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 Vermont, you've come to the right page. Ordained ministers with Open Ministry have successfully performed thousands of legal marriages in Vermont 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 Vermont.
Step 1 - How to Become Ordained
How to become an Ordained Minister in Vermont
Ordination is completely free and can be completed in less than a few hours. Thousands of ministers have registered to perform marriages in Vermont 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 Vermont
Next, you should contact the office of your local marriage authority (typically your county clerk) in Vermont. 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 Vermont.
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 Vermont
After you've contacted your marriage authority, you should visit our bookstore to purchase your official credentials and any required documentation (See Vermont State Statutes for More Specific Requirements )
When registering in Vermont 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 Vermont to get a Complete Minister Package for Vermont 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 Vermont 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 Vermont 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.
5144 Persons Authorized to Solemnize Marriages
(a) Marriages may be solemnized by a supreme court justice, a superior judge, a judge of probate, an assistant judge, a justice of the peace, a magistrate, an individual who has registered as an officiant with the Vermont secretary of state pursuant to section 5144a of this title, a member of the clergy residing in this state and ordained or licensed, or otherwise regularly authorized thereunto by the published laws or discipline of the general conference, convention, or other authority of his or her faith or denomination, or by such a clergy person residing in an adjoining state or country, whose parish, church, temple, mosque, or other religious organization lies wholly or in part in this state, or by a member of the clergy residing in some other state of the United States or in the Dominion of Canada, provided he or she has first secured from the probate division of the superior court in the unit within which the marriage is to be solemnized a special authorization, authorizing him or her to certify the marriage if the probate judge determines that the circumstances make the special authorization desirable. Marriage among the Friends or Quakers, the Christadelphian Ecclesia, and the Baha'i Faith may be solemnized in the manner heretofore used in such societies.
(b) This section does not require a member of the clergy authorized to solemnize a marriage as set forth in subsection (a) of this section, nor societies of Friends or Quakers, the Christadelphian Ecclesia, or the Baha'i Faith to solemnize any marriage, and any refusal to do so shall not create any civil claim or cause of action.
Title 18: Health - Part 6: Births, Marriages and Deaths - Chapter 105: Marriage Records and Licenses
Amended 1965, No. 194, Â§ 10, eff. Feb. 1, 1967; 1971, No. 22, eff. March 23, 1971; 1975, No. 1; 1979, No. 142 (Adj. Sess.), Â§ 26; 1981, No. 113 (Adj. Sess.); 1999, No. 91 (Adj. Sess.), Â§ 28; 2007, No. 148 (Adj. Sess.), Â§ 1; 2009, No. 3, Â§ 9, eff. Sept. 1, 2009; 2009, No. 154 (Adj. Sess.), Â§ 147.