Ordination

Filing Credentials of License or Ordination

Ministers of any religious denomination, before they are authorized to solemnize a marriage, must file a copy of their credentials of license or ordination with a Minnesota county (MS 517.05). These filings are accepted through our office.

In-Person

  • You can file in person at the Vital Records office located at:
    Winona County Office Building
    202 W 3rd Street
    Winona, MN 55987
  • Complete a Certificate of Filing Form (PDF)
  • Provide a copy of your credential of license or ordination. An unexpired wallet card may be acceptable.
  • Pay the $20 fee.

By Mail

  • Submit a completed Certificate of Filing Form (PDF)
  • A copy of your credential of license or ordination. If your credential has information on both sides, such as a wallet card, please provide a copy of each side. Do not send your original.
  • Money order or check made payable to Winona County Auditor-Treasurer in the amount of $20
  • Mail to:
    Winona County Vital Records
    202 W 3rd Street
    Winona, MN 5598