Ordination or Ministerial Credentials

For an ordained person (both Minnesota residents and non-residents) to be authorized to perform marriage ceremonies in Minnesota, the person must be at least 21 years old and must file their "credentials of license or ordination" with a Minnesota county. Once this is done, marriages may be performed anywhere in the State of Minnesota.

Application Process

There are four ways you can file your Ministerial Credentials or Ordination Paperwork. All options require the same information to be supplied:

  • A copy of your credentials/paperwork
  • Your contact information, including phone number, email and mailing address
  • Payment: the fee to file in Scott County is $20

Option 1: File in person at the Scott County Government Center

Customer Service is located at the address below on the first floor just inside the entrance to Government Center East

Option 2: File using the Drop Box

Place the required information in the Scott County Drop Box located in the circular driveway off Atwood St between 4th and 5th Avenues

Option 3: File by E-mail

E-mail the required information to:


Please make sure to include your contact info in the body of the e-mail so we can call you for payment details

Option 4: File by mail

Mail the required information to:

Scott County Government Center
Attn: Customer Service
200 Fourth Avenue West
Shakopee, MN 55379

Enclose: a check for $20 or indicate you would like a phone call to obtain a credit card number (please be aware there is a 2.49% convenience fee on credit/debit transactions)

Additional information

You must indicate which county your credentials are recorded in on the certificate of each marriage you perform