Hudson Valley Weddings and Ceremonies
Interfaith Non-Denominational Minister and Civil Wedding Officiant
Who can get married now?
Any couple that meets current requirements for getting married in New York State is eligible to marry regardless of sex.
Is there a waiting period?
Yes. Although the marriage license is issued immediately upon application, current law mandates that the marriage ceremony cannot take place within 24 hours from the exact time that the license was issued. When both applicants are 16 years of age or older, the 24-hour waiting period may be waived by an order of a justice of the Supreme Court or a judge of the County Court of the county in which either of the applicants resides. If either person is under 16 years of age, the order must be from the Family Court judge of the county in which the person under 16 years of age resides.
Where can I obtain the form for a marriage license?
A couple that intends to be married in New York State must apply in person for a marriage license to any town or city clerk in the state outside of New York City. The application for a license must be signed by both applicants in the presence of the town or city clerk. A representative cannot apply for the license on behalf of either applicant.
Are town or city clerks required to give me a marriage license?
Yes, under New York State Law, the town or city clerk must provide a license to applicants who meet all marriage requirements for New York State.