Andrew Cuomo – New Yorkers Can Get Marriage Licenses on zoom
New Yorkers Can Get Marriage Licenses Remotely, Hold Virtual Weddings
Andrew Cuomo – New Yorkers Can Get Marriage Licenses on zoom.
With New York’s marriage bureaus closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday that the people can now get their marriage licenses remotely, and, for clerks to conduct ceremonies over video.
“There is now no excuse when the question comes up for marriage,” he said during his Saturday briefing. “You can do it by Zoom. Yes or no.”
Couples whose weddings were put on hold due to the COVID 19 pandemic will soon have the opportunity to tie the knot.
Before Gov. Cuomo’s “Pause” order, partners had to apply for marriage licenses in person. Now, licenses will be granted online and clerks will be authorized to conduct ceremonies over video conferencing, Secretary to Governor Melissa DeRosa said.
NEW: I am issuing an Executive Order allowing New Yorkers to obtain a marriage license remotely and allowing clerks to perform ceremonies via video conference.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) April 18, 2020
Cuomo’s order takes it a step further, giving New York couples who were planning marriage but didn’t have their licenses yet to get the necessary paperwork handled via video. There doesn’t seem to be any requirement that couples have to use Zoom for their license application and ceremony, of course; plenty of remote weddings have happened over FaceTime and other video conferencing platforms.