How do you get ordained to perform wedding ceremonies for your friends and family in Vermont? Getting ordained is simple, legal, inexpensive and takes just a few minutes!
Minister ordination for Vermont includes authorization to legally perform all of life's celebrations, including marriage ceremonies (weddings), baby blessings (baptism), house blessings, re-commitment ceremonies (vow renewal), memorials (funerals), handfasting, and other rites and rituals.
Ordination as a Marriage Officiant and ceremonial minister complies with all state and local laws in Vermont and is valid and accepted throughout the United States and everywhere around the world!
The laws of the State of Vermont require non-resident ministers* to file their credentials with the probate court of the district within which the marriage is to take place prior to performing a ceremony anywhere in the state. You must hold a current and valid minister's license to perform such rites; in addition, you must present your credentials to any state or local authority and/or the bridal couple upon their request.
In Vermont, ordination or investment by the Church gives each clergy member the authority to perform the marriage rite. You are not required to undergo any specific formal training to become ordained in Vermont.
Not a resident of Vermont? Legally ordained non-resident ministers are allowed to serve in Vermont, but must register with the probate court of the district within which the marriage is to take place prior to performing a ceremony. All required forms are included with your ordination. Additionally, if you request complete ordination, you will also be permitted to serve in your home state.
Ordination Fee: We offer low-cost ordination (accepted throughout the United States, including Vermont) for a nominal fee that covers our basic printing costs, which is generally a fraction of how much you can earn by performing just one ceremony!
All state-required forms and documents are included in all packages. In addition, any fees paid may be tax-deductible as a work-related expense. (Consult with your tax professional for more information.)
Please Note: Basic-level (one day, or single ceremony) ordination is valid and accepted in Vermont for resident and non-resident ministers. (Non-resident ministers must register with the probate court of the district within which the marriage is to take place prior to performing a ceremony in Vermont.)
* — Ceremonial ministers permanently residing in Vermont are exempt from this requirement.
To view ordination credential samples, please click here.