How to Get Ordained, Register and Perform Weddings By State
Get Ordained, Register and Perform a wedding or ceremony in Washington.
If you are planning to get ordained in Washington, need to find a minister in Washington or have been asked to perform a wedding ceremony in Washington, you've come to the right place.
As an ordained minister with Open Ministry, our ministers have successfully performed thousands of marriages in Washington 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 Washington and perform a wedding ceremony in Washington.
Step 1 - How to Become Ordained
How to get and become Ordained in Washington to Officiate or perform marriages in Washington
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Step 2 - Contact The County Clerk
How to Register to Officiate a Marriage in Washington
Next, you should contact the office of your local marriage authority (typically your county clerk) in Washington. 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 Washington.
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 Washington
After you've contacted your marriage authority, you should visit our bookstore to purchase your official credentials and any required documentation (See Washington State Statutes for More Specific Requirements )
When registering in Washington 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 Washington to get a Complete Minister Package for Washington 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 Washington 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 Washington 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 Washington
Once you have completed of the above, you are ready to perform the wedding! Be sure that the couple has picked up their Washington 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 Washington and when the ceremony may be legally performed in Washington.
Please be aware that the signed license must be returned to the issuing office in Washington 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 Washington can be a great experience.
If you have any comments or issues as a wedding officiant in Washington, or after you have been ordained, or would like to just asking for guidance on how to perform a wedding ceremony in Washington. We recommend that all new Washington wedding ministers who have issues or concerns about the ceremony read over our helpful guides.
26.04.050 Who may solemnize
The following named officers and persons, active or retired, are hereby authorized to solemnize marriages, to wit: Justices of the supreme court, judges of the court of appeals, judges of the superior courts, supreme court commissioners, court of appeals commissioners, superior court commissioners, any regularly licensed or ordained minister or any priest of any church or religious denomination, and judges of courts of limited jurisdiction as defined in RCW 3.02.010.
Title 26: Domestic Relations - Chapter 4: Marriage
[2007 c 29 Â§ 1; 1987 c 291 Â§ 1; 1984 c 258 Â§ 95; 1983 c 186 Â§ 1; 1971 c 81 Â§ 69; 1913 c 35 Â§ 1; 1890 p 98 Â§ 1; 1883 p 43 Â§ 1; Code 1881 Â§ 2382; 1866 p 82 Â§ 4; 1854 p 404 Â§ 4; RRS Â§ 8441.]