1) Complete the attached application forms, print and sign them, then scan and return
completed forms with all supporting documents to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2) After applications and documents have been reviewed and approved by City Clerk,
she will call you for credit card information and to schedule video-conference. Payment
will be processed and Clerk will email receipt and unsigned marriage license to you.
3) Review license carefully. After the license is filed with New York State, it can take
up to 18 months (in the best of times) to get it corrected, so make sure it is accurate
now. The City Clerk cannot alter the license on your behalf after a ceremony has been
performed, no matter how large or small an error may be. It is your responsibility at all
times through this process to make sure that your information is correct. Respond via
email with any corrections or to indicate that license is correct.
4) Once you have approved license via email, a video-conference link will be sent.
5) All videoconferences will be recorded. Both parties will be asked to show
identification to the camera, and each will be asked to swear or affirm the following:
• They are physically situated in the jurisdiction where the marriage is legally
allowed to occur, the State of New York;
• The documents they sent were images of certified documents and they had not
been fraudulently modified or altered;
• There are no legal impediments to the marriage and that the information
contained in their application is true and correct to the best of their knowledge;
• The marriage license sent to them is true and correct to the best of their
6) You will then sign the license on camera. Scan and send a copy of the signed license
to the City Clerk.
7) As required by NYS law, wait 24 hours after the license is issued to hold a ceremony.
After the ceremony, the officiant must complete and sign the bottom portion of the
license and at least one witness must also sign the license; this can be done via
electronic means (note all signatures should be on one page). After signatures have
been obtained from the officiant and witness(es), return the completed license to the
City Clerk. Once the signed document is returned to the City Clerk, she will sign and
seal it. The original will be filed with the State of New York, and a marriage certificate
will be mailed to the couple.