As of July 1, 2008, 18 V.S.A. § 5144a allows the Vermont Secretary of State to authorize individuals to officiate at specific marriages in Vermont. To become a temporary officiant, an applicant must fill out a registration form and return it with a filing fee of $100 (check or money order) to:
Office of the Secretary of State
Temporary Officiant Program
128 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05633-1101
The applicant will then receive written authorization from the secretary of state to officiate at a specific marriage. This authorization must be attached to the marriage license that is returned to the issuing municipal clerk. Officiants must be 18 years of age, or older. Please submit the registration form at least 10 days prior to the ceremony.
The Vermont Department of Health Vital Records Office maintains marriage certificates from the last five years only. You may reach their office at 802-863-7275 or 800-439-5008 (toll free in Vermont only) for further information. For marriage certificates older than five years, and ALL civil union certificates, please contact the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration at 802-828-3286 for further information. You may also obtain a copy for your marriage or civil union certificate from the town or city clerk where the license was issued.