Using Get Ordained To Perform Wedding Ceremonies Across The US

U.S. wedding laws vary significantly from state-to-state, and even between individual counties. To help you navigate these complexities, we have created a comprehensive database that includes all the essential information about wedding laws around the country.

Using the interactive map below, simply click on any state to learn about its specific marriage rules and regulations. As opposed to clunky government websites, these pages offer clear and concise explanations as well as helpful tutorials for officiating wedding ceremonies in each state. Click on a state below to get started!

How To be able to Officiate A Wedding

It's fairly easy to get permission from county clerks to file for marriage licenses, provided that you are trying to do so in a state that recognizes our ordination (see above for more information on which states do — and do not — recognize it). Follow these three simple steps to prepare for the wedding and file for a marriage license.

Where You Can Officiate Weddings After Using Get Ordained

First, approach the county clerk of the county where the marriage license is going to be filed for your upcoming wedding and tell them that you are going to perform a wedding as a Universal Life Church minister in their county and that you want to make sure they accept our ordination.

If they do accept our ordination, ask if you need to register as a wedding officiant before you perform the ceremony.

Finally, determine if the county clerk will need to see any forms of ministerial documentation or government-issued identification before they allow you to file for a marriage license. Any form of ministerial documentation that a ULC minister might need can be found in the Ministry Products section.

Problem States

Pennsylvania — State law technically does not allow ministers of the ULC to perform wedding ceremonies there, but the volume of successful attempts at filing for marriage licenses in the home state of the tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians we have ordained suggests otherwise. Furthermore, a recent ruling by a Bucks County court found that the ULC ordination should always be accepted in there, so anyone with our minister license can perform legally-recognized wedding ceremonies in at least one county of the Keystone State.

Virginia — By far the most difficult state to receive permission to perform weddings in, Virginia state marriage laws do not allow for ULC ministers to legally allowed to act as wedding officiants. The clerk's office of Spotsylvania County generally does accept our ordination, fortunately, so our Virginian ministers have the option of filing marriage licenses there.