The performance of marriages is a serious responsibility. Before applying to become a Marriage Officiant, it is imperative that you read, understand and are capable of fulfilling the Legal Requirements in the performance of marriages. It is the County Clerk's responsibility to ensure that individuals who perform marriages carry out this duty responsibly, and process vital documents according to state law.
Certificate of Permission is required to perform a marriage ceremony in the State of Nevada (refer to the Nevada Revised Statutes
Chapter 122). Permission can be granted in two ways:
1. Certificate of Permission to Perform Marriages - provides the ability to perform marriages without limitation for a certain period of time (specified below for the specific types). , and up to, provided the applicant is authorized by a church or religious organization that is incorporated, . Individuals who can apply for this type of certificate include the following:
- Minister or Other Church or Religious Official - Active or retired, and is in good standing with his or her authorizing organization. Any religious organization wishing to issue an Affidavit of Authority to Solemnize Marriages for an applicant must be organized or established in Nevada and meet certain other requirements (see current approved list of organizations). This type of Certificate of Permission if valid for five (5) years from the date of issuance.
- Temporary Replacement - For the temporary replacement of a period not to exceed 90 days of a minister or other church or religious official already holding a
Certificate of Permission to Perform Marriages.
- Notary Public - Must be in good standing with the Nevada Secretary of State (pursuant to N.R.S.
Chapter 240). This type of Certificate of Permission is only valid until the current Notary appointment expires, up to a maximum of four (4) years.
- Military Chaplain - Must be assigned to duty in the State of Nevada by the Armed Forces of the United States. Permission must be obtained from the County Clerk of the county in which his or her duty station is located. This type of Certificate of Permission if valid for five (5) years from the date of issuance.
>> PLEASE NOTE: Any of the above four types of applications received on or after December 1, 2017, will have the additional requirement of taking a training course. This required course is designed to educate applicants on the roles, responsibilities and legal requirements of being a Marriage Officiant. Upon the review and approval of your Officiant application, you will be notified to attend one of these classes. Classes will be held the 1st (at 9 a.m.) and 3rd (at 3 p.m.) Wednesday of every month starting in January, and the class may last up to an hour and a half depending on the number of attendees. Classes will not be held on certain holidays and are subject to be scheduled on different days and/or times. A schedule of upcoming classes can be found on the Training Schedule page. Once the training class has been successfully completed, the applicant will be presented with the Certificate of Permission to Perform Marriages and an official Marriage Officiant ID card.
2. Certificate of Permission to Perform a Single Marriage - provides the ability to only perform one (1) specific marriage ceremony (a maximum of 5 per year). This certificate must be obtained from the County Clerk of the county in which the ceremony will take place. Individuals who may apply for this type of certificate include the following:
- Minister or other church or religious official (active or retired) authorized to solemnize marriages in good standing within his or her church or religious organization, or
- A Notary Public in good standing with the Nevada Secretary of State (pursuant to N.R.S. Chapter 240).
In order to apply for authorization to conduct a single marriage ceremony, you must take our free online course to determine your eligibility and to obtain an application packet. To start the course now, click the button below: