How to Officiate Weddings in New York City
An American Marriage Ministries Guide to Performing Marriage in the Big Apple
If you plan on performing a wedding ceremony in New York City, there are registration steps that you need to follow. You will need to register with the New York City Clerk’s Office Marriage Bureau, which handles Marriage Licenses, Domestic Partnerships, civil Marriage Ceremonies, copies of Marriage Records, and amendments of Marriage Records. But don’t worry.
We’ve broken the process down into two easy-to-follow steps, and then answered your most commonly asked questions about performing weddings in New York City. This will allow you to nail the bureaucratic stuff if a few hours, and let you concentrate on creating the perfect wedding ceremony in one of the most iconic cities in the world!
To start out with, you will need to complete a New York City Marriage Officiant Registration Application. You can begin the process with the Clerk's online application however you will have to finish the application in person at the Clerk's office. You will also need to submit:
We recommend that you begin the online process well in advance of the wedding, and order your New York Minister Ordination Package. Your package contains all the required paperwork, detailed instructions to guide you through the process, and wedding training materials to help you perform a memorable wedding ceremony.
Once you receive your package, or have assembled the materials on your own, bring your completed forms and necessary documents to the city Clerk at:City Clerk Marriage Bureau
Based on past precedent, the registration process with the City Clerk should take not more than an hour.
If you have further questions, you can contact the Marriage Bureau at:
Phone: (212) 669-8090
The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am - 3:45pm.
Below is important information pertaining to marriage licenses issued in New York City. For clarification on what this information means you can check out our Marriage License Laws Explained page.
The certificate of permission to perform a marriage in the state of Nevada for a Minister or Religious Official – that’s you once you get ordained online here – has the required documents at the top of the application. We suggest ordering our Nevada Minister Ordination Package which contains:
After the wedding, the officiant should send the completed license back to the issuing city clerk's office for recording. Before you put the completed license in the mail, verify the all the signatures are on the marriage license after the wedding ceremony. The signatures of both spouses, a witness, and an eligible officiant - that’s you - must all be present for a New York City marriage license to be valid.
It is the couple’s responsibility to file for the marriage license, which they can do through the office of the City Clerk. Once the marriage license is in hand, there is a 60 day window to complete the marriage ceremony and file the license with the New York City Clerk’s Office. There is also a 24 hour waiting period following the issuance of the license during before the ceremony can take place. That’s why it’s important to schedule the licensing part off the wedding ceremony in advance!
Beginning the application process online will save the couple time when they appear at the City Clerk's office because they will not have to fill out a paper application—just be sure to bring a confirmation number.