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Becoming a marriage celebrant

Marriages in Jersey can only be performed by an authorised marriage celebrant. 

The term ‘marriage celebrant’ includes:

  • an Authorised Civil Celebrant who will perform civil marriages
  • an Authorised Religious Official who will perform marriage in accordance with their religious rites

Civil marriage celebrants must perform the marriage of same-sex couples and must officiate civil partnership conversions.

Apply to be an Authorised Civil Celebrant

Application

Before applying, make sure that there are vacancies for the role and read the:

Complete an application form and return it to us.

Assessment

You may be invited to interview, or we might ask for information from others to help determine your application.

You will also be invited to take part in training and assessment to see if you have the skills and knowledge required to act as a marriage celebrant.

Registration

Once you have been authorised as an Authorised Civil Celebrant you need to:

  • take an oath before the Royal Court of Jersey to well and faithfully perform the duties of an Authorised Civil Celebrant
  • pay the £150 initial registration fee and the annual registration fee £200. The annual fee must be paid by 5 January for each year of registration

Then we will enter your details into the register of Authorised Civil Celebrants. You will be authorised five years.

Appeal

If we reject your application you can request a review by the Minister.

Contact us if you want the Minister to review your application.

Renewal of authorisation as an Authorised Civil Celebrant

You need to apply to renew your authorisation before the end of the five year term. The renewal process is the same as the application process, except that you will not have to pay the £150 initial registration fee or take the Royal Court oath.

Applying to be an Authorised Religious Official

A religious official authorised to celebrate marriage in Jersey on or before 30 June 2018 will automatically be authorised until 30 June 2019 to perform marriages between opposite-sex couples in the places of worship they were previously authorised in relation to.

Apply to become an Authorised Religious Official

Between the 30 June 2018 and 30 June 2019 you need to make sure your religious organisation completes an application form and state whether:

  • the denomination of the religious organisation
  • your religious organisation consents to your performing marriage of same-sex couples
  • you consent to perform the marriage of same-sex couples
  • the locations your religious organisation approves for marriage

Assessment

You may be invited to interview, or we might ask for information from others to help determine the application.

You could also be invited to a training session. The purpose is to assess whether you have the knowledge required to perform marriage in accordance with the law.

Registration

If you become an Authorised Religious Official we will enter your details on to the Register of Authorised Religious Officials. You will be authorised for an unlimited period.

Appeal

If we reject your application you can request a review by the Minister. 

Contact us if you want the Minister to review your application.

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