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Persons authorized to officiate a wedding are listed in Section 2.202 of the Texas Family Code. The list includes:
There are no requirements to register with the state as a wedding officiant, and no state agency requires officiants to register before they can conduct a marriage ceremony. If they review the law and believe they can perform the marriage ceremony, then they can perform the ceremony.
Knowingly officiating a wedding without proper authorization is a Class A misdemeanor. However, ceremonies conducted by an unauthorized person may still be valid if certain conditions were met:
See Texas Family Code Section 2.302 for more details.
For more information, please see our page on Conducting the Marriage Ceremony on the Marriage in Texas guide. See more Legal FAQs about marriage in Texas, including the Legal FAQ Can a marriage ceremony in Texas be conducted over Zoom or Skype?