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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 and licensing as a Marriage Officiant and ceremonial minister complies with all state and local laws in New York and is valid and accepted throughout the state and everywhere around the world! Click here to get started.
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.
* — 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 New York City 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 anywhere in the state. Under the terms of your ordination, you will also be permitted to serve in your home state.
Ordination Fee: We offer low-cost ordination that is valid and accepted throughout the United States, including New York, for a nominal fee that covers our basic printing costs, which is generally a fraction of how much you can earn by performing just one ceremony!
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.
All state-required forms and documents are included in all packages. In addition, any fees paid may be tax-deductible as a work-related expense. (Consult with your tax professional for more information.)
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