Credential of License or Ordination

Filing Credentials of License or Ordination


For an ordained person (both Minnesota residents and non-residents) to be authorized to perform marriage ceremonies in Minnesota, the person must be at least 21 years old and must file their "credentials of license or ordination" with a Minnesota county (MN Statute 517.05).   Once this is done marriages may be performed anywhere in the State of Minnesota.  
 

Filing Requirements

In Person 


Bring the following items 
             
  • Provide a copy of your credential of license or ordination
  • Proof of Identification
  • Pay the $5.00 fee - Cash, Check or Money Order payable to the "Wright County Recorder" 
  • Complete a Certificate of Filing form
By Mail
Submit the items listed below to
       
        Wright County Recorder
        Attn:  Credentials
        10 - 2nd Street NW, RM#210
        Buffalo, MN  55313

        
  • Your completed certificate of filing form with your signature notarized
  •  A copy of your license, ordination, or marriage credentials; or a statement of marriage authority       from a spiritual authority (copy will be kept in our office).
  • $5.00 check or money order payable to the "Wright County Recorder"

 Questions?  Please contact our office at 763-682-7355.
 

Information for Marriage Officiant

A marriage license that was issued by Wright County is given to the applicants at the time they complete the application process.  They will receive two pieces of paper that include the marriage license and the marriage certificate.  They will also receive and envelope that can be used to send the completed certificate back to our office.  The marriage license shall be kept by the officiant as proof of your authority to solemnize the marriage.  The marriage certificate needs to be completed by the officiant.  Failure to complete the marriage certificate properly will result in a delay of the issuance of the certified marriage.  

If you have any questions about performing a marriage within the borders of Minnesota please contact our office at 763-682-7355.