Domestic Relations Law Section 20-C
Certification of marriage
- new certificate in case of subsequent change of name or gender
1.A new marriage certificate shall be issued by the town or city clerk where the marriage license and certificate was issued, upon receipt of proper proof of a change of name or gender designation. Proper proof shall consist of:
(a)a judgment, order or decree affirming a change of name or gender designation of either party to a marriage;
(b)an amended birth certificate demonstrating a change of name or gender designation;
(c)in the case of a change of gender designation, a notarized affidavit from the individual attesting to their change of gender designation; or
(d)such other proof as may be established by the commissioner of health.
2.When a new marriage certificate is made pursuant to this section, the town or city clerk shall substitute such new certificate for the marriage certificate then on file, if any, and shall send the state commissioner of health a digital copy of the new marriage certificate in a format prescribed by the commissioner, with the exception of the city clerk of New York who shall retain their copy. The town or city clerk shall make a copy of the new marriage certificate for the local record and hold the contents of the original marriage certificate confidential along with all supporting documentation, papers and copies pertaining thereto. It shall not be released or otherwise divulged except by order of a court of competent jurisdiction.
3.The town or city clerk shall be entitled to a fee of ten dollars for the amendment and certified copy of any marriage certificate in accordance with the provisions of this section.
4.The state commissioner of health may, in their discretion, report to the attorney general any town or city clerk that, without cause, fails to issue a new marriage certificate upon receipt of proper proof of a change of name or gender designation in accordance with this section. The attorney general shall thereupon, in the name of the state commissioner of health or the people of the state, institute such action or proceeding as may be necessary to compel the issuance of such new marriage certificate.
Section 20-C — Certification of marriage; new certificate in case of subsequent change of name or gender,
https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/laws/DOM/20-C (updated Oct. 14, 2022; accessed Nov. 25, 2023).