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Authorized Persons to Perform a Marriage New York

Maybe youve decided to have someone other than an ordained minister legally officiate your wedding ceremony. Follow the guidelines below to learn who can perform legally at your wedding:


1: Get started with online marriage license services.

2: Go to a Clerk of Court office in person




When it comes to choosing the right person to preside over your marriage, you should know that there are more options than just an ordained minister.

  • A clergyman or minister of any religion, or by the senior leader, or any of the other leaders, of The Society for Ethical Culture in the city of New York, having its principal office in the borough of Manhattan, or by the leader of The Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, having its principal office in the borough of Brooklyn of the city of New York, or of the Westchester Ethical Society, having its principal office in Westchester county, or of the Ethical Culture Society of Long Island, having its principal office in Nassau county, or of the Riverdale-Yonkers Ethical Society having its principal office in Bronx county, or by the leader of any other Ethical Culture Society affiliated with the American Ethical Union.
  • A mayor of a village, a county executive of a county, or a mayor, recorder, city magistrate, police justice or police magistrate of a city, a former mayor or the city clerk of a city of the first class of over one million inhabitants or any of his or her deputies or not more than four regular clerks, designated by him or her for such purpose as provided in section eleven-a of this chapter, except that in cities which contain more than one hundred thousand and less than one million inhabitants, a marriage shall be solemnized by the mayor, or police justice, and by no other officer of such city, except as provided in subdivisions one and three of this section.
  • A judge of the federal circuit court of appeals for the second circuit, a judge of a federal district court for the northern, southern, eastern or western district of New York, a judge of the United States court of international trade, a federal administrative law judge presiding in this state, a justice or judge of a court of the unified court system, a housing judge of the civil court of the city of New York, a retired justice or judge of the unified court system or a retired housing judge of the civil court of the city of New York certified pursuant to paragraph (k) of subdivision two of section two hundred twelve of the judiciary law, the clerk of the appellate division of the supreme court in each judicial department or a county clerk of a county wholly within cities having a population of one million or more

Or you can just go to this website, which makes the whole process of selection as easy as one, two, three: http://www.nyofficiants.com/

You can also download the new Marriage License Easy Guide™ to assist you with the New York marriage license process, as well as offer you helpful information on popular marriage topics.

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