New York Virtual Wedding Officiant Regulations

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Can You Officiate a Wedding Over Skype in New York?


Yes. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released an executive order that allowed city clerks and other wedding officiants to officiate wedding ceremonies over the internet by video. The announcement marked the first such official authorization of virtual weddings, and a marked shift away from rules that normally require the officiant and the couple to be physically present for the ceremony.

This order grants officiants -- that meets the state's requirements -- the authority to solemnize marriage via video!

Below, we have included the original copy of the order, since we think it is important that officiants read and understand the rules as they are published.

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For the duration of the order, any issuance of a marriage license application, marriage license, or witnessing or solemnizing of the marriage ceremony, that is required under New York State law is authorized to be performed utilizing audio-video technology provided that the conditions listed below are met. Since this is an evolving situation, the information below is posted only for reference, and we urge you to check with your local clerk for the most up-to-date information.

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