Cuomo’s Latest Executive Order Authorizes “Zoom Weddings”

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By Julia Westbrook, Paralegal at Law Firm of Moumita Rahman

Thinking about getting married in New York in 2020? Virtual weddings just became legitimate in the state.

On April 18, 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Executive Order No. 202.20, making marriages more easily accessible in New York amid the COVID-19 crisis.

The executive order authorizes the use of any audio-video technology, such as Zoom, for obtaining a marriage license application, or a marriage license, as long as certain conditions are met.

As you plan your virtual wedding, please keep in mind the official regulations:

  1. The couple getting married must show valid photo ID to prove identity during the video conference, not merely transmit it prior to or after.
  2. The video conference must allow for direct interaction between the couple and the city clerk, and the witness. This means there can’t be any pre-recorded videos of someone engaging in the marriage ceremony.
  3. The couple must affirmatively represent that they are physically located in the State of New York.
  4. The couple must transmit by fax or electronic means a legible copy of the signed document directly to the city clerk, the witnesses, the person to solemnize the marriage on the same date it was signed.
  5. The city clerk and witness may sign the transmitted copy of the document and transmit the same back to the person responsible for the document by law.
  6. Everyone involved must use their best efforts to ensure that the marriage document is transmitted between the couple, the city clerk, and the witness in the most confidential manner.

Once these conditions are met, the electronic signed copy of the marriage license application or marriage license will become the official document for purposes of Domestic Relations Law in the state of New York.

You can hold your ceremony anywhere! Your living room, your roof—anywhere with a reliable Wi-Fi connection. Check out this Vogue article for zoom wedding tips from the wedding-planning experts.

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