Ministry credentials

Ministry Credentials


PERSONS AUTHORIZED TO PERFORM MARRIAGES: Marriages may be solemnized throughout the state by an individual who has attained the age of 21 years and is a judge of a court of record, a retired judge of a court of record, a court administrator, a retired court administrator with the approval of the chief judge of the judicial district, a former court commissioner who is employed by the court system or is acting pursuant to an order of the chief judge of the commissioner's judicial district, the residential school administrators of the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf and the Minnesota State Academy for the Blind, a licensed or ordained minister of any religious denomination, or by any mode recognized in section 517.18 of Minnesota Statute.

Ministers of any religious denomination may file a copy of their credentials of license or ordination with the office in the Duluth Courthouse by mail or in person.

Ministry Credentials Registration by Mail

If registering by mail, send $25.00 filing fee, the original or a photocopy of credentials, license or ordination to St. Louis County Recorder, Attn: Credentials, P.O. Box 157, Duluth, MN 55801. Make your check or money order payable to the St. Louis County Recorder. The recorded document will be returned to the mailing address furnished.  Also, please include a phone number.

Ministry Credentials Registration in Person

If registering in person, furnish the original or a photocopy of credentials of license or ordination to the St. Louis County Recorder’s Office, 100 N 5th Avenue W., Room 101, Duluth, MN 55802. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Standard Time. For additional information or questions phone 218-726-2677 or email .

Ministry Credentials Registration by Email

To record a ministry credential and pay online, use the following instructions:

St. Louis County offers credit card payments (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover) through ACI Payments. You will be charged a service fee for the use of this service. Please use today's date as the transaction number so that we can process the order quickly. Go to the ACI Payment web site. Next, click on “Local Payments”. Choose the State of “Minnesota”, payment entity of “St. Louis County”, and payment type of “copy fee” and enter $25 for the amount, . Follow the remaining steps as prompted. Print out or save the Confirmation of Payment page that you receive from ACI Payment Inc so you can attach to the email with the application.  Located at: 

Send a copy of credential paperwork and the confirmation of payment to . Once these are received, the request will be processed and mailed out.  Please include a telephone number and address for mailing you recorded credential back to you. Allow 1-2 weeks for processing and mail delivery time.