Your complete ceremonial minister credentials package for New York includes all of the documents you'll need to legally perform all of life's celebrations, including weddings, baby blessings (baptism), house blessings, re-commitment ceremonies (vow renewal), funerals, handfasting and other ceremonies. Ordination through First Nation as a licensed Wedding Officiant and ceremonial minister complies with all New York laws and is valid and accepted everywhere around the world!
The laws of the State of New York do not require persons performing marriage ceremonies to file their credentials with any agency* in the state. You must hold a current and valid minister's license to perform such rites; in addition, you must present your credentials to any state or local authority and/or the bridal couple upon their request.
In New York, ordination or investment by the Church gives each clergy member the authority to perform the marriage rite. You are not required to undergo any specific formal training to become ordained in New York. Please contact our support team for additional information on local regulations.
* — Note: If the ceremony is taking place in one of the five boroughs of New York City (Brooklyn, The Bronx, Manhattan, Queens or Staten Island), you are required to register with the city's Marriage Bureau in Manhattan prior to performing the ceremony. Special forms and documents from the Church are required by the Marriage Bureau in order for your ordination to be valid. Please select the New York City Endorsement (below) to include this option.
Not a resident of New York? New York does not restrict legally ordained non-resident ministers from serving in the state. Under the terms of your ordination, you will also be permitted to serve in your home state.
Registration Fee: The current registration fee is $32 for comprehensive (complete) ordination that is accepted in New York, as well as most other states and local jurisdictions (two-year licensing term). All state-required forms and documents are included.
Please Note: Basic-level (single ceremony) ordination is not accepted in New York. To perform marriage ceremonies in New York, you must request complete ordination.