Governor Kathy Hochul has signed legislation (S.739A/A.6300A) into law, creating a new path for people over the age of 18 to apply for ‘one-day designation,’ authorizing them to solemnize a single marriage on a specified day in the State of New York.

“Joining individuals in marriage is a beautiful moment that should be shared with an officiant selected by the spouses-to-be,” Governor Hochul said. “By signing this legislation into law, we are eliminating any barriers to becoming an officiant so friends and family members can share such a meaningful time with loved ones of their choosing and have their marriage recognized under New York State law.”

Legislation (S.739A/A.6300A) amends the domestic relations law to enable individuals to apply for permission to be designated as an officiant in order to solemnize a particular couple’s marriage. New York is a premiere destination for weddings and this legislation is yet another reason for couples to celebrate here.