Getting Married In New York State

Couples who intend to be married in New York State must apply in person for a marriage license to any town or city clerk in the state. The bride and groom must both be present. The marriage license is issued immediately; however, the marriage may not take place within 24 hours from the exact time that the license was issued.

When both applicants are 16 years of age or older, the 24 hour waiting period may be waived by an order of a justice of the Supreme Court or a judge of the County Court of the county in which either the bride or groom resides.

A New York State license is valid for 60 days, beginning the day after it is issued.

If the marriage license is issued by a town or city clerk in New York state outside of New York City, it costs $25. It is is issued by the City Clerk of the City of New York, it costs $30. The fee in either case includes the issuance of a Certificate of Marriage Registration. This certificate is automatically sent by the issuing clerk to the applicants within 15 days after the completed license is returned by the officiant who performs the marriage ceremony. It serves as notice that a record of the marriage is on file. Couples who do not receive a Certificate of Marriage Registration within four weeks of the wedding should contact the town or city clerk who issued the license.

Proof of Identity is required when applying for the marriage license. It may be in the form of a driver.s license, DMV-issued non-driver.s license, passport, birth certificate and/or social security card. One of two proofs must show photo ID.

If the bride or groom has been previously married, proof of a Decree of Divorce, Certificate of Dissolution of Marriage or Death Certificate of deceased spouse, must be presented when applying for the marriage license.

Special Rules for New York City

The person performing the ceremony must be registered with the City of New York in order to perform a ceremony within the New York City limits. The officiant does not have to be a resident of New York State.

Where do you get copies of a New York marriage certificate?
For copies of marriage licenses issued anywhere in New York State except New York City, a certified copy of the marriage record may be obtained from the office of the town or city clerk who issued the license, or from the New York State Department of Health. The fee is $10 if you obtain a certified copy from the town or city clerk who issued the license. If applying to the New York State Department of Health, the fee is $5. For a certified copy, write to:

Certification Unit,
Vital Records Section,
New York State Department of Health
P.O. Box 2602, Albany, New York 12220-2602

For marriage licenses issued in New York City you must apply to the borough office of the City Clerk of New York in the borough where the license was issued. The fee is $15 per copy for any additional copies needed with the first proof provided as part of the license process for free. Write to the City Clerk of New York:

Manhattan: Municipal Building (south side), 1 Centre Street, 2nd floor, NY 10007

Contact info: Manhattan City Clerk of New York 8:30AM - 4:00PM 212 669-2400

Bronx: 851 Grand Concourse, 161st Street, Ground Floor, Bronx 10457

Contact info: Bronx City Clerk 9:00AM - 4:00PM 718-590-5307

Brooklyn: Municipal Building, 210 Joralemon Street, Room 205, Brooklyn 11201

Contact info: Brooklyn City Clerk 9:00AM - 4:00PM 718-802-3585

Queens: 120-55 Queens Boulevard, Kew Gardens 11424

Contact info: Queens City Clerk 8:30AM - 4:00PM 718-286-2829

Staten Island Office of the City Clerk of New York

Borough Hall, 10 Richmond Terrace, Rm 311, SI 10301

Contact info: Staten Island City Clerk 8:30AM - 4:00PM 718 - 816-2290