In this post we’ll look at how to become a wedding officiant in New Brunswick.
You can find more information on the Government of New Brunswick website here.
How to Become a Wedding Officiant in New Brunswick, Canada
A New Brunswicker who wants to become a wedding officiant in the province may want to contact the Registrar General for New Brunswick.
Anyone interested will need to complete an application form, and pay a $150 fee as well as submit two photographs of themselves which are not more than six months old and are sized three inches by four inches (76 millimetres by 102 millimetres).
Each wedding couple that wants to become married at a government-registered site (such as a courthouse) will also need to supply two sets of fingerprints.
The first step in the process is to provide documentation that meets the requirements of other Canadian provinces and territories.
This involves applying for a marriage licence from the Vital Statistics Agency or filing a form with the Registrar General.
The applicant must be at least eighteen years old, and must produce two pieces of acceptable identification: an original birth certificate or an original baptism record and an original passport (or other acceptable identification).
There is no fee for obtaining a marriage licence in New Brunswick, but there is a fee of $1.50 when applying for the license itself.
Both members of the couple must be present to apply for a marriage licence. The marriage license is issued for a fee of $50 at any Vital Statistics Registry Office.
Once the couple has obtained the marriage licence, they will need to contact an officiant.
An officiant is someone who has been appointed by the Government of New Brunswick to legally marry couples in New Brunswick.
In order to become an officiant, you are required to have been nominated by two people residing in New Brunswick who are eighteen years of age or over and authorized to solemnize marriages.
Both the minister and the officiant must have a court order (religious marriage is not necessary) to perform ceremonies.
If your application has been approved by both of the nominations, you will be issued a proper certificate of authority for officiating legal marriages in New Brunswick.