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Friday, August 22, 2014
Clerk: Services
Marriage Officiants 

The Nevada Secretary of State's office has created a database containing information on ministers, religous officials, military chaplains and Notaries Public who have been granted Certificates of Authority to Solemnize Marriages in the State of Nevada. The Nevada Marriage Officiant Public Search allows the public to search by name, county, or (for religious officiants) by church affiliation. 

Per Chapter 122 of the Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS), an applicant must be a licensed, ordained, or appointed minister, or other religious official; in good standing with their church or religious organization and authorized to perform a marriage ceremony by that organization.  The applicant's church or religious organization must be incorporated, organized or established in Nevada and the applicant's ministry must be one of service to a church or religious organization.  Ministers and religious officials living in a state other than the State of Nevada may apply for permission to perform a single marriage ceremony.  Applications from individuals living outside the United States will not be accepted.

Per NRS 122, a Notary Public appointed by the Nevada Secretary of State and in good standing pursuant to Chapter 240 of NRS, may apply for a Certificate of Authority to Solemnize Marriages.

To obtain a Certificate of Authority to Solemnize a Marriage in the State of Nevada, complete and submit the appropriate application from the Application section of this page.

To avoid delays in processing, applicants should ensure all questions are answered and documents are signed by the appropriate party and notarized.  Applicants must submit original documents with original signatures and notarization. Applications may not be faxed or sent via email.  Your Certificate of Authority to Solemnize Marriages will be sent to you via U.S. mail unless other arrangements are made.

Background checks are required for the following applications:

            Minister or Religious Official Permanent Certificate
            Retired Minister or Religious Official Permanent Certificate
            Notary Public Active Certificate
            Temporary Replacement Minister Certificate

The non-refundable fee for the background check is $45.  Additional information is contained in the individual application packets.  Processing of these applications, including the completion of the background check, requires approximately 45 days.

Applications for a Certificate of Authority to Solemnize a Single Marriage Ceremony do not require a background check.  These applications should be submitted 30 days in advance of the wedding date to allow sufficient processing time. 

Applications require a $25 non-refundable processing fee.  We cannot accept credit cards or personal checks for payment of this fee or for the background check.  Payment may be made by money order or bank cashier check only.

Applications are interactive.  This enables the user to enter information directly into the appropriate fields and print out the completed form.  Applications cannot be submitted online or by fax.

Minister or Religious Official Permanent Certificate of Authority (Local Applicants only)

 This application is for first-time applicants or previous certificate holders who changed religious organizations or had a previous certificate removed.  Ministers or religious officials must be in good standing with their church or religious organization and authorized to solemnize a marriage by that organization.  In general, the Certificate of Authority remains in effect until the minister or religious official voluntarily terminates his/her certificate, moves from Clark County, changes religious organizations, or has his/her certificate removed by the County Clerk for failure to comply with Nevada law.

Minister or Religious Official Certificate of Authority to Solemnize a Single Marriage Ceremony (Local or Out-of-State applicants) 

This application is for first-time applicants or previous certificate holders who changed religious organizations or had a previous certificate removed.  Ministers or religioius officials must be in good standing with their church or religious organization and authorized to solemnize a marriage by that organization.  In general, the Certificate of Authority remains in effect until the minister or religious official voluntarily terminates his/her certificate, moves from Clark County, changes religious organizations, or has his/her certificate removed by the County Clerk for failure to comply with Nevada law. NRS 122 provides that ministers and religious officials, who reside in Nevada or any other state, may apply for a Certificate of Authority to solemnize a specific marriage ceremony.  Ministers or religious officials must be in good standing with their church or religious organization and authorized to solemnize a marriage by that organization.  A separate authorization is required for each marriage performed.  Such minister or religious official may perform no more than five marriages in Nevada in any calendar year.  

Retired Minister or Religious Official Permanent Certificate of Authority (Local applicants)

NRS122 states that even though a minister or religious official is retired, this does not disqualify him/her from obtaining a Certificate of Authority to Solemnize Marriages if, before his/her retirement, he/she had active charge of a church or religious organization for a period of at least 3 years.  This application is for current Permanent Certificate holders wishing to change their certificate to "Retired Status" or applicants who wish to file an initial application for a "Retired Status" Certificate.

Retired Minister or Religious Official Certificate of Authority to Solemnize a Single Marriage Ceremony (Local or Out-of-State Applicants)

This application is for those ministers and religious officials who are retired and wish to apply for a Certificate of Authority to solemnize a marriage ceremony in the State of Nevada.  A separate authorization is required for each marriage performed.  Such minister or religious official may perform no more than five marriages in Nevada in any calendar year.

If a retired minister or religious official who holds a Certificate of Authority to Solemnize Marriages moves from one Nevada County to another, his/her certificate remains valid.  A Notice of Relocation of Resident County must be submitted to the County Clerk in the new county of residence.

Military Chaplain (Locally Stationed Applicants)

This application is for military chaplains in the Armed Forces of the United States stationed in Nevada.  The application must be accompanied by proof of military status and current assignment as a military chaplain.  Military Chaplains are not required to pay the $25 application fee.  

 Notary Public Active Certificate of Authority to Solemnize Marriages (Local Applicants)

NRS 122 authorizes a Notary Public appointed by the Nevada Secretary of State and in good standing, to apply for a Certificate of Authority to Solemnize Marriages.  If granted, the certificate remains in effect until the Notary Public's commission expires.  If the Notary Public renews his/her commission, he/she must reapply for a new Certificate of Authority to Solemnize Marriages.

Notary Public Certificate of Authority to Solemnize a Single Marriage Ceremony (Local Applicants)

NRS 122 authorizes a Notary Public appointed by the Nevada Secretary of State and in good standing, to apply for a Certificate of Authority to solemnize a specific marriage ceremony. A separate authorization is required for each marriage performed.  Such Notary Public may perform no more than five marriages in Nevada in any calendar year.

For Temporary Replacement Applicants:  A temporary certificate may be obtained for a local minister or religious official who is filling in for another local minister or religious offical during an absence, for a period not to exceed 90 days.  Please contact Marriage Officiant Processing at 702-671-3061 for information and instructions.

When performing a marriage ceremony and completing the marriage certificate, it is imperative that the officiant follow the instructions provided.  Please review this information before the marriage ceremony and before submitting documents to the Clark County Recorder's Office.

            Religious Marriage Officiant Instructions Regarding Duties
            Religious Marriage Officiant Instructions Regarding Duties (Spanish)
            Notary Public Marriage Officiant Instructions Regarding Duties