How Does Project Cupid Work? Here’s How to Get a Marriage License During Covid-19 in NYC

Wondering how to get a marriage license during Covid-19 in NYC? With the New York City Clerk’s Office still temporarily shut down due to coronavirus, you can still get a marriage license online through Project Cupid. Here’s how Project Cupid works:

 

1. Sign up for Project Cupid and start your application for a NYC marriage license

Getting a marriage license during Covid-19 is a two-part online application process. First, go to Project Cupid at nyc.gov/cupid, click on the blue “Start Application Now” button and go through the steps of creating an account and entering your and your prospective spouse’s information. At the end of this part, you will receive a confirmation number (which will also be emailed to you).

 

2. Return to Project Cupid and finish your application

This is the second part of the two-part Project Cupid online application process. Go back to nyc.gov/cupid, click on the blue “Log In and Continue Application” button and log in using the credentials you created in Step 1. Input the confirmation number you were given in Step one. You will need to upload photos of your government IDs (such as driver’s license), answer a few personal questions, and pay the $35 Marriage License fee with a credit card. After this, you will be able to schedule your marriage license online appointment. You will receive an email confirming your date, as well as a Microsoft Teams link and conference ID to use on the day of your online appointment.

Pro tip: the City Clerk’s Office regularly releases new online appointment dates, so don’t fret if you only see options many months ahead. Check the City Clerk’s Twitter account for announcements that new dates have been released, or you can routinely check to see if new time slots due to cancellations have popped up. New appointments appear to be released every Thursday morning around 9am EST, so keep your finger on the refresh button.

If you are still unable to get a Project Cupid appointment, there are other City Clerk’s offices open on Long Island and upstate New York that you may be able to get your license at. Remember — if you’re getting married in NYC, you can get a marriage license from anywhere in New York state, not just NYC.

 

3. Have your online marriage license appointment

On your scheduled time and day, log onto your virtual appointment via the Microsoft Teams link in the email you received after you scheduled your appointment. The appointment time slot is for 45 minutes, but you’ll likely finish in around 30 minutes.

You will need to show the same government photo IDs you uploaded with your application, and confirm that you are both somewhere in New York state. Note that you must be together and in New York state during this online appointment. During the appointment you will use DocuSign to sign and digitally confirm your location. You will then receive a digital link to download your marriage license.

 

4. Get married in New York and sign the marriage license

As with pre-Covid marriage licenses, you will still need to wait at least 24 hours after you receive the license to get married. However, unlike pre-Covid times, the 60-day expiration date no longer applies; all marriage licenses received during the pandemic will be valid as long as New York is under a State of Emergency.

After your virtual Zoom ceremony or in-person marriage ceremony, your officiant and witness(es) will need to sign the license, and you will need to upload the signed license back in the nyc.gov/cupid portal. Here’s a visual guide on how to complete a NYC marriage license. You will receive a confirmation email once you have successfully uploaded your completed license. If you do not receive a confirmation, you can also email the completed license to VMLreturns@cityclerk.nyc.gov. Congrats, you are married! You should receive your marriage certificate within 4 weeks.

 

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COMMENTS

you cannot get a date, it’s all booked up. You are giving people false hope.

Hi Jonathan. I’m sorry you were unable to get an appointment and feel misled. This piece is an explanation of how Project Cupid works, and acknowledges that you may not be able to get a date at first (as well as offering a potential solution to getting one). I have several couples who were able to get an appointment through Project Cupid, so I would encourage you to keep checking in for new released dates.

Hey,
Don’t give up. I wasn’t able to get an appointment either but my fiancé kept checking and resting the page every hour and was able to snag a date two weeks before we planned on marrying.

I just wanted to provide information on my Cupid experience to help you with your advice.

I started trying to register for Project Cupid in June and there were no appointments. I logged in on July 1 and found an appointment for July 9. It turns out that the city releases new appointments at the beginning of each month.

I attended my online appointment on July 9 and was married in Central Park on July 11.

I uploaded my completed marriage license to the Cupid Portal on July 12.

I received my marriage certificate on July 16.

The whole process was seamless and the NYC City Clerk was very helpful. NYC has done a brilliant job of rolling out this initiative.

Hey Chris, thanks for sharing your experience — glad it went seamlessly for you, and congrats on your recent marriage! Central Park is definitely a good choice for a stress-free yet beautiful wedding.

Hi Chris, were you able to get a permit for Central Park?

HI I HAVE AN APPOINTMENT THROUGH PROJECT CUPID BUT IT IS IN PERSON OR ONLINE. AND WHERE DO I GO TO MEET THEM ONLINE I DIDNT GET A LINK FOR THE APPOINTMENT DATE.

Hi Jholeyni,
The license appointment will be online via video conference. When you complete the Project Cupid process and select your appointment date, you should receive an email confirming the date/time and also a Microsoft Teams link for your video call. If you did not receive this, email officeservices@cityclerk.nyc.gov to inquire.

Octavia Webb Russell

Oh my gosh how did you get your marriage license so quick I got married through cupid on july 23rd and still havent heard anything or recieved my marriage license as yet , is there a number that I can contact?

How did you get married in Central Park, me and my partner also planning to do that, please help give some advise thank you

Hi Jing,
I have a guide on having a Central Park wedding. Hope this helps!
Jocelyn

We filled our application and paid the necessary fee, but it keeps saying that there are no available dates for the next 4 months.. Really upset:( Should we just keep checking the dates at their website everyday or call if it’s possible?

Hi Sarah! I know it’s a frustrating process when there aren’t any dates available. However, I would recommend checking back every morning for new spots. According to the City Clerk’s Twitter, they seem to release new dates every Thursday morning around 9am (but random cancellations can open up other spots). Good luck!

I paid the $35 and have been trying to get an appointment all month and it has been saying it’s all booked up until October and nothing there, I would of thought that because the fee was paid I would definitely receive a date but nothing as of yet and my ceremony date is around the corner and I am starting to panic, please tell me is there another way? I have been logging on the cupid site multiple times a day almost every day to where it’s stressing me out.

Hi Jeannetta,
Sorry to hear you’re having a tough time getting an appointment! I’ve heard the same story from many people, so you’re not alone. My best recommendation would be to follow the Marriage Bureau Twitter, where they announce new appointments. Typically it seems they’ve been releasing new appointments on Thursdays at 9am EST, so I’d recommend getting on the site this Thursday morning around 8:50am and start refreshing.

Celeste Carhuamaca

Hi I got married on July 11 and uploaded my marriage license a few days after and never received a confirmation. I’ve emailed the city clerk and tried calling several times but never got ahold of anyone. It is not until today that I read your blog and emailed them my license that I received a confirmation email. Thank you for the info!

Hi Celeste,
I’m so glad you found it helpful! Congratulations on your nuptials, and best wishes for the future!

Octavia Webb Russell

Oh my gosh how did you get your marriage license so quick I got married through cupid on july 23rd and still havent heard anything or recieved my marriage license as yet , is there a number that I can contact?

Hi Octavia,

Sorry to hear you’re having issues! I don’t have a phone number, but do have a few emails you can try. If you’re having issues with your license appointment, you can try emailing officeservices@cityclerk.nyc.gov. If you’ve already had your license appointment, got married, uploaded your completed license and are waiting on receiving confirmation and/or your marriage certificate, try emailing your completed license again to VMLreturns@cityclerk.nyc.gov. Good luck!

Does anyone know if we can get a license from any other town in NY state? I can’t wait til October.

Hi Elzbieta,
Yes, you can get your license from any open clerk in New York state. I’ve heard couples having luck with Scarsdale and Greenburgh, and also on Long Island. Good luck!

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