Thurston County Superior Court Judges are authorized by law to perform marriage ceremonies in the state of Washington.
Marriage ceremonies are performed both at the Thurston County Courthouse and at other locations.
If no witnesses are available, please inform the judge.
The marriage license must be provided to the judge at least 1 day prior to the ceremony to have the documents properly completed on the wedding day.
In Washington, no laws exist requiring ministers to register with any government office in order to perform marriage, though all wedding officiants must be at least 18 years of age. The only step you need to take to have authority to perform marriage is to become an AMM Minister. If you would like to confirm for yourself that you do not need to register with the Washington State government, you can contact the local Thurston County Auditor office's where the couple will apply for their marriage license: Please be aware that non-attorney government workers are prohibited from giving legal advice.
If you ask about legal issues, you will likely receive indirect answers.
The Olympia Municipal Court Judge is authorized by law to perform marriage ceremonies in the State of Washington.
Marriage ceremonies are performed both at the Olympia Municipal Court and at other locations.
If I officiate a wedding and the marriage license is been properly completed and returned within the timeframe specified by the State, will you dutifully record the license? Though not required, we encourage you to order a Minister Licensing Package.
In the solemnization of marriage no particular form is required, except that the parties thereto shall assent or declare in the presence of the minister, priest, imam, rabbi, or similar official of any religious organization, or judicial officer solemnizing the same, and in the presence of at least two attending witnesses, that they take each other to be spouses.
The following named officers and persons, active or retired, are hereby authorized to solemnize marriages, to wit: Justices of the supreme court, judges of the court of appeals, judges of the superior courts, supreme court commissioners, court of appeals commissioners, superior court commissioners, any regularly licensed or ordained minister or any priest, imam, rabbi, or similar official of any religious organization, and judges of courts of limited jurisdiction as defined in RCW 3.02.010.
A marriage license may be obtained from any county seat in Washington State. Also, the marriage certificate will be recorded in the county in which the license was applied for.
To obtain a license in Thurston County, complete the online application then visit the Auditor's Office to complete the process.
(5) No state agency or local government may base a decision to penalize, withhold benefits from, license, or refuse to contract with any religious organization based on the opposition to or refusal to provide accommodations, facilities, advantages, privileges, service, or goods related to the solemnization or celebration of a marriage.