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State Laws for Ministers
Hawaii

Marriage
Title 31, 572-12 By whom solemnized.
A license to solemnize marriages may be issued to, and the marriage rite may be performed and solemnized by any minister, priest, or officer of any religious denomination or society who has been ordained or is authorized to solemnize marriages according to the usages of such denomination or society, or any religious Society not having clergy but providing solemnization in accordance with the rules and customs of that society, or any justice or judge or magistrate, active or retired, of a state or federal court in the State, upon presentation to such person or society of a license to marry, as prescribed by this chapter. Such person or society may receive the price stipulated by the parties or the gratification tendered. Ministers must apply for license from the Dept. of Health prior to performing weddings. A letter of Denominational Standing is required along with a copy of the ordination credential of the denomination or society.

Counseling/healing
451J-6 Exemption
(a) Licensure shall not be required of: (1) A person doing work within the scope of practice or duties of the person's profession that overlaps with the practice of marriage and family therapy; provided the person does not purport to be a marriage and family therapist;

453D-6
Any person who is a duly recognized member of the clergy; provided that the person functions only within the person's capacity as a member of the clergy; and provided further that the person does not represent the person to be "a licensed mental health counselor," or describe or refer to the person's services as mental health counseling.

465-3 Exemptions.
(a) This chapter shall not apply to:
     (7) Any person who is a duly recognized member of the clergy; provided that the person functions only within the person's capacities as a member of the clergy; and provided further that the person does not represent the person to be a psychologist, or the person's services as psychological. (b) Nothing in this chapter shall in any way restrict any person from carrying on any of the psychological activities as defined in section 465-1; provided that such person does not offer psychological services as defined in this chapter except as such activities are incidental to the person's lawful occupational purpose.

467E-6 Exemptions. Licensure shall not be required of:
(6) Any person who is a duly recognized member of the clergy; provided that the person functions only within the person's capacities as a member of the clergy; and provided further that the person does not purport to be a social worker;


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