Virtual Weddings in the State of California

May 3, 2020

 

On Thursday, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order that will allow California couples to obtain their marriage licenses via teleconference as the state has stopped weddings and other large gatherings during the pandemic.  California residents will also be able to "conduct a ceremony to solemnize the marriage via videoconference, as long as both parties are present, and have at least one witness who can join the live video conference," according to a statement released by the governor’s office. These new laws will be in effect for the next 60 days.

 

Under the new executive order, “adults will be able to obtain a marriage license, at the discretion of their local county clerk, through videoconferencing, as long as both adults are located within the State of California, are present, and can present identification during the video conference, a statement from the governor’s office read.

 

Not to be outdone, New York’s Governor Andrew signed an executive order of his own on Saturday that allows New Yorkers to obtain marriage licenses and perform ceremonies remotely.

 

You can’t hurry love, but you can’t stop it now either.

 

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