Marriage Credentials


MN Statutes 517.05   Ministers of any religious denomination, before they are authorized to solemnize a civil marriage, shall file a copy of their credentials of license or ordination or, if their religious denomination does not issue credentials, authority from the minister's spiritual assembly, with the local registrar of a county in this state, who shall record the same and give a certificate of filing thereof. The place where the credentials are recorded shall be endorsed upon and recorded with each certificate of civil marriage granted by a minister.

MN Statutes 517.07   Before any persons are joined in civil marriage in Minnesota, a license shall be obtained from the local registrar of any county within Minnesota.  The civil marriage need not take place in the county where the license is obtained but must take place within the geographical borders of Minnesota.