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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 CONTINUES!
CITY CLERK TO REOPEN JULY 23, 2021 !

As of July 19, 2021 The New York City Clerk's Manhattan Marriage Bureau Office will be making appointments for in person licensing and in person weddings via the online Project Cupid portal. Couples can also choose to make an appointment to receive their Marriage License by videoconference. City Clerk's offices in other boroughs remain closed at this time.

GETTING AN APPOINTMENT: The NYC Clerk releases new Project Cupid appointments for Marriage Licenses on a weekly basis every Thursday. 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. For the most current information, check the Clerk's posts on social media

UPDATE: On July 15, 2021, the Clerk's office released appointments for August 2-August 6, 2021, and Mayor DeBlasio announced that all City Clerk's offices would reopen on July 23, 2021. We will post updates as soon as the Clerk releases details.

Licenses issued during the pandemic emergency (with an expiration date of March 7, 2020 or later) will remain valid for 60 days after the state emergency is lifted. However, the 24 hour waiting period from the time you get your license to the time of your ceremony remains in effect.

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 still 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 New York State.
NOTE: Some towns/counties are requiring in person signatures.

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.

More information is available on the City Clerk's new FAQ page.



VIRTUAL/ONLINE WEDDING CEREMONIES HAVE ENDED!

On June 25, 2021 Governor Cuomo unexpectedly rescinded the emergency Executive Order that had allowed online wedding ceremonies. Effective immediately, the City Clerk will not process Marriage Licenses for ceremonies which occur via videoconference after June 25, 2021. Online weddings had previously been extended through July 6, 2021 by the Governor, therefore Our Wedding Officiant NYC is trying to accommodate all couples who had made appointments for Online Weddings with in person license signings.

While you can no longer get married online, you MUST still get your license appointment online through Project Cupid.

INTRODUCING SIDEWALK SIGNINGS!

The suddenness with which online weddings ended and the continuing closure of the City Clerk's offices have left many couples without a simple, affordable way to legalize their marriages. Until the Clerk's office resumes marriage ceremonies, couples must enlist a private marriage officiant to complete their marriage license. In order to accommodate these couples, Our Wedding Officiant NYC will sign your license in person, outdoors on 23rd Street near 8th Avenue, on weekdays by appointment only, until all of the City Clerk's offices reopen.

SIDEWALK SIGNING   $150
No ceremony.
  simple "I do's"
  optional ring/vow exchange.
  Pronouncement of marriage.
  License signing.
Please limit your guests to 1 or 2 witnesses.
Weekdays only.
By apponitment only.
Rain or shine.

Our Wedding Officiant NYC has resumed performing in person weddings at all venues. Continuing safety protocols will be discussed with each couple when you call to book your wedding. To check our availability, call Peter, email directly at peter@ourweddingofficiantnyc.com
or fill out the form below.

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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