Qualifications for a Reduced Marriage Fee

You can qualify for a reduced marriage fee if at the time you apply you provide an Educator's Statement that has exactly the following wording and names of the bride and groom in the Educator's Statement are identical to the legal names (first, middle, last) of the bride and groom as they appear in the marriage license application. (According to Minnesota Statutes Chapter 517)

Reduced Marriage Fee Educators Statement

  • The civil marriage license fee for parties who have completed 12 hours of premarital education is $40. In order to qualify for the reduced license fee, the parties must submit at the time of applying for the civil marriage license a signed, dated, and notarized or marked with a church seal from the person who provided the premarital education on their letterhead confirming that it was received. The premarital education must be provided by a licensed or ordained minister or the minister's designee, a person authorized to solemnize marriages under section 517.18, or a person authorized to practice marriage and family therapy under section 148B.33. The education must include the use of premarital inventory and the teaching of communication and conflict management skills.
  • The statement from the person who provided the premarital education under paragraph
  • Must be in the following form:
    • "I, [name of educator], confirm that [names of both parties] received at least 12 hours of premarital education that included the use of a premarital inventory and the teaching of communication and conflict management skills. I am a licensed or ordained minister, a person authorized to solemnize marriages under Minnesota Statutes, Section 517.18, or a person licensed to practice marriage and family therapy under Minnesota Statutes, section 148B.33."

The names of the parties in the educator’s statement must be identical to the legal names of the parties as they appear in the civil marriage license application. Notwithstanding section 138.17, the educator’s statement must be retained for seven years, after which time it may be destroyed.

Please fill out a copy of the Reduced Marriage Fee Educators Statement Form (PDF).