Governor signs bill waiving marriage license fees for active duty military

Posted 20 August 2019 at 11:51 am

Press Release, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Office

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation (S.3756/A.55) waiving the state fee for marriage licenses for active duty members of the U.S. armed forces or their spouses. The bill also gives local governments freedom to waive the fees they charge for marriage certificates for active duty service members or spouses.

“These brave men and women leave their loved ones behind and risk their lives to protect the freedoms and values that this nation and this state were founded upon,” Governor Cuomo said. “Waiving this fee is one small way to thank these valiant New Yorkers for their service.”

Senator Shelley B. Mayer said, “I am glad to sponsor this bill to provide a well-deserved benefit to the many men and women in uniform who serve our country with great pride. S.3756 removes the state ‘marriage fee’ for active duty military members wishing to marry in New York State and allows local municipalities to do the same. This new law is just one of the ways we express our deep gratitude to active duty military service members for their continued sacrifices and service. Thank you to Governor Andrew Cuomo for signing the bill into law.”

Assembly Member David Buchwald said, “On the happy occasions when a member of our armed forces gets married in New York, we as a society should be doing everything we can to say thank you and congratulations. This is but a small gesture to show our gratitude to the men and women who protect our freedoms every day. I thank Governor Cuomo for signing this bill that will help these newlyweds, and I urge local governments to use their new authority under this law to likewise waive their local marriage license fees.”

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