New York City Marriage Bureau opens its doors (partially), now accepting appointments for marriage licenses

Tags: regulations, local-wedding-requirements, marriage-licenses, government-shutdown, covid-19-shutdown, virtual-weddings

Published: Thursday, May. 21st, 2020

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Here’s an encouraging sign that normalcy might be returning to the wedding space: Yesterday, perhaps the busiest marriage license office in the country, the New York City Marriage Bureau, posted on Twitter that it was accepting appointments through October 1, 2020.

That said, the openings are strictly for licenses, and couples will need to sort out the ceremony on their own. 

But with 32,381 AMM-ordained ministers in the state as of time of publication, finding a good officiant shouldn’t be too challenging -- and of course, if you’re a couple that knows someone who is perfect for the role, they can always get ordained as a wedding officiant right here on this website!

Here’s all the detail that we have right now: The New York City Marriage Bureau is telling couples that, “More Cupid marriage license appointments are available through Oct 1. We will add more availability to the summer months as more of our staff come online. Thank you for your patience!”

 

NY Governor Cuomo (right) was one of the first governors to allow virtual wedding ceremonies...

 

They made sure to tell couples that they wouldn’t be able to celebrate their nuptials with one of their world-famous courthouse ceremonies though. “Please be aware these appointments are for a marriage license only. Couples must arrange for a private ceremony after obtaining their license.”

There isn’t any further information on the bureau’s website, but there is a pretty comprehensive guide to licensing and officiating virtual ceremonies during the shutdowd, which is worth a read. 

The process is still closed on their website, but we expect that to change in the next few days, so check back in with them if you’re pursuing this course of action. 
 

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