Marriage - Ordinations
Houston County Marriage records start in 1854.
You can research the marriage records yourself or staff from this
office will do research. See
Fee Schedule above for hourly rate for Genealogy research.
There is a Statewide Minnesota Official Marriage
System website that you can search for marriages and it will tell you
what county you need to contact for the particular marriage that you are
searching for. The website
Houston County now has eMarriage Applications, which means you can apply
on line and then come in to our office to pay the fees and sign the
eMarriage Application system:
Houston County Marriage License Application Policy
You can apply at any County in the State of
Minnesota as long as you are getting married in the State of Minnesota.
Reduced Marriage Fee Educators Statement
Reduced Marriage Fee Educators Statement is use when you have had at
least 12 hour of pre-marital education classes.
See Minnesota Statute 517.08 Subd 1; 517.18 and 148B.33.
These are primarily for the clergy.
Please contact the Houston County Recorder’s Office if you have
On July 1, 2010 the marriage laws had several changes take
effect. The change that
seemed to be causing the biggest problem has to do with the Educator’s
Statement that comes from the clergy so that couples can receive a “REDUCED
MARRIAGE FEE” license.
The Reduced Marriage Fee Educators Statement “may” be used by clergy
when this situation arises.
This form MUST be copied on to church
letterhead, the names of the applicants must be their full
complete names (including
middle name, not initials) and it may either be marked with the
CHURCH’S SEAL, or it may be signed by the clergy
IN FRONT OF A NOTARY.
The notary must then fill in the notary section at the bottom of
the letter, sign and affix their notary seal.
The original must then
be presented to this office at the time that the couple applies for
their marriage license. If
any part of the above paragraph is not done properly, the couple has two
choices. One is to return
the form to the clergy for corrections; the second is to pay the full
Certificate of Filing Ordinations
In order for anyone to perform a marriage in the State of
Minnesota, the ordination credentials must be recorded in a County in
the State of Minnesota.
To file your ordination credentials in Houston County you must
fill out the Certificate of Filing page and accompany that with your
Please check the fee schedule for the filing fee.