How to Get Married Online in NYC
Wondering how to get married online in NYC, thanks to the pandemic? Due to Governor Cuomo’s executive orders 202.20 and 202.21, anyone with a valid New York marriage license can now get married online via audio-visual telecommunications programs such as Zoom. Here’s how getting married online in NYC works.
1. Get your NYC Marriage License
Project Cupid is the NYC Marriage Bureau’s online portal to get a marriage license virtually. You will need to sign up and pay the $35 license fee, then choose your virtual appointment date. Note that appointments are competitive; new spots tend to be released every Thursday at 9am. Alternatively, you can go to any open City Clerk in New York state. I’ve heard that Scarsdale, Greenburgh and Yonkers all have open City Clerks. Call first to find out availability.
2. Wait at least 24 hours, but not more than 60 days
There is still a 24 hours waiting period between when you receive your marriage license and when you can get married. Your license is valid for 60 days. In the past, Cuomo has waived the expiration, but it’s best to get married within the 60 days to be on the safe side.
3. Schedule an online marriage ceremony with an NYC wedding officiant
I am an ordained and registered online marriage officiant, ready to get you married online in NYC! There are varying levels of virtual weddings, starting at $199, depending on how complex you want the ceremony to be and how many guests will be attending. We’ll first have an introductory call and can figure out what works best for you. Click here to see more details.
4. Get Married Online in NYC via Zoom
Once you’ve secured the date and time, you can get married online in NYC. Note that you, your fiance(e), and your witness must all physically be in New York state. You and your fiance(e) must be together, although your witness can be elsewhere in New York. With my Zoom weddings you’ll have a personalized ceremony, complete with vows, ring exchange and first kiss — just like if you were getting married in-person. Afterward, we will complete the marriage license paperwork together.
5. Send the completed marriage license back to the City Clerk
Once the ceremony is finished, you and your spouse will need to complete the marriage license while still on the Zoom call. Your witness will then add their information and signature. Finally, I will add officiant details and signature. You can the upload your marriage license back into the Project Cupid portal, or email it to VMLreturns@cityclerk.nyc.