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Applying for a right to officiate weddings

  • Permit or other obligation
  • Nationwide
  • Public service

A registered religious community can apply for a member of their community a right to officiate weddings. The right to officiate weddings can be granted to a member of age of a religious community on application of the community. The member must be familiar with the prerequisites of officiating weddings, the procedure of the marriage ceremony and the officiator’s obligations and responsibilities.

Do the following

The registered religious community submits an application with the following appendices to the Digital and Population Data Services Agency, Oulu service location

  • the officiator's consent to acting as an officiator
  • an account of familiarity with the tasks of an officiator, either written by the officiator themselves or by the religious community.

To whom and on what terms

The right to officiate weddings can be applied for a member of age of a registered religious community. A written consent to acting as an officiator is needed from the person for whom the right is applied for. A precondition to granting the right to officiate weddings is that the person’s eligibility has not been restricted.

A fee is charged for the service.

60 €

Basic information

The service is provided byDigital and Population Data Services Agency
Responsible for the serviceDigital and Population Data Services Agency
Area Whole Finland
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: Digital and Population Data Services Agency
Updated: 4/23/2020