Marriage Officiant and Chapel Meetings:
Please visit our
meetings page for videos of previous meetings and a schedule of upcoming meetings.
The performance of marriages is a serious responsibility. It is the County Clerk's responsibility to ensure that individuals who perform marriages perform this duty responsibly, and process vital documents according to state law.
Who Can Apply?
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:
Certificate of Permission to Perform Marriages - provides the ability to perform marriages without limitation, provided the applicant is authorized by a church or religious organization that is incorporated, organized or established in Nevada (see current approved list of organizations) and certain other requirements are met. Individuals who can 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 with his or her church or religious organization (click here to download application).
Temporary replacement of a minister or other church or religious official already holding a
Certificate of Permission to Perform Marriages for a period not to exceed 90 days (click here to download application).
A Notary Public in good standing with the Nevada Secretary of State (pursuant to N.R.S.
Chapter 240) (click here to download application).
Any Chaplain who is 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 (click here to download application).
Certificate of Permission to Perform a Single Marriage - provides the ability to only perform one 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:
PLEASE NOTE: Do NOT obtain your application paperwork elsewhere or you may be instructed to reapply using our forms.
How to Apply?
Download the appropriate application packet;
Complete all required forms - incomplete forms will delay processing and may result in the denial of your application;
Submit the application packet with all required documentation and the non-refundable $25 processing fee within the time period specified; and
If required, complete the online background check application as instructed once your application is received, reviewed, and approved for processing. Correspondence will be sent informing you how to complete this process.
Marriage Officiant Resources:
If you are already a Marriage Officiant in the State of Nevada or are applying to become one, it is imperative that you understand your duties and responsibilities before performing a marriage ceremony.
Marriage Officiant Legal Requirements and Instructions
If you are or will be earning money conducting marriage ceremonies and/or services, you need to understand your business licensing requirements. Below are links to the various state and local business licensing offices that will assist you in determining your legal requirements:
State of Nevada
Clark County Business License Division
City of Las Vegas Business License Division
City of Henderson Business License Division
City of North Las Vegas Business License Division
City of Boulder City Business License Division
It is the responsibility of Marriage Officiants and their religious organizations to keep our office informed of any changes to their personal information or organizational status.
Change of Information
Affidavit of Removal of Authority to Solemnize Marriages
The Nevada Marriage Officiant Public Search through the Nevada Secretary of State allows the public to search by name, county, or (for religious officiants) by church affiliation for officiants who have been granted Certificates of Permission.
MLIC.Vegas QR Code for download