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HOW TO GET A MARRIAGE LICENSE

"Our wedding was one of the most wonderful experiences in our lives thanks to Peter. The entire night was filled with love from start to finish and he captured the pure essence of who we are and the joy in our lives." -Jeffery (wedding: 4/27/14)

Weddings In The Time of Covid-19

ONLINE MARRIAGE LICENSING IS HERE!

On May 7, 2020 The New York City Clerk's office Project Cupid app for online marriage licensing went live, making it possible for couples to get their license via videoconference.

UPDATE: On August 5, 2020, the NYC Clerk announced on social media that new appointments for Project Cupid licensing would be released on a weekly basis on Thursdays. The Clerk reserves the right to change the release schedule without prior notice. The Clerk suggests that couples who haven't received an apponitment check back frequently, as cancellations are added to site as they occur.

UPDATE 2: On October 22, 2020, the Clerk's office released appointments for November 9 - November 13, 2020.

Licenses remain valid for 60 days + the 24 hour waiting period upon issue. So please make sure that your appointment date is no more that 61 days before your wedding date.

Since marriage licenses issued anywhere in New York State are valid everywhere in New York State, some couples have told us that they were able to get in-person appointments for marriage licenses with Clerks' Offices for earlier dates in Westchester and Nassau counties (Update: Some offices are now limiting licenses to county or town residents). If this option might be for you, you can find contact information on our list of Town and City Clerks offices in New York State.

HOW THE NYC ONLINE MARRIAGE LICENSE SYSTEM WORKS
1. Complete the existing online marriage license application and get your confirmation number.
2. Create a NYC.ID account at the Project Cupid link and get verified online.
3. Pay the $35 license fee, and schedule an online meeting with the City Clerk. Both parties to the marriage MUST be together and MUST be in New York State for your online meeting.
4. Have your wedding ceremony.
5. Upload your signed license to the City Clerk.



VIRTUAL/ONLINE WEDDING CEREMONIES ARE HERE!

On May 11, 2020 the New York City Clerk published Procedures for Virtual Wedding Ceremonies.

UPDATE: Governor Cuomo's Executive Order allowing online wedding ceremonies (Executive Order 202.20) has been extended five times (Executive Orders 202.33, 202.39, 202.49, 202.55, 202.60).

UPDATE 2: On October 5, 2020 Governor Cuomo extended the Executive Order allowing online wedding ceremonies to continue through November 3, 2020 (Executive Order 202.67).

The requirements are summarized below:
Note: The 24-hour waiting period from when your license is issued to the time you may get married is still in effect.
1. The couple, the witness, and the officiant must be present on the same videoconference.
2. The couple must visibly display their valid photo identification to the officiant online.
3. All participants in the ceremony must affirm that they are physically located in the State of New York.
4. The couple must sign the marriage license onscreen during the wedding videoconference.
5. On the day of the wedding, the couple must transmit a digital copy of the signed license to the witness, who must sign it and transmit it back to the couple.
6. On the day of the wedding, the couple must transmit a copy of the signed license to the officiant, who must sign and complete it and transmit it back to the couple.
7. The couple must transmit the completed license to the City Clerk via email or through the Project Cupid portal.



Our Wedding Officiant NYC is happy to announce that we are now making appointments for Virtual/Online Weddings!



ONLINE SERVICES:

Online License Signing - $100
A very short procedure just to solemnize your Marriage legally. Simple “I do’s”, and signing of document with couple and Witness only.

Online Elopement Ceremony - $300
Something you can always remember and treasure. My standard elopement style ceremony: Choice of Spiritual or Civil, type of Reading, and Traditional or Contemporary Vows. Virtual guests welcome!

To check our availability, call Peter, email directly at peter@ourweddingofficiantnyc.com
or fill out the form below.

THROUGH OCTOBER 31, 2020 (AT LEAST):
In order to keep you safe, all in-person wedding ceremonies and license signings must take place outdoors with appropriate social distancing.

No matter what your wedding plans may be during this unprecedented time, Our Wedding Officiant NYC will make every effort to accommodate each couple, and ensure that your Love Story has a ceremony it deserves!

Marriage Licenses are issued by your town or city clerk on behalf of New York State, so any license obtained in the state is valid in New York City. The current fee for a marriage license is $35 in NYC and $40 outside of the 5 boroughs.

WHEN TO GET A MARRIAGE LICENSE?

No matter where in New York State you get your license, you must apply for it in person, together. THERE IS A 24 HOUR WAITING PERIOD from the time you receive your license to the time you may wed. Licenses are valid for 60 days before they expire, so plan accordingly.

WHERE TO GET A MARRIAGE LICENSE?

There is a New York City Clerk's Office in every borough where you can get your Marriage License. The City Clerk’s Office IS NOT OPEN ON WEEKENDS OR HOLIDAYS.

In NYC, you can apply for a marriage license online. You will still need to go to the City Clerk's office together, with valid identification, to complete the process. (If you've previously been married, be prepared to provide your final divorce decree.) The online application is valid for 21 days before it expires. If you don't make it to the Clerk's office in that time, you can reapply online. We recommend that you take advantage of the online system, as our couples who have used it report speedy service from the Clerk.

In neighboring counties, Town and City Clerk's office hours vary widely, some require appointments. Please check with your local government for locations and hours. Acceptable forms of identification also vary. You can find links to your Town or City Clerk's offices for Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam, Nassau and Suffolk Counties here.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET THE MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE?

You will NOT receive a certificate of marriage right after your ceremony.  Usually it takes about two weeks for the documentation to be sent to you from the City.  If you need documentation sooner than that, you should discuss this with the Clerk when you apply for your License.

For more information, call Peter,
email directly at peter@ourweddingofficiantnyc.com
or fill out the form below:

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