Your complete ceremonial minister credentials package for Arkansas includes all of the documents you'll need to legally perform all of life's celebrations, including weddings, baby blessings (baptism), house blessings, re-commitment ceremonies (vow renewal), memorials (funerals), handfasting and other ceremonies.
Ordination through First Nation as a Wedding Officiant and ceremonial minister complies with all Arkansas laws and is valid and accepted throughout the state and everywhere around the world!
The laws of the State of Arkansas require persons performing marriage ceremonies to file their credentials with a County Clerk’s Office in the State of Arkansas¹ 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 Arkansas, 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 Arkansas.
Not a resident of Arkansas? Arkansas does not restrict legally ordained non-resident ministers from serving anywhere in the state. Under the terms of your ordination, you will also be permitted to serve in your home state.
Registration Fee: The current registration fee is $32 for comprehensive (complete) ordination that is accepted in Arkansas, as well as most other states and local jurisdictions (two-year licensing term). All state-required forms and documents are included.
Please Note: Basic-level (single ceremony) ordination is not accepted in Arkansas. To perform marriage ceremonies in Arkansas, you must request complete ordination.
¹ — Check with the County Clerk's office that is issuing the marriage license for Officiant registration instructions.