District of Columbia

Wedding Officiant and Ceremonial Minister Ordination

Performing A Ceremony In Washington DC?

District of Columbia Wedding Minister Ordination How do you get ordained to perform wedding ceremonies for your friends and family in District of Columbia? Getting ordained is simple, legal, inexpensive and takes just a few minutes!

Minister ordination for District of Columbia 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 District of Columbia and is valid and accepted throughout the United States and everywhere around the world!

The laws of the District of Columbia require persons performing marriage ceremonies to file their credentials with the Marriage Bureau (Room JM-690 of the Moultrie Courthouse) prior to performing a ceremony anywhere in the District. 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 Washington DC, 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 Washington DC. Please contact our support team for additional information on local regulations.

Not a resident of Washington DC? The District of Columbia does not restrict legally ordained non-resident ministers from serving in the District. Under the terms of your ordination, you will also be permitted to serve in your home state.
Ordination Fee: We offer low-cost ordination that is valid and accepted throughout the United States, including District of Columbia, 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 (single ceremony) ordination is not accepted in Washington DC. To perform marriage ceremonies in the District of Columbia, you must request complete ordination.

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Please enter the full, legal name of the person being ordained as it should appear on the documents.


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Are you a doctor, or do you hold a professional title? If you prefer, you may enter your name as "Dr. Jean Smith" or "Robert Jones, Ph.D."


Please select your preferred ordination package. All ordination packages are accepted throughout District of Columbia for resident and non-resident Marriage Officiants.

Select District of Columbia Ordination Package:

5-Year Unlimited District of Columbia Ordination Package $28.95 (Best Value)

10-Year Unlimited District of Columbia Ordination Package $42.95 (Save 25%)

All packages include personalized ordination certificate, letter of good standing, minister credential ID card, District of Columbia marriage law guide and all required forms and documents.
Unlimited ordination permits you to perform an unlimited number of ceremonies throughout District of Columbia and most U.S. and international locations without restriction.

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FAST DOCUMENT DELIVERY! In a rush? Order a PDF* copy of your key ordination documents for only $6.95. PDF copies are sent via Hightail generally within one business day. (You will also receive the complete set of printed personalized documents via your preferred shipping method.)


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