Ordination or Ministerial Credentials

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. Once this is done, marriages may be performed anywhere in the State of Minnesota.

Application Process

There are two ways you can file your Ministerial Credentials or Ordination Papers:

Option 1: File in person
Collect your original ministerial credentials or ordination papers, and apply at one of our Customer Service Centers:

Shakopee Customer Service Center
Elko New Market Customer Service Center 
 
Option 2: File by mail
Please mail a copy of your original Ministerial Credentials or Ordination Papers to:

Scott County Government Center
Attn: Customer Service
200 Fourth Avenue West
Shakopee, MN 55379
Remember to Bring
A copy of your original Ministerial Credentials or Ordination Papers
Your identification.
 
Cost
There is no cost for filing in Scott County.

Additional information
You will have to indicate what county you have your credentials registered in on the certificate of each marriage you perform.