How to Register as a Wedding Officiant in Colorado

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A license or registration is not required to become a wedding officiant in the state of Colorado, unlike in many other states. In Colorado, marriages may be performed by judges, court referees, public officials with solemnization powers -- anyone with the authority to preside over public celebrations such as mayors -- or any individual recognized by a religious organization, Indian nation or tribe. To qualify as an ordained officiant, simply complete an ordination program through on online source and Colorado's criteria will be met.

Locate an online ordination organization such as Universal Life Church Monastery, American Fellowship Church, First International Church of the Web, The Ministerial Seminary of America or Open Ordination.

Complete the necessary paperwork or application to become an ordained minister using your complete full name. Including any variation of your legal name, including a nickname such as Steve rather than Steven, makes the ordination invalid.

Check your mail. In approximately six to eight weeks, a certificate of ordination, a letter of good standing and a wallet ordination card are mailed to you upon completion of the online paperwork or application.

Make a copy of the ordination certificate for your files, in case the original documents received are lost or destroyed.


  • Once you become ordained, it is permanent unless you request to give up the ordination.

    While Colorado does not require a license to be a wedding officiant, check with local government officials if performing a ceremony in a different state.



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Stephanie Steensma began writing in 1998 as a radio news reporter. Her work has appeared in print publications such as "Engineering Today" and "Dome Magazine" as well as online. Steensma has a Bachelor of Arts in communication and journalism from Western Michigan University.

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