How to Get a Minister’s License

Picture Above: Elders Michael Mooney, and Aaron Kight Administering the Laying on Hands Blessing in Atlanta Georgia

Short Answer

In order to get a minister’s license, you must first complete a ordination application and submit it to the church, ministry, or organization of your choice. The church will then review your application and decide if you are eligible to become a minister. If you are approved, you will be given a ministerial license.  However, you must use the application that they provide, and meet all of the requirements set forth in their bylaws for the appointment of ministers.  The general requirements by the NACM (this organization) are outlined here.

Licensed Ministers

Minister licenses are issued by two types of organizations: 1) Religious; and 2) Governmental.  The most important are licenses issued by religious organizations.  However; there are cases where the law requires ministers to register to officiate weddings.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

The 1st amendment of the constitution guarantees the freedom to practice religion.  However, some States require licenses from both for sake of solemnizing weddings.

If you want to get a minister’s license from the State, the process is not as difficult as you may think. In most cases, you will need to complete a short application and submit it to your local government office with the licenses issued by your ordaining body. Once your application has been approved, you will be issued a license that allows you to perform weddings, funerals, and other religious ceremonies.  However, that is on a per State basis.  In most US States, minister’s are not required to register.  See more about State ministerial registration requirements here.

The Requirements to Become a Minister

In order to become a minister, you must first meet certain requirements. Depending on your denomination, these requirements may vary, but there are some general requirements that all ministers must meet.

    • First, you must be at least 18 years old, with a high school diploma or equivalent.  Some denominations may require you to have a college degree as well.
    • You will need to complete a training program approved by your denomination. This program will usually include courses on theology, the Bible, and counseling. Some denominations also require that you complete an internship before you can be licensed as a minister.
    • Once you have met all of the requirements set forth by your denomination, you will need to apply for a minister’s license. The application process will vary depending on your denomination, but it will typically involve an interview and/or exam.

After you have been licensed as a minister, you will need to renew your license every year. The renewal process is typically much simpler than the initial licensing process and only requires that you remain in good standing with your denomination.

How to Get Ordained as a Minister

If you feel called to the ministry, there are a few steps you need to take in order to get ordained. First, you’ll need to find a denomination that you align with and meet their requirements. Once you’re ordained, you’ll be able to perform all the duties of a minister, including officiating weddings, funerals, and other religious ceremonies.

Of course, becoming ordained doesn’t mean that you’re automatically qualified to lead a church or be a pastor. But it does give you the legal authority to perform many of the ministerial duties that people typically associate with clergy members. So if you feel called to serve in this capacity, don’t let anything hold you back from taking this important step.


In conclusion, getting a minister’s license is not as difficult as it may seem. As long as you meet the requirements and follow the steps outlined in this article, you should have no problem obtaining your license. Remember, becoming a licensed minister is a great way to further your career in ministry and help others in need.