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651-438-4313

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651-554-6600

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952-891-7570

Ministerial Registration

​Under Minnesota Statutes 517.04, 517.05, and 517.15, before a minister of any religious denomination can perform a marriage ceremony in Dakota County, they must be registered with the county.

A person must be 21 years of age in order to perform a marriage in Minnesota.

Persons authorized to perform marriage ceremonies in Minnesota are required to assure that the couple has obtained a Minnesota Marriage license and that the individuals appearing before them are the persons names on the marriage license.

Locations (see business hours)


Fees: $5.50

Register in person
You must provide a copy of your Ordination Certificate to any of the three locations listed above.  If you do not have a Certificate of Ordination, one of the following may be substituted:

  • A letter from the main church body (such as the Archdiocese or Synod) with the signature of one official.
  • A letter from the church, which must:
    • Be on church letterhead (if not, the officials’ signatures must be notarized).
    • State that the church authorizes the applicant to solemnize marriages.
    • Be signed by three other officials of the church.


Please provide your address and phone number. Once received, a Certificate of Filing will be sent. 

Register by mail
Send a copy of your Ordination Certificate and fee to:

Dakota County Vital Statistics
1590 Highway 55 Suite 2300
Hastings, MN 55033

Make checks payable to: Dakota County

If you do not have a Certificate of Ordination, one of the following may be substituted:

  • A letter from the main church body (such as the Archdiocese or Synod) with the signature of one official.
  • A letter from the church, which must:
    • Be on church letterhead (if not, the officials’ signatures must be notarized).
    • State that the church authorizes the applicant to solemnize marriages.
    • Be signed by three other officials of the church.


Please provide your address and phone number. Once received, a Certificate of Filing will be sent.

Last updated: 1/8/2014 7:31 AM