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How to Perform Marriage in New York

Minister Licensing Summary

Minimum Age:
18 Years
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1. Become an Ordained Minister

American Marriage Ministries ordains all people, regardless of belief, who have an honest intent to administer marriage rites and other religious ceremonies according to the values of their congregation and community.

There is no cost to ordination, expiration, or licensing fees. All that we ask is that you take your duties seriously and help support us through donation or a purchase from our store.

Minister Licensing Requirements in New York

In New York some local clerks may ask the minister to register before performing marriage. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED IN NEW YORK CITY (see below).

The minister does not need to be a New York resident, though he or she must be at least 18 years old.

If the marriage is not taking place in New York City, we recommend that the minister speak with the registrar at the office where the couple files for their marriage license. The minister may be asked to show their credentials before performing marriage.


Registration is required in New York City. Any minister can begin their registration application online, however he or she must complete their application in person at the Marriage Officiant Registration Clerk, in the Office of the City Clerk:

141 Worth St
New York, NY 10013

8:30 am to 3:45 pm
Monday – Friday

The minister must provide the following:

1. Certificate of Ordination
2. Letter of Good Standing
3. American Marriage Ministries Articles of Incorporation
4. Valid ID (Driver’s License, Passport, etc)
5. $15 (for application fee)

American Marriage Ministries makes it easy to obtain all of this documentation. Simply order our Minister Licensing Package and select “New York” for the location of marriage. We will enclose the documentation required to register with the New York City Clerk.

The City Clerk will immediately license a minister to perform marriage when their application has been filed.

2. Prepare for the Wedding

Many of our ministers are performing marriage for the first time and we are here to guide them through the process. We encourage our ministers to register their weddings with us. Once registered, we provide detailed instructions and goals to prepare them for performing marriage.

For a detailed explanation of how a wedding ceremony is conducted, its parts, and samples, visit our Wedding Ceremony Training page.

We recommend that our ministers practice their ceremony aloud prior to the wedding. By the time the big day arrives they should be fully prepared to conduct the ceremony.

3. Perform Marriage!

On the wedding day, either preceding or following the ceremony, the couple must present their marriage license to the minister, who must make sure that the license is valid, and that the couple’s information is accurate.

The minister then signs the license, ensuring that it bears any necesarry witness signatures. Once completed, the minister or the couple must return the license to the County, City or Town Clerk’s office within applicable deadlines.

For further instructions on how to complete individual forms that may appear on the marriage license, please read how to complete the marriage license.

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