements. This may include other nominal fees and additional paperwork that may need to be completed before the ceremony can take place.
It is important to note that some county clerks in New Hampshire may require wedding officiants to attach a statement which asserts 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 state issued marriage license from the appropriate office. New Hampshire 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. This information should be written on the license and followed to ensure the ceremony is recorded properly.
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 the previous matters have been addressed, officiating a wedding in New Hampshire can be a great and wonderful 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.