Ministers, Officiants & Notaries Public
Ceremonies of Distinction
(520) 622-0252 (Tucson, AZ) Beautiful and meaningful ceremonies form lasting bonds for couples and their families and friends. I create and perform custom weddings and other personalized family ceremonies. Serving southern Arizona .
Matt T Nathanson, 1st Officiant
(480) 363-4282 (Scottsdale, AZ) I’ll provide you with a UNIQUE, STRESS-FREE way to plan your wedding ceremony. I offer two packages; a warm, simple ceremony and a custom-tailored ceremony.
Cincinnati OH (513) 884-2618 "I consider it an honor and a privilege to be invited to participate in one of the most important days of your lives!" Located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Serving Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky & 28 other states.
Spirit and Light: Arizona / National
(623) 561-0240 (Glendale, AZ) All-denominational weddings, commitment services and celebrations. We believe a couple’s wedding should reflect their unique personalities.
Stephanie J Batterman, Notary Public
Bath ME (207) 449-2497 Your Mid-Coast Maine Ceremony Your Way! All couples deserve a wedding ceremony that reflects their taste and their hope for committed and loving relationship. Let me help plan your ceremony.
Unforgettable Ceremonies, Rev Lisa Chachula
(623) 302-1514 (Surprise, AZ) Today is a day you will remember forever. Treasure it as I treasure both of you.
Weddings by Reverend D A Jones
(623) 386-6982 (Buckeye, AZ) i am an ordained minister and a member of the National Association of Christian Ministers, conducting weddings to suit you! We have different vows to chose from.
Weddings Ceremonies Gold Standard
Clifton NJ (973) 922-0219 We offer civil, contemporary, religious and same-sex marriages. We are multilingual. Ofrecemos ceremonias civiles, contemporáneas, religiosas y matrimonios de mismo sexo. Proveemos servicio en español, ingles y portugués.
Arizona State Laws
2011 Arizona Revised Statutes
Title 25 Marital and Domestic Relations
Article 2 Validity of Marriage
AZ Rev Stat § 25-111 (1996 through 1st Reg Sess 50th Legis)
25-111. Requirement of license and solemnization; covenant marriages
A. A marriage shall not be contracted by agreement without a marriage ceremony.
B. A marriage contracted within this state is not valid unless all of the following occur:
1. A license is issued as provided in this title.
2. The marriage is solemnized by a person authorized by law to solemnize marriages or by a person purporting to act in such capacity and believed in good faith by at least one of the parties to be so authorized.
3. The marriage is solemnized before the expiration of the marriage license.
C. The requirements of this section do not apply to the conversion of an existing marriage that is valid in this state to a covenant marriage that complies with the requirements of section 25-902
Article 3 Marriage License, Ceremony and Record
AZ Rev Stat § 25-123 (1996 through 1st Reg Sess 50th Legis)
25-123. Recording licenses; endorsement of solemnization; recording return; lost licenses
A. The clerk of the superior court shall maintain a record of all marriage licenses issued.
B. The person solemnizing the rites of matrimony shall endorse the act of solemnization on the license and shall return the license to the clerk within thirty days after the solemnization. The returned marriage license shall be recorded by the clerk.
C. If a marriage license is lost before the endorsement of solemnization, the persons who wish to marry shall reapply to the clerk for a marriage license pursuant to section 25-121 and pay a fee pursuant to section 12-284.
D. If the license that bears the endorsement of solemnization is lost, the clerk shall issue a replacement license that must be signed by the person who solemnized the marriage, the persons married and two of the witnesses to the marriage ceremony. The signed replacement license shall be returned to the clerk who shall record the license. If the persons married are unable to obtain all of the required signatures, either of them or their representative may apply to the superior court for an order to authorize the issuance of a duplicate endorsed marriage license. The application shall be by a sworn statement that describes the circumstances of the marriage ceremony and that contains the notarized signatures of the applicant and, if possible, both persons married, the person who solemnized the marriage and at least two witnesses to the marriage ceremony. If the application is submitted by a representative, the court shall determine if the representative is an appropriate requesting party. Pursuant to a court order, the clerk shall issue and record a duplicate endorsed marriage license. The court shall not charge a fee for the application or for issuing or recording the duplicate endorsed marriage license.
AZ Rev Stat § 25-124 (1996 through 1st Reg Sess 50th Legis)
25-124. Persons authorized to perform marriage ceremony; definition
A. The following are authorized to solemnize marriages between persons who are authorized to marry:
1. Duly licensed or ordained clergymen.
2. Judges of courts of record.
3. Municipal court judges.
4. Justices of the peace.
5. Justices of the United States supreme court.
6. Judges of courts of appeals, district courts and courts that are created by an act of Congress if the judges are entitled to hold office during good behavior.
7. Bankruptcy court and tax court judges.
8. United States magistrate judges.
9. Judges of the Arizona court of military appeals.
B. For the purposes of this section, “licensed or ordained clergymen” includes ministers, elders or other persons who by the customs, rules and regulations of a religious society or sect are authorized or permitted to solemnize marriages or to officiate at marriage ceremonies.
AZ Rev Stat § 25-125 (1996 through 1st Reg Sess 50th Legis)
25-125. Marriage ceremony; official; witnesses; marriage license; covenant marriages
A. A valid marriage is contracted by a male person and a female person with a proper marriage license who participate in a ceremony conducted by and in the presence of a person who is authorized to solemnize marriages and at which at least two witnesses who are at least eighteen years of age participate.
B. A marriage license shall be signed by both persons married, two of the witnesses to the marriage ceremony and the person who solemnized the marriage, who shall return the signed marriage license to the clerk of the superior court for recording.
C. This section does not apply to the conversion of an existing marriage that is valid in this state to a covenant marriage that complies with the requirements of section 25-902.
AZ Rev Stat § 25-128 (1996 through 1st Reg Sess 50th Legis)
25-128. Unlawful acts of person authorized to solemnize marriages; classification
A. It is unlawful for any person who is authorized to solemnize marriages to:
1. Knowingly participate in or by his presence sanction the marriage of a person under the age of eighteen years who obtained a marriage license without consent in writing of the parent or guardian lawfully entitled to give consent.
2. Solemnize a marriage without first being presented with a marriage license as required by the laws of this state.
3. Fail to file the marriage license with the act of solemnization endorsed on the marriage license within thirty days of the ceremony.
4. Knowingly make a false return of a marriage or pretended marriage to the clerk of the superior court.
B. A violation of this section is a class 2 misdemeanor.