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The Governor has issued Executive Order 202.20 which relates to marriage licenses and remote marriage services during the current state of emergency. The Executive Order:

  • Waives the 60 days required to obtain a marriage license during the period of time that there exists a declared emergency in New York State;
  • Permits those persons who were unable to marry within the time frame issued on the marriage license to obtain a second marriage license (and waives the fees), if necessary, mirroring the original marriage license that was obtained during the period of time a declared emergency existed in New York State; 
  • Authorizes the issuance of a marriage license application, marriage license, or witnessing or solemnizing of the marriage ceremony, to be performed utilizing audio-video technology provided certain conditions are met.

The Executive Order can be found here.

Governor Cuomo has issued Executive Order 202.21 which can be found here. The Executive Order clarifies that any officiant, public or private, is able to perform or solemnize such marriage ceremony utilizing audio-video technology, per Executive Order 202.20.


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